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An American Haunting (2005)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  5 May 2006 (USA)
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Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man.

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In 2006, in Red River, Tennessee, a teenager has frequent nightmares. Her mother reads an old letter from 1817 written by her ancestor, Lucy Bell. After a dispute of lands judged by the church, her husband John Bell is cursed by his opponent Kathe Batts, who has a fame of being a witch. From this moment on, an entity threatens John and her daughter Betsy Bell, attacking the girl during the nights. With the support of Betsy's school teacher Richard Powell, who tries to find rational explanations for the manifestation; her brother John Bell Jr.; and their friend James Johnston, who unsuccessfully tries to exorcize the entity from the house, the family does their best to protect Betsy in the haunted house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for intense terror sequences and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$200,174 (Brazil) (29 September 2006)

Gross:

$430,745 (Brazil) (6 October 2006)
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The movie is actually based on a purportedly true story. Andrew Jackson was quoted as saying, "I would rather take on the entire English Fleet than stay one night at the Bell House," however his presence at the house is disputed and there are no official records that confirm he was actually present or witnessed any supernatural activity. The haunting is documented in M. V. Ingram's 1894 book, An Authenticated History of The Famous Bell Witch. This movie was based on the book by Brent Monahan,The Bell Witch: An American Haunting the Famous Bell Witch. However, the Ingram book has been called into question by researchers, who have noted that it's based on secondhand accounts and that no firsthand accounts to the haunting survive, and records from the time have not supported the story of the haunting. The Ingram book calls on quotes from letters and diaries but those documents no longer exist (if they ever did) and it is impossible to verify if the haunting actually happened or if it was a hoax or an early urban legend. Some researchers have even raised the possibility that the Ingram book was actually a work of fiction now mistakenly believed to be a factual account. See more »

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In a night scene where the light from the candles and fireplace are systematically blown out, James Johnston immediately picks up his Bible and begins reading in the dark. See more »

Quotes

Richard Powell: This... entity... do you believe that it can read your mind?
John Bell: No. But I do believe that it can hear our conversations, that's how it knows our every move.
Richard Powell: But it is only present on this property!
[Richard raises his eyebrows, suggesting that if they leave without saying a thing, the entity probably wouldn't know, or follow]
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Terrifying....
27 November 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed "An American Haunting". The story flowed nicely and the performances were fantastic! I was a little wary at first, though. I had seen Courtney Solomon's first film, "Dungeons & Dragons" and was extremely disappointed. Solomon more than makes up for his past failures with "An American Haunting"! The film keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek are joys to watch, as usual. But the real star is Rachel Hurd-Wood. She gives the best performance of her short career. She is wonderful as a young girl in the clutches of pure evil. While the film is not perfect, it is fun and chilling. I highly recommend it.


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