slumming oscar winners

In retrospect, it's actually quite amusing that distributor Lionsgate felt compelled to build their campaign for "The Haunting in Connecticut" around the idea that the script was based on a true story. As out front with the concept as they were, one should be forgiven for attempting to ignore the nagging feeling of "really, a true story?" while trying to enjoy the genuinely creepy suspense. The trouble is that at no point does "Haunting's" realness add anything substantive to the plot or our appreciation of the conflict at hand.