Much to Lisa's dismay, soon after their move, Heidi also begins seeing "imaginary" people, in particular an old man she calls Mr. Gordy. After doing some research, the family finds out that a man name Gordy used to own the property, and prior to that, it was used as a 19th century way station for the underground railroad. As Heidi, Lisa and Joyce all begin seeing more and more specters around the property, it's clear they want something, and the Wyricks must figure out the mystery before it costs them their lives.
The End Result
Ghosts of Georgia's plot is basically one long, drawn-out series of ghostly visions -- facilitated by the fact that three of the main characters have the "gift" of seeing spirits -- with a eventual (and not terribly satisfactory) explanation as to what they mean in the final 10 minutes or so. The pacing of scares (or attempted scares) is poor, with hardly any letup in between scenes, but despite the relentless onslaught of ghostly images, the characters remain stubbornly naïve, acting surprised each time, as if they haven't already seen a half-dozen ghosts over the past two days. The protagonists' annoying nature doesn't stop there; they constantly leave poor little Heidi all alone, they always commit the genre -standard gaffe of venturing out alone to investigate strange noises, and despite all of the evidence beating her about the head and shoulders, Lisa's obliviousness about the nature of her visions makes her seem like an irresponsible and uncaring parent.
A few scenes here and there have enough of a creep factor to work, but for the most part, Ghosts of Georgia trots out tired ghost story clichés: whispered voices, little kids with "imaginary friends," ghosts who target said little kids (in this case, for no apparent reason), scary dreams, scary dreams within dreams, etc. Although it's supposedly based on a true story, the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous as it plays out, sapping any sense of realism. Ghosts of Georgia feels like such a halfhearted effort, it's hard to believe producers will follow through on plans for a New York-set sequel.
- Acting: C (Competent genre performances.)
- Direction: C- (A few scares work, but most are predictable with minimal impact.)
- Script: D+ (Cliché-ridden with annoying characters.)
- Gore/Effects: C- (Minimal gore; bland ghost makeup effects.)
- Overall: C- (A pedestrian, unimaginative ghost story with sporadic-at-best scares.)
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is directed by Tom Elkins and is rated R by the MPAA for some disturbing horror content. Release date: February 1, 2013 (limited/on demand).