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An American Haunting (Unrated Edition)

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 24, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Unrated
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Closed Captioned - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Bloopers
    • Making Of
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers: Internet Promos
    • Production Interviews:
      1. Sissy Spacek - Star
      2. Courtney Solomon - Director
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten14%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 70

Spilled35%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 89,135
Takes the most documented ghost story in history and doesn't create one truly scary moment.
UGO
Mar 24, 2007
Rating: 2/5 -- Unoriginal and unrelenting, this gothic ghost story invests too much time in banging doors and billowing drapes and not enough in its characters. Full Review
BBC.com
Jun 3, 2006
Rating: 1/4 -- This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2006
Rating: B+ -- This is proof that it doesn't take lots of bloody gore, big special effects or jump-at-you moments to scare jaded audiences. Full Review
Hollywood.com
Aug 24, 2006
Guaranteed to keep you up at night with every light in the house on, An American Haunting is the best haunt we've had in a long time. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Nov 5, 2019
Rating: C- -- 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." Full Review
ColeSmithey.com
Apr 19, 2009
This is one of the more annoying, irritating, obnoxiously un-scary scary movies in recent memory.
Ebert & Roeper
May 8, 2006

Product Description:

Based on the book AN AMERICAN HAUNTING by Brent Monahan, this horror movie uses a current-day setting (the year 2006) as a framing device for a ghost story dating back to 1817 Tennessee. Inspired by manuscripts documenting the only spirit-caused death in U.S. history, the film stars accomplished actors Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland as the mother and father of Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood), an adolescent girl tormented by a mysterious spirit haunting the Bell family home. The spirit is thought to have been sent by Mrs. Batts, a witchlike neighbor who, after having a bitter dispute over property rights with Betsy's father, John Bell, put a curse on John and his daughter. Even though John Bell was the one at fault, it is his daughter who bears the heaviest burden of this spell, being thrown about her room nightly, slapped, and even sexually abused by the mystical force in question. Most of the film takes place in the home, where Betsy's parents, a local priest, and a local schoolteacher (with whom she has a flirtatious relationship) try their best to exorcise the demons away. While the film never fully explains what the spirit is or where it came from, it does propose one disturbing theory near the end that involves the hysterical nature of young female sexuality. But despite being used as a means to connect the present-day story with the 1817 events, this theme is only vaguely hinted at as the story unravels.

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  • Theatrical Release: May 5, 2006

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  • Sales Rank: 69,268
  • UPC: 012236201410
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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