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A house that's haunted - by horror movie fans

A HORROR film that depicts the alleged haunting of a former funeral parlor in central Connecticut, the United States, is turning into a nightmare for the home's current owners.

"A Haunting in Connecticut" does not open until Friday, but curious fans are already making a beeline for the Southington home that inspired the movie.

"It's just been really, really stressful," said Susan Trotta-Smith, who bought the home 10 years ago with her husband.

"It's been a total change from a very quiet house in a very quiet neighborhood to looking out the window and seeing cars stopping all the time. It's been very, very stressful, and sometimes worrisome."

The family has never seen anything unusual inside their five-bedroom, white wood-frame house.

"There is a nice warm feeling to the house," Trotta-Smith said. "Because it was a funeral home, the upstairs apartment is much more spacious. It's like two full houses, and it has a beautiful yard, too."

The movie, starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner, is loosely based on stories that revolved around the house in the 1980s.

The residents then, the Snedekers, claimed their son would hear strange noises in his basement bedroom. A niece said she felt hands on her body as she tried to sleep.

The family brought in Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal researchers famous for documenting the alleged "Amityville Horror" haunting of a home on Long Island.

Lorraine Warren said she felt an evil presence but the house had been "cleared" after a seance in 1988.

"There are creatures looming in the night but not inside the house," a police spokesman said.

"They happen to be people trespassing on the property."


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