An American Haunting
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The wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan's chilling, fact-based story of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The year is 1818 and the Bell family is a quiet clan residing on a remote farm in Red River, TN. A normal, loving family by all accounts, the uneventful lives of the Bell family begin to take a dark turn when strange noises around the farm are followed by the arrival of a black wolf with… More
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"This allegedly true tale of demonic possession is weighed down by period detail and ponderous storytelling, which soon get the better of its Exorcist-inspired levitations, flying crucifixes and noisy poltergeist activity."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The frights are few and the moment of horrific revelation is a big letdown in writer/director Courtney Solomon's cinematic treatment of Brent Monahan's novel "The Bell Witch: An American Haunting.""
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This is proof that it doesn't take lots of bloody gore, big special effects or jump-at-you moments to scare jaded audiences."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Hollywood.com
"It really is fun to watch yet another oddball turn by Sutherland, and a marginally restrained one from Spacek. It's just not that fun."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It's never an encouraging sign when a horror movie based on a true story fatally lacks the verisimilitude of, say, Alone In The Dark."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"There's thunder and lightning and wall-to-wall music. But it still doesn't add up to much of a movie."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"it becomes haunted by the unwelcome presence of heavy-handedness, making it seem more like a busy domestic melodrama (with a ghost) than a truly unnerving chiller."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Unoriginal and unrelenting, this gothic ghost story invests too much time in banging doors and billowing drapes and not enough in its characters."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"Disappointing horror film which fails to generate any suspense or horror and is occasionally downright laughable."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This is one of the more annoying, irritating, obnoxiously un-scary scary movies in recent memory."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The dark force behind this movie is the relentless power of cliche."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Takes the most documented ghost story in history and doesn't create one truly scary moment."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Director Courtney Solomon's script is a catalogue of the standard Exorcist-style special effects, hammered home by Caine Davidson's musical score, one of the most irritating and nerve-wracking assemblies of noise in movie history."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Although [director Solomon] has some great ideas, they are limited, and we are therefore treated to repeats of the same basic scenario over and over again until the effect becomes tedious."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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