Filmmakers scare up another “Haunting”


“The Haunting in Connecticut” is moving down the coast.

Producer Gold Circle is developing “The Haunting in Georgia,” a follow-up to this spring’s surprise hit.

The supernatural thriller centered on a family that moves to a new state and experiences spooky events in their home. The new movie is expected to follow a somewhat similar path but with a different family and setting.

Ti West, who directed the recent 1980s-set horror tale “House of the Devil,” has signed on to direct “Georgia.” Peter Cornwell directed the first film.

David Coggeshall is writing the “Georgia” screenplay. He wrote the upcoming thriller “Solo.”

Lionsgate distributed “Connecticut” but has not yet announced a formal deal for “Georgia.”

The modestly budgeted “Connecticut” became one of the breakouts of a surprisingly muscular first quarter at the box office, earning $55 million domestically despite having no marquee names in its cast. It’s the 25th-most profitable film of the year.

Winchester Mystery House to be used for new horror movie.


Winchester Mystery House

The iconic tourist attraction will be the setting of a horror movie of the same name.

The movie will be produced by Saratoga native Andrew Trapani, best known for the hit “The Haunting in Connecticut.”

Most of the 160 room Victorian mansion was built by eccentric rifle heiress Sarah L. Winchester. It was under construction for 32 years, starting in the late 1800s, and it is considered by some to be haunted.

Horror film draws unwanted visitors to Conn. house

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A Hollywood horror film that depicts the alleged haunting of a former funeral parlor in central Connecticut is turning into a nightmare for the home’s current owners and their neighbors.

The movie, “A Haunting in Connecticut,” doesn’t open until Friday, but curious fans are already making a beeline for the Southington home that inspired the movie.

“It’s just been really, really stressful,” said Susan Trotta-Smith, who bought the home 10 years ago with her husband. “It’s been a total change from a very quiet house in a very quiet neighborhood to looking out the window and seeing cars stopping all the time. It’s been very, very stressful, and sometimes worrisome.”

The family has never seen anything unusual inside their five-bedroom, two-family white wood-frame house and does not believe the property was haunted.

“It’s got beautiful woodwork, and there is a nice warm feeling to the house,” Trotta-Smith said. “Because it was a funeral home, the upstairs apartment is much more spacious. It’s like two full houses, and it has a beautiful yard, too.”

The movie, starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner and released by Lionsgate, is loosely based on stories that revolved around the house in the 1980s.

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