The Haunting In Connecticut’s Ending Explained

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Summary

  • The Haunting in Connecticut is based on a semi-true story of a family tormented by dark spirits in their new home, with a focus on Matt’s cancer and Peter’s alcoholism.
  • Matt defeats the evil spirits by breaking down the walls and freeing the trapped corpses, ultimately lighting the house on fire to end the haunting.
  • Jonah is an important character who is actually a victim. Nicholas’s attempts to help worsen the situation and put Matt’s family in danger.


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The Haunting in Connecticut follows a semi-true story of a family tormented in their home by dark spirits. The plot is centered on Matt, a teenager with cancer, and his parents, Sara and Peter. Simultaneously, the family is dealing with Peter’s alcohol abuse, which only makes their situation worse. To be closer to Matt’s doctors, the family moves to a new home with Matt’s younger brother Billy and his cousins Wendy and Mary.

After the move, Matt begins to experience intense visions, which his family initially thinks are a result of his cancer treatments. However, soon, they all learn there’s a room in the basement that once was used as a mortuary. When the rest of the family starts having terrifying supernatural experiences, they realize Matt is telling the truth and something horrifying is happening in their new house. By the end of The Haunting in Connecticut, though, the evil spirits appear to be gone.

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How Matt Defeated The Evil Spirits In The Haunting In Connecticut

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After being haunted by spirits throughout The Haunting in Connecticut, Matt realizes he has to defeat them himself if he wants the terror to stop. He escapes the hospital where he’s being treated after awakening to symbols carved into his skin. He returns home with an ax and breaks down the walls, revealing several corpses that had been stuffed there years ago. After doing research and talking to fellow patient Nicholas, Matt learns about a fire that previously occurred in the home.

Matt decides to free the spirits by lighting the home on fire again. According to The Haunting in Connecticut‘s ending titles, the house was rebuilt, and none of the later owners ever complained about any supernatural events occurring. The film doesn’t clarify exactly how Matt was able to free the spirits. However, it seems his ability to understand the suffering that had happened in the home helped him put an end to the haunting.

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What Caused Matt’s Cancer To Go Away

Ending of The Haunting in Connecticut

One of the most mysterious aspects of The Haunting in Connecticut‘s ending is how Matt’s cancer disappeared after he burned down the home. According to the ending narration from Sara, she believes it was God working in mysterious ways to heal her son. However, there’s another interpretation that can come from the film’s ending.

It’s possible that since Matt was experiencing great suffering due to his cancer, he was able to connect to the spirits who had suffered in the home. This could be the reason only he and Nicholas could see the visions while the others in the home could not. When Matt is able to free the spirits and put an end to the torture in the home by burning it down, he is also able to put an end to his own suffering.

Jonah’s Character & Involvement In The Hauntings Explained

Jonah in The Haunting in Connecticut

Other than Matt, Jonah is the most crucial character in The Haunting In Connecticut. Many scenes throughout the film suggest there is a connection between Matt and Jonah. At some points in the movie, Jonah even possesses Matt’s body and can see the world through Matt’s eyes. While it seems Jonah is evil and is responsible for Matt’s paranormal experiences, he’s actually a victim.

He often appears as a burned body who won’t leave Matt alone. However, it’s later revealed he was actually the assistant of a mortician named Ramsey Aickman, who used to use Jonah to hold séances. But Aickman was binding the spirits to the home, which is why they haunt Matt in the present day.

After everyone else is burned by a spark during the séance, Aickman tells Jonah to escape before he dies with them. Unfortunately, after attempting to escape through the dumbwaiter, Jonah is pulled back down and burned to death. Jonah is then trapped in the house with the rest of the spirits who continue to haunt the home.

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Did Peter Heal From His Alcoholism?

Peter in The Haunting in Connecticut

One of the saddest aspects of The Haunting in Connecticut is that while Peter and Sara are dealing with their son’s cancer, Peter also has to deal with his addiction to alcohol. One night, he comes home drunk and furious that his family has left all the lights in the house on before going to bed. However, Sara follows him outside and scolds him for his behavior.

In the next scene where Peter appears, he’s listening to an old tape that Matt had sent him from summer camp where he’s talking about how excited he is for parent visiting day. At this moment, Peter seems to understand how important it is for him to get better so that he can be there for his wife and son through Matt’s illness. The Haunting in Connecticut doesn’t confirm what happens with Peter, but the scene suggests he’s ready to heal himself so that he can heal his son as well.

Why Nicholas’ Blessings Made The Hauntings Worse

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After attempting to free the spirits from the home, Nicholas warns Sara that things could get worse in the house before they get better. He compares the situation to the aftershocks of an earthquake. Unfortunately, he later learns that by trying to help the family, he actually made things worse. Nicholas did not remove the evil spirits from the home, but he removed Jonah’s spirit from the home.

He learns that Jonah wasn’t evil, but he was a good spirit who was trying to protect the family from the others. By removing him, he actually put Matt and his family in great danger. This is why Matt wakes up with carvings on his body and has to be rushed to the hospital. It also causes all the food in Matt’s home to go bad, which his cousin Wendy discovers after biting into a rotten apple.

Wendy is then attacked by a spirit in the bathroom. Also, even though Nicholas rid the home of Jonah, he didn’t actually free him. Jonah continues to appear as a burned body, haunting both Nicholas and Matt, trying to get them to rid the home of the other spirits.

How Much Of The Haunting In Connecticut Is True?

Sara and Matt in The Haunting In Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut is allegedly based on a true story, namely the events that happened to the Snedeker family, who rented a home in Southington, Connecticut, in 1986. Their son Phillip Snedeker really did have cancer, though according to a People magazine interview, his cancer was in remission. When he complained of supernatural experiences, as Matt did in the film, doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia.

The family even sent Phillip to live with other relatives because he was playing cruel pranks on his family members but later forgot that he’d done them. This was not shown in The Haunting in Connecticut film. However, according to NBC News, many believe the Snedeker family made up the whole thing, possibly as a copycat story, after the financial gain the Lutz family experienced from The Amityville Horror book and films.

In fact, Ray Garton, the author of the book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting, which the film was based on, doesn’t believe the Snedeker family either. He found a lot of inconsistencies in their stories and was directed to write what he was able to get from the family and make the rest of it up. It’s hard to say what really happened in the real story of The Haunting in Connecticut, but it made for a great horror film.