When approached with thoughtfulness, sincerity, and creativity, the fantasy/horror genre can be an ideal place to deal with such weighty, real-world issues as the loss of a child (The Orphanage
) or the breakup of a family (The Shining
). By occasionally breaking from reality, those genres allow talented writers and filmmakers to skillfully address issues that may be too tender to deal with effectively in a grounded dramatic setting. Then there's The Haunting in Connecticut
, a two-for-flinching frightener that lazily dusts off that tired old "Based on True Events" claim in hopes of getting under our skin before we've even set eyes on ye old haunted...