An American Haunting
An American Haunting (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 5, 2006
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well, it looks good. But wasn't it supposed to be scary?

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television.

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Cole Smithey

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."

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There's thunder and lightning and wall-to-wall music. But it still doesn't add up to much of a movie.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is one of the more annoying, irritating, obnoxiously un-scary scary movies in recent memory.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

The dark force behind this movie is the relentless power of cliche.

Brian Tallerico

Takes the most documented ghost story in history and doesn't create one truly scary moment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Creepy well done flick.
Lee ?
Movie adaption of the Bell Witch haunting/possession that occurred back in the 1800s. Not too bad actually, it never scared the pants off me but it does have… More
Alex roy
Clichéd horror film that had the potential of a truly great experience, An American Haunting is one of those films that looks very promising, but fails to… More
Megan S
*Spoiler Alert* Boring. And why market a film as a true story of the only documented case where a spirit killed a man, and then not have the man killed by the… More
Bruce Bruce
For some reason I expected so much more from ths film, I was told that I had to see it, Now I wonder Why. But its a good rainny night oh hell I am alone film.… More
Japes .
This movie wasn't scary as much as it was creepy. The plot had a lot of depth to it. It wasn't a shallow plot like a bunch of teenagers getting chased… More