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An American Haunting ()


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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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John Bell
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Lucy Bell
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Richard Powell
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Betsy Bell / Entity Voice
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James Johnston
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John Bell Jr.
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Theny Thorn (as Zoë Thorne)
Gaye Brown ...
Kathe Batts
Sam Alexander ...
Joshua Gardner
Miquel Brown ...
Chloe
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Elder #1
Shauna Shim ...
Anky
Madalina Stan ...
Ethereal Girl
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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
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David - Father
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Little Ghost Girl
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Entity Voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Fitzhugh ...
Himself - Interviewee in Trailers (uncredited)

Directed by

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Courtney Solomon

Written by

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Brent Monahan ... (novel "The Bell Witch: An American Haunting")
 
Courtney Solomon ... ()

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Caine Davidson

Cinematography by

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Adrian Biddle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Comeau

Editorial Department

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Simon Allmark ... digital intermediate on-line editor
Mathieu Berube ... assistant editor
Yannick Carrier ... assistant editor / conform & on-line
Claudiu Doaga ... telecine colourist
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)

Casting By

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Gary Davy

Production Design by

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Humphrey Jaeger

Costume Design by

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Jane Petrie

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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Olivia Barratier ... main title design / 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
Dana Ilie ... art department coordinator (as Dana Andreianu)
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

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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

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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

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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 / 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)

Stunts

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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
Razvan Puiu ... stunt coordinator: Romania
Dicu Aurel ... stunt double (uncredited)
Mihai Ionita ... stunts (uncredited)
Alin Luchian ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Sarbu Gigi ... grip
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
Catalin Simioana ... second assistant camera
Bogdan Stanciu ... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "b" camera
Bogdan Talpeanu ... clapper loader
David Worley ... camera operator

Casting Department

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Domnica Circiumaru ... casting: RO

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Laura Johnson ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Iulian Pana ... location manager

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Mikael Carlsson ... executive soundtrack producer
Caine Davidson ... conductor
Sarah Eyden ... singer
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 / scoring mixer
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Bruce White ... musician: viola

Transportation Department

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Cristi Chitu ... unit transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Olivia Barratier ... opening title designer
Cristina Benu ... assistant to cast
Cosmina Bernicu ... legal assistant
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

Thanks

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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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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Possession Knows No Bounds See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cauchemar américain (Canada, French title)
  • An American Haunting - The Billwitch Story (Philippines, English title)
  • American Haunting (France)
  • Der Fluch der Betsy Bell (Germany)
  • Maleficio (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 83 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP541,446, 16 Apr 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $29,612,137

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Another Top 10 Horror Movies Inspired by True Events (2014). See more »
Quotes Richard Powell: [of Betsy] Can she love me?
Lucy Bell: She will.
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