When I was a kid there was this one strange family who lived in this all-black house, dressed in all black and drove a hearse. They were my neighborhood's obligatory "freaky family," and of course there were tons of weird stories people told of animals being killed and virgins being sacrificed. On the weekends and on Halloween, folks would drive past the house, daring one another to ring and run or honk their horn. Part of me felt bad for the family because no one deserves to be harassed and violated; then again, you drive a hearse and you don't own or work at a funeral home. You're just a dude. That's a strange thing to do, no?

And so when I hear how people are flocking to the real Haunting in Connecticut home, I feel bad for the nice family living there now, but I also wonder why you'd buy a home that was well known in the community as possibly being haunted. Yes, these inspired-by-true-events films -- like The Haunting of Connecticut, which we reviewed here -- are usually stretching the truth THAT far, but all people need is the tiniest of guarantees for them to obsess and get in the way. That's apparently what's happening to the family who bought the Southington house 10 years ago now that a new movie, loosely based on events that took place inside that house, is coming to theaters.

The woman who owns the house with her husband says that it's "been really, really stressful" to have all these people driving by or stopping to look in the windows. Funnily enough, she's never had a ghostly encounter there, and describes the house as having "beautiful woodwork" and a "warm feeling". But even though there aren't any ghosts (anymore?), that still won't stop the curious crowds from intruding.

The Haunting in Connecticut opens this Friday. What do you think about stalking movie-famous homes?