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Possession Knows No Bounds
Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Donald Sutherland ... John Bell

Sissy Spacek ... Lucy Bell

James D'Arcy ... Richard Powell

Rachel Hurd-Wood ... Betsy Bell / Entity Voice

Matthew Marsh ... James Johnston

Thom Fell ... John Bell Jr.
Zoe Thorne ... Theny Thorn (as Zoë Thorne)
Gaye Brown ... Kathe Batts
Sam Alexander ... Joshua Gardner
Miquel Brown ... Chloe

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Elder #1
Shauna Shim ... Anky
Madalina Stan ... Ethereal Girl

Philip Hurd-Wood ... Partygoer (as Phillip Hurd-Wood)
Vlad Cruceru ... Richard Bell (aged 6)
Alin Rosca ... Joel Bell (aged 10)
Andrei Serban ... Joel Bell (aged 6)
Isabelle Almgren-Doré ... Jane
Susan Almgren ... Elizabeth Powell - Mother

Howard Rosenstein ... David - Father

Lila Bata-Walsh ... Little Ghost Girl

Courtney Solomon ... Entity Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Fitzhugh ... Himself - Interviewee in Trailers (uncredited)

Directed by
Courtney Solomon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brent Monahan  novel "The Bell Witch: An American Haunting"
Courtney Solomon 

