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An American Haunting -- In 1818, the family began to experience disturbances on their property. The spirit began to grow, becoming aggressive and singling out the father, John, and his only daughter Betsy. The family desperately searched for the cause of the spirit in the hope of finding a way of defeating it. It developed voices and began speaking to the family. Then, finally it pronounced a death sentence on John.
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5 May 2006 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Tora Dragomir .... buyer
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Mireille Morin .... adr editor
Miguel Nunes .... sound 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)
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)
Eugenio Alonso Yenes .... stunts
Dicu Aurel .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mihai Ionita .... stunts (uncredited)
Alin Luchian .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
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)
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Caine Davidson .... conductor
Darren Fung .... orchestrator
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
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
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
Iulian Pana .... location manager
Dorina Popa .... cashier
Gyorgy Szabo .... animal trainer
Andy Thompson .... production coordinator: UK
Lucia Toderiuc .... first assistant accountant
Judith Windsor .... voice coach
Adrian Biddle .... in memory of
Randy Solomon .... dedicatee
Lesley Wise .... 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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Filming Locations:

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:[of Betsy] Can she love me?
Lucy Bell:She will.
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Movie Connections:
References The Entity (1982)See more »


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51 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
A really dreadful movie., 11 December 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Based on the true story of the Bell Witch (an apparently well documented case in the US), An American Haunting is another absolute clunker from writer/director Courtney Solomon, the man who gave us the equally lamentable Dungeons and Dragons six years ago. I'm not in the habit of dishing out the lowest possible score to movies I review on IMDb, but this tedious tale of malevolent spirits is an exceptionally bad film that truly deserves a roasting.

Set in the early 1800's, the film centres around the Bells, a well-to-do Tennessee family who suffer from a series of 'terrifying' supernatural attacks after they are cursed by a local woman (believed by some to be a witch). Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the youngest daughter is repeatedly targeted by the spirit; she is dragged by her hair, lifted off the floor, and slapped. Her father also suffers badly and his health deteriorates. Despite their best efforts, nothing seems to stop the awful disturbances.

After introducing the characters and establishing the basic premise, the film lapses into a succession of repetitive and not-in-the-slightest-bit-scary scenes in which Betsy is abused both physically and mentally by the 'ghost'. With risible special effects and some terrible directorial decisions (the pathetic ghostly POV is simply woeful), the film elicits more sniggers than screams.

Donald Sutherland sleepwalks his way through the role of patriarch, whilst Rachel Hurd-Wood comes off like a bargain basement Linda Blair, unable to convincingly portray the terror she is supposedly experiencing. Solomon, struggling to conjure up anything remotely creepy, chucks in a few obvious and ineffectual mechanical scares and then inadvisedly attempts a ludicrous 'twist' ending, which he completely botches.

A lot of people have criticised this film for not being true to the facts; I criticise it for being truly awful in pretty much every aspect.

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