Ever since reality shows exploded in popularity, the subgenres have also multiplied. However, ghost shows stand alone. While there are a thousand variations on dating shows, you don’t get that many choices with ghosts. Either folks are hunting ghosts, ghosts are attacking them, or it’s story time. But none of these shows has ever proffered real evidence. The 2019 film Haunting in New England asks, though, but what if they did?
What’s the 2019 Movie Haunting in New England About?
First of all, you might have trouble finding information about a 2019 movie called Haunting in New England. That’s because it’s had a couple of working titles so far, including Provoked and American Poltergeist. But they’re all the same movie, and it’s part of micro-budget distributor Wild Eye Releasing’s paranormal category. As with their previous release, Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation, it’s about a group of amateur supernatural hunters.
However, unlike the previous movie, which is more of a found footage effort, Haunting in New England follows the crew as they search for ghosts. At first, everything on their latest trip seems pretty normal, in that they don’t find ghosts. Matt (Chris O’Reilly), one of the investigators, gets understandably frustrated. So he does something dangerous. He decides that if there are any ghosts about, they just need a little motivation. Yeah, ghosts love that. So he provokes them–hence the previous title–into showing themselves. And surprise, they don’t.
The team chalks that up to a loss like all the other times and they go home, albeit with equipment that seems to be malfunctioning. That’s because something comes with them. Well, the other team members are fine. Matt, on the other hand, and his girlfriend, Jamie (Nicole Lasala), have a new spectral roommate. Unfortunately, the new addition is less into wacky shenanigans than it is into terror. Because it’s not a friendly ghost. It’s a demon. Hardcore haunting ensues.
Everyone’s A Critic: What Audience Members Said
While there are no official critic reviews for the film, it’s available for viewing on streaming sites. Accordingly, viewers have left their thoughts. However, there doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming consensus. Reviews can best be described as mixed.
Some viewers really liked the movie, complimenting its slow burn build-up before things get spooky. As “ASouthernHorrorFan” wrote at IMDB, “…that ‘sleeper’ feel of the first part of the film does more to disarm you just enough for the thrilling height of action, which throws, claws, and drags you right to the exciting, and intense climax-and man is it thrilling. This is a story that builds calmly, steadily right up until all Hell breaks loose.” In addition, several people who like ghost stories also gave it a higher score.
On the other hand, viewers that didn’t like the movie really didn’t like it. Although some weren’t very descriptive, others went into the specific elements they disliked. These included technical complaints, like issues with the sound quality, as well as the special effects. The acting and storyline turned off other viewers.
Finally, there are those viewers in the middle, who gave it a corresponding rating–neither exceptionally good nor unforgivably bad. These viewers, for instance, thought A Haunting in New England had potential, but wasn’t as good as it could be.
But you can decide for yourself. The 2019 film A Haunting in New England is available on demand on Roku – sign up and watch it on HorrorMax TV!
featured image via Wild Eye Releasing
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.