Produced by
Andrei Boncea .... co-producer
Francis Delia .... co-executive producer
Alessandro Fracassi .... associate producer
Simon Franks .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Matthew Kuipers .... line producer
Nelson Leong .... co-executive producer
Robert Little .... executive producer (as Robbie Little)
Lawrence Steven Meyers .... executive producer
Christopher Milburn .... producer
Julien Remillard .... executive producer
André Rouleau .... producer
Maxime Rémillard .... executive producer
Courtney Solomon .... producer
Allan Zeman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Caine Davidson 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Comeau 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
Production Design by
Humphrey Jaeger 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
Makeup Department
Adina Andrei .... assistant makeup artist
Camelia Borcan .... assistant makeup artist
Cristina Chilu .... assistant makeup artist
Réjean Goderre .... key hairdresser: Montreal
Manuela Grosu .... hair stylist
Nicky Hamilton .... makeup artist: Montreal
John L. Healy .... special makeup effects artist
Florina Oprescu .... assistant makeup artist
Lucia Simonescu .... assistant hair stylist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... assistant makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
Edwina Voda .... assistant makeup artist
Mircea Voda .... makeup designer
Production Management
Nathalie Brigitte Bustos .... co-production manager
Pierre Laberge .... unit production manager
Misu Predescu .... production manager (as Mihai Predescu)
Andreea Stanculeanu .... executive in charge of physical production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Bouchard .... second assistant director
Ingrid Cristea .... first assistant director
Theodor Halacu-Nicon .... first assistant director: second unit
Adriana Itu .... third assistant director
Laurentiu Maronese .... first assistant director (as Larry Maronese)
Cleopatra Medvetchi .... second assistant director
Dave Norris .... first assistant director (as David Norris)
Theodor Halacu-Nicon .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dana Andreianu .... art department coordinator
Olivia Barratier .... main title design
Olivia Barratier .... original poster designer
Cosmin Cornisor .... assistant property master
Victoria Dragnea .... buyer (as Tora Dragomir)
Butiseaca Florin .... painter
Florin Gavrila .... scenic painter
Annie Gilhooly .... props buyer: UK
Liviu Marcu .... sculptor
Ilie Mihai .... construction coordinator
Vlad Panaitescu .... set construction manager
Andreea Popa .... assistant art director
Vlad Roseanu .... draftsman
Geaniloni Sandru .... scenic painter
Mihai Stanciu .... painter
Sound Department
Andi Arsenie .... boom operator
Petra Bach .... sound effects editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound designer
Pierre Blain .... location sound mixer
Michel B. Bordeleau .... supervising sound editor
Mario Choquette .... sound effects editor
Ed Douglas .... sound designer
Denys Dufresne .... assistant sound editor
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Natalie Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Marc Gagnon .... sound effects editor
Martin Lemieux .... sound effects editor (as Lemieux Pedro Martin)
Derek Marcil .... re-recording mixer
Mireille Morin .... adr editor
Miguel Nunes .... re-recording mixer
Sylvain Richard .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr supervisor
Bruce Stubblefield .... supervising sound editor
Eric Raber .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects coordinator
David Broadfoot .... wire supervisor (as Dave Broadfoot)
Ryal Cosgrove .... special effects coordinator: Canada
Ricky Farns .... special effects floor supervisor
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects technician
Adrian Popescu .... special effects technician
Marc Reichel .... special effects technician
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editor
Kris Anderson .... digital effects artist
Jeremy Appelbaum .... compositor
John Attard .... visual effects producer
Olivia Barratier .... visual effects artist
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Joseph Bell .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Dimension
Gavain Browne .... digital compositor
Simon Carr .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Christopher .... digital colourist
Tom Collier .... digital compositor
Richard Collis .... digital effects artist
Peter 'Beak' Cvijanovic .... lead Flame artist
Chris Del Conte .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Pascal Favron .... senior flame artist
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Antoine Gagné .... I/O supervisor: Big Bang FX
Sébastien Gagné .... Flame artist
Benoit Girard .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor
Sébastien Jacob .... digital compositor
Matthew Jacques .... digital artist
Rhodri James .... system engineer
Philippe Langlois .... matte painter
Isaac Layish .... digital compositor
Pier Lefebvre .... matte painter
Jesse Lehrman .... software developer
Jesse Lehrman .... systems administrator
Sean Looper .... pipeline technical director: Digital Dimension
Landon Medeiros .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Dimension
Jerome Morin .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension
Jean-Francois Morissette .... tracking
Peter Murphy .... visual effects production assistant
Eric Normandin .... digital artist
Tom Pegg .... digital compositor
Kate Porter .... digital compositor
Pablo Renedo .... digital compositor
Chris Ryan .... digital compositor
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... Flame artist
Luc Sanfaçon .... visual effects artist
Jean-Sébastien Savard .... CGI production manager
Tammy Sutton .... visual effects
Antonin Messier Turcotte .... CG artist
Sebastien Veilleux .... digital compositor
Joan Collins Carey .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... film recording producer (uncredited)
Leandro Visconti .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Eugenio Alonso Yenes .... stunts
Aurel Boata .... stunts
Ricardo Cruz .... stunt coordinator (as Ricardo Cruz Moral)
Kelly Dent .... stunts
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Serban Gabriel .... stunts (as Gabriel Serban)
Mihaela Elena Oros .... stunts
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator: Romania (as Razvan Puiu)
Dicu Aurel .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mihai Ionita .... stunts (uncredited)
Alin Luchian .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Octavian Andreescu .... gaffer
Teodor Andreescu .... best boy
Lupsa Armand .... electrician
Militaru Aurel-Marian .... electrician
Adam Biddle .... cinematographer: second unit
Andrei Cretan .... assistant camera
Mathieu Décary .... assistant camera: "b" camera, Canada
Dave Freeth .... libra technician
Pat Garrett .... key grip
Cristu Ghigiu .... video assist operator
Clive Mackey .... first assistant camera
David Mackie .... second assistant camera
Sorin Nainer .... still photographer
Mike Parker .... aerial cameraman
Ben Perry .... assistant camera
Tony Rowland .... best boy grip
Jaromir Sedina .... director of photography: second unit
Bogdan Stanciu .... Steadicam operator
Bogdan Stanciu .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bogdan Talpeanu .... clapper loader
David Worley .... camera operator
Casting Department
Domnica Circiumaru .... casting: RO
Editorial Department
Simon Allmark .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Mathieu Berube .... assistant editor
Ryan Helsley .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Louis-Martin Paradis .... assistant editor
Tiberiu Teodorescu .... assistant editor
Andy Thompson .... post-production coordinator
Alex Panton .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... film recording producer (uncredited)
Location Management
Iulian Pana .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Caine Davidson .... conductor
Darren Fung .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Benoît Groulx .... lead orchestrator
P.J. Hanke .... composer: additional music
Robert Houston .... score pro tools recordist
Jamie Luker .... music scoring engineer
Malcolm Luker .... score producer
Malcolm Luker .... scoring mixer
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Cristi Chitu .... unit transportation coordinator
Other crew
Olivia Barratier .... opening title designer
Cristina Benu .... assistant to cast
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialect coach
Adrian Codoi .... assistant to location manager
Raul Cosma .... key set production assistant
Blanche Aurore Duault .... publicist
Steven Edwicker .... production accountant
Christopher Gallagher .... assistant production accountant
Zoltan Horkai .... head animal trainer
Gabriela Iacob .... production coordinator
Peter Ivanyi .... head animal trainer
Max Kuipers .... floor runner
Mariana Lina .... script supervisor
Amalia Morar .... cast accountant
Geneviève Ouellette .... production secretary: Montreal
Russell Owen .... assistant to producer
Maria Pampu .... assistant to director
Dorina Popa .... cashier
Gyorgy Szabo .... animal trainer
Andy Thompson .... production coordinator: UK
Lucia Toderiuc .... first assistant accountant
Judith Windsor .... voice coach
Lorraine Ashton .... special thanks
Olivia Barratier .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Greg Bernstein .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Adrian Biddle .... in memory of
Guylaine Boucher .... special thanks
Justin Burnett .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Joan Collins Carey .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Dean Chenoy .... special thanks
Betsy Davis .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Elizabeth Davis .... special thanks
Dow Famulak .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Jennifer Hare .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Chris Harris .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Ian Hutchinson .... special thanks
Joe Iacono .... special thanks
Dan Ireland .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Steve Joberns .... special thanks
Kenny Keung .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Nancy Kirhoffer .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Annie Lui .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Ash Malde .... special thanks
Joseph Mastrogiuseppe .... special thanks
Richard Moxon .... special thanks
Rajiv Patel .... special thanks
Rob Sherr .... special thanks
Marta Solomon .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Randy Solomon .... dedicatee
Don Steele .... the director would like to give extra special thanks to
Peter Touche .... special thanks
Hugh Whittaker .... special thanks
Lesley Wise .... special thanks
Kurt Woolner .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"An American Haunting - The Billwitch Story" - Philippines (English title) (poster title)
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Rated PG-13 for intense terror sequences and thematic material
83 min | 91 min (unrated version)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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64 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
A Predictable Semi-fiction, 27 May 2006
Author: Thanigai Vaasan from Chennai, India

