An American Haunting (2005)
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Based on a local Tennessee folklore legend. With over 20 books written on the subject, and a town that still lives in fear of the return of the unseen spirit, the story of "An American Haunting" is terrifying. Between the years 1818-1820, the Bell Family of Red River, Tennessee was visited by an unknown presence that haunted the family and eventually ended up causing the death of one its members. Starting with small sounds around the farm, and the sighting of a a strange BLACK WOLF with piercing yellow eyes, the sounds escalated into full brutal contact with the certain family members, causing psychological and physical torment. The attacks grew in strength, with the spirit slapping, pulling, dragging, and beating the Bell's youngest daughter. The Bells searched for rational explanations and ways to rid their house of this entity, but to no avail as the spirit began to communicate with them through sounds, and eventually multiple voices that sounded like the wind. The cause of its actions could always be felt, but no being could be seen, and no explanation found- only the promise that one day it would kill one of the family members. Fearing that the haunting was caused by a local woman -branded a witch- who had put a curse upon the family as a result of a land dispute, the Bells tried desperately to find ways to get rid of the woman's curse, yet the attacks and disturbances only escalated. It was not until a manuscript of the local schoolteacher -who lived on the property during the disturbance- was found in 1998 that the horrifying and shocking answer to what caused this haunting would finally be unveiled.
Possession Knows No Bounds
Title: American Haunting, An
Release Date: November 05, 2005
Runtime: 91 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, Romania, USA
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 4.9
Buried.com Rating: 5.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A
MPAA Rating: Unrated
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for intense terror sequences and thematic material.
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
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 Dore ...Jane
Susan Almgren ...Elizabeth Powell - Mother
Howard Rosenstein ...David - Father
Lila Bata Walsh ...Little Ghost Girl
Courtney Solomon ...Entity Voice (voice)
Lawrence Steven Meyers
An American Haunting Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- Possession Knows No Bounds
- Richard Powell: But it is only present on this property!
Richard Powell: This... enity... do you believe that it can read your mind? John Bell: No. But I do believe that it can hear our conversations, thatís how it knows our every move. Richard Powell: But it is only on this property! [Richard raises eyebrows suggestively, showing that if they leave without saying a thing, the entity probably wouldn't know, nor follow]
John Bell: You were always a sound sleeper.
Richard Powell: [of Betsy] Can she love me? Lucy Bell: She will.
- The movie is actually based on a true story. Andrew Jackson is quoted as saying, "I would rather take on the entire English Fleet than stay one night at the Bell House." He later formed a group of men to test the rumors of the Bell haunting. Their findings are 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.
SPOILER: While the historical events are based in fact, the letter mentioned in the present-day plot line is purely fictional. There is no evidence that John Bell ever molested a member of his family, or that Mrs. John Bell killed her husband.
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