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An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Horror | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Bell
... Lucy Bell
... Richard Powell
... Betsy Bell / Entity Voice
... James Johnston
... John Bell Jr.
... Theny Thorn (as Zoë Thorne)
Gaye Brown ... Kathe Batts
Sam Alexander ... Joshua Gardner
Miquel Brown ... Chloe
... Elder #1
Shauna Shim ... Anky
Madalina Stan ... Ethereal Girl
... Partygoer (as Phillip Hurd-Wood)
Vlad Cruceru ... Richard Bell (aged 6)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£541,446 (United Kingdom), 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,783,508, 7 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,298,046, 23 July 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,612,137
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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 »

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This movie is set in 1817-1820. Richard and Betsy were married "shortly after" Betsy's father died. The walls are adorned with their wedding photos, but photography was not introduced until 1839. Even then the pictures would have been small hand held daguerreotypes, not big framed enlargements. See more »

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John Bell: You were always a sound sleeper.
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It's Scary how the film makers forgot to add Scares to their Scary movie
27 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Since i first saw the trailer for this movie, which seems like many moons ago now; i have wanted to see it, i simply love a good supernatural horror story and the feeling of chills running down my spine.

Unfortunately 'American Haunting' isn't much scarier than Monster's Inc. It does start with promise, but it becomes tiresome very quickly, the effects of the ghost in the house are on screen for most of the film and simply become boring and over used, the main downfall for me though, was the lack of fear in the characters; none of them seem to portray the terror to make the events believable.

The acting is fine, after all there are some top actors here and they do perform well, i have to believe that the film makers wanted it like this, but for me it didn't work.

4/10


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