Acting. Thats the most noticeable thing you will find in this movie. All the characters have performed well and acted according to the period of the story. I haven't watched Bell Witch Haunting (2004) but I have read a lot about the original legend. Instead of retelling the actual event, this movie revolves around it, giving us an entirely different interpretation of the haunting. Also, it tells nothing about General Andrew Jackson who visited Bell's family during that time and later became the American President. Its worthy to note that he was once quoted as saying - "I'd rather face the whole British Army, than face the Bell Witch again".

Around 1818, a farming family living in Tennessee is haunted by a spirit, the most affected ones being the daughter Betsy and the father John Bell. While the father's health deteriorates, the daughter gets all poltergeistic treatment. Slowly, they suspect the woman (also witch?) Kate Batts who previously has some legal issues with John and curses him that he and his daughter will suffer for his deeds. The haunting gets worse and the family members try to fight back the ghost in their own ways. By the end, when they seem to have abandoned their faith, the spirit itself reveals the reason for its existence.

The scary scenes are predictable but good. The notable ones are the first major attack on Betsy, the swing encounter, Richard's questions, John's visions, the cave and the best of all is the chariot ride. Excellent cinematography. A few good things in this movie keep us on the edge and makes us wait for the best part. But that best part never comes.

The fictional ending, though unexpected and slightly shocking, is not conceived properly. The movie begins with a Night-Shyamalan-like atmosphere. Most of it feels like as if you are watching The Village. Later it goes on to remind us of The Poltergeist, The Exorcist, Child's Play and several others, even The Omen. The ending is tried in a Lynchian manner - just tried. Sadly, it doesn't register in us at all.

Overall, this movie has good acting, good cinematography, few honestly scaring scenes and a different interpretation to the original Bell Witch Haunting. Nevertheless, it has a confused screenplay, half-baked script and an overhasty direction. The slow scenes are empty and the fast scenes are packed. So the balance is knocked out and what results is boredom. Watch it for the good aspects but make sure to take lots of popcorn inside the theatre. You'll need them to stay awake.

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