An American Haunting

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Released 2006

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Director:
Courtney Solomon
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
An American Haunting is the terrifying 2005 period horror hit from director Courtney Solomon (Captivity, Dungeons and Dragons, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People). Something terrifying happened to the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee, nearly 200 years ago, causing the death of one of its members. Bell family patriarch John (Donald Sutherland, Don't Look Now) and his wife Lucy (Sissy Spacek, Carrie) are pillars of their community but when a land deal goes sour with one of their neighbors, the woman - generally considered to be a witch - curses the family and in particular their beautiful daughter, Betsy (Rachel Hurd-Wood). Soon after, a series of increasingly terrifying episodes are visited upon Betsy and John by a malicious unseen entity. A friend, Richard (James D'Arcy), the local school teacher, tries to help but nothing can stay the demonic onslaught ... finally resulting in death for one of the family. It becomes clear that the Bells and their descendants will never really be totally free from the evil that haunts them - an entity which they themselves may have helped to create.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety

    A well-made, good-looking movie it is, but between the non-stop tumult and the sense of deliberateness about its period authenticity, An American Haunting produces a lot of screami...

  • 40

    The New York Times

    An American Haunting purports to be based on a documented event, although most of its inspiration has been drawn from the empty well of "The Exorcist" and its progeny.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    At times, the narrative thread slips the movie's grasp and there are flat spots in which characters just scream and thrash. Given what its ending aims for (don't ask), such interlu...

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Historical, Supernatural