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An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 5 May 2006 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Possession Knows No Bounds


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

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5 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

Houses in 1810 in eastern Tennessee would not have been as large as the houses depicted in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the bed sheet is being pulled up over Betsy, right when the lightning flashes, a string or wire is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Richard Powell: [of Betsy] Can she love me?
Lucy Bell: She will.
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Referenced in El Reviewer Random: Halloween Special 2012 (2012) See more »

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A complete and utter disappointment
7 May 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This should have been a Lifetime movie (or even an after-school special), since it felt exactly like that kind of overly sentimental dreck. Even the actress playing the mother in the present day looked like she stepped out of a beginning acting class for The Very Sad Divorced Wife (i.e., big bulky sweater, mussed hair, a bottle of vodka next to her on the desk).

How disheartening to see a film that could have been a great period piece end up as a big-screen version of every "victim of the week" TV movie, circa 1992. One point in its favor: excellent set design (it's nice to see a movie set in the South that doesn't automatically recall the plantations of _Gone with the Wind_). But overall, what a sad, stupid waste of Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland's talents.


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