Based on true story featured in the Discovery Channel documentary “A Haunting in Connecticut“.
In the movie Charts one family’s encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.
Now terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.
But some points need to be noted:
- In the original story, the one trapped in the bathroom curtain is Sara and not Wendy.
- The movie is loosely based on the real life stories of Al and Carmen Snedeker who lived in a reportedly haunted former funeral parlor in Southington, Connecticut.
- The story was first featured in the novel “In A Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting” written by Ray Garton.
- The character of Reverend Popescu was supposedly based on John Zaffis, an investigator who worked on the case.
- The case took place from 1986-1988.
- Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, who are known for involvement in The Amityville Horror case, were investigators for this case.
- This movie reunites actors Elias Koteas and Virginia Madsen who appeared together in The Prophecy nearly 15 years previously.
- Though Elias Koteas’ characters appears much older than Virginia Madsen’s, he is only six months older than her.
- The poem “As I was going up the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there. / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away” was written by Hughes Mearns.
- There are some authentic (i.e. not mocked up especially for the occasion) photos purporting to show ectoplasm in this movie. However, though they were seized upon as authentic at the time; most people now acknowledge that what is shown is regurgitated cheesecloth. (cf Mary Roach’s “Spook”)
- The “One bright day in the middle of the night” poem comes from a tradition in British and Scottish Folklore and has no real author as such. It’s considered more as a moral exercise (a “Lying Song”) in the tradition of the Miracle Plays than as true nonsense verse.
- Although the film states that the house was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt, there was never a fire and the original house still stands today.
- Features some extracts of Ward 13 as a TV broadcast. “Ward 13” was the first Peter Cornwell short movie.