The Haunting in Connecticut is a 2009 American psychological horror film produced by Gold Circle Films and directed by Peter Cornwell. It is based on a purportedly true story alleged to have occurred to Karen Parker and her family, though Ray Garton, author of In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992), has publicly distanced himself from the accuracy of the events he depicted in the book. The film's story follows the fictional Campbells as they move into a house (a former mortuary) to mitigate the strains of travel on their cancer-stricken son, Matthew. The family soon becomes haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying the house. The Haunting in Connecticut was a moderately successful film at the box office, grossing $76,501,870, but received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to Metacritic. Gold Circle Films has announced the production of two more entries in the franchise, The Haunting in Georgia and The Haunting in New York but noted that neither film would be a direct sequel to "Haunting in Connecticut" and will instead be self-contained films with unique characters.
Matthew is a teenager suffering from cancer when his mother looks for a house closer to the hospital that is administering his experimental treatment. She finds one, and the rest of the family moves in and Matt continues to receive treatment, though also begins to experience disturbing hallucinations. The family eventually learns that the house was a former mortuary with a scandalous history, and begin seeing haunting visions themselves. With the help of a reverend Matthew meets in treatment at the hospital, the family attempts to free the house of the tormenting spirits.