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An American Haunting (2005)

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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.

Director:

Courtney Solomon

Writers:

Brent Monahan (novel), Courtney Solomon
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Gaye Brown ... Kathe Batts
Sam Alexander Sam Alexander ... Joshua Gardner
Miquel Brown Miquel Brown ... Chloe
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Elder #1
Shauna Shim Shauna Shim ... Anky
Madalina Stan Madalina Stan ... Ethereal Girl
Philip Hurd-Wood ... Partygoer (as Phillip Hurd-Wood)
Vlad Cruceru 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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada | Romania | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apariciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Alternate Versions

The DVD is released in an Unrated Version, which has a number of differences from the original PG-13 version. See more »

Connections

Version of Bell Witch: The Movie (2007) See more »

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Sound, Visuals Overwhelm Weaker Story
18 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I really don't have any major complaints about the film except it was more of a visual-audio experience than a memorable story. That makes me wonder how times I would watch this, since I already own a lot of great visual movies. Cinematography-wise, this film reminded me a bit of Sleepy Hollow, but not quite as dramatically filmed as that. There also is excellent 5.1surround sound in here. Being a ghost story, and one that is trying to scare the viewer here and there, sudden jolts of sound is important and utilized well here.

I also appreciated this was done without almost any profanity and with famous actors like Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. I expected some Bible-bashing since that's normally the case in these ghost or witch stories, but it wasn't bad here. However, the "surprise" almost political-correctness ending didn't really surprise me, considering how films are these days.

A decent movie but 50-50 whether I would watch it again.


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