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An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | | 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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£541,446 (UK) (14 April 2006)

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$16,298,046 (USA) (21 July 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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Right after John Bell gets knocked out by the door slamming shut, the "spirit" re-opens the door. A hand can be seen quickly pulling away from the knob on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Richard Powell: [of Betsy] Can she love me?
Lucy Bell: She will.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Disappointing Conclusion
19 March 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 (Sissy Spacek). After a dispute of lands judged by the church, her husband John Bell (Donald Sutherland) is cursed by his opponent Kathe Batts (Gaye Brown), who has a fame of being a witch. From this moment on, an entity threatens John and her daughter Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood), attacking the girl during the nights. With the support of Betsy's school teacher Richard Powell (James D'Arcy), who tries to find rational explanations for the manifestation; her brother John Bell Jr. (Thom Fell); and their friend James Johnston (Matthew Marsh), who unsuccessfully tries to exorcise the entity from the house, the family does their best to protect Betsy in the haunted house.

"An American Haunting" is a very tense story, with excellent cast and magnificent cinematography, environment and visual and sound effects. Unfortunately, the conclusion is weak and very disappointing, wasting a promising horror movie. The writers Brent Monahan and Courtney Solomon simply spoil a scary story of poltergeist, with a terrible twist to an incest situation. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Maldição" ("Curse")


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