This Is the Dumbest Movie Title of the Year

Slate's Culture Blog
Jan. 14 2013 2:54 PM

The Dumbest Movie Title of the Year

Granted, we’re only two weeks into 2013, but the awfulness of this movie title will be hard to top: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is about a young family that moves into an old house in Georgia, only to discover that, thanks to its heroic past—a previous resident helped slaves escape to the north as part of the Underground Railroad—it is now haunted.

What does this have to do with Connecticut? Nothing, of course. But the original Haunting in Connecticut was a minor hit—the low-budget movie made $77 million worldwide—and someone decided that brand recognition was more important than good sense. According to earlier reports, this “sister film” (it is not, apparently, a true sequel) was set to be called The Haunting in Georgia, before more foolish heads prevailed.

Advertisement

A third movie is already planned, originally announced as The Haunting in New York. So keep your eyes peeled for The Haunting in Connecticut 3: Ghosts of the Tri-State Area. Or, you know, don’t.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Photography
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
  Arts
Television
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.