The Bell Witch Haunting Reviews

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PantaOz
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2014
Another supernatural horror "found footage" which should not be on a big screen, written and directed by Ric White. The movie stars Doug Moore, Stephanie Love, Amber Bland and Ric White. The film is based on the book The Authenticated History of the Bell Witch by M.V. Ingram, a newspaper reporter, concerning the Bell Witch legend. It was shot in less than a month with most of the filming taking place at several locations in Sumner County, Tennessee, including the historic Rock Castle in Hendersonville, Tennessee and the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The good thing about this movie is that presents the historical facts correctly... In real life, in the early 1800s, John Bell moved his family from North Carolina to the Red River bottomland in Robertson County, Tennessee, settling in a community, Red River, which became Adams, Tennessee many years later. Bell purchased some land and a large house for his family. Over the next several years, he acquired more land, increasing his holdings to 328 acres, and cleared a number of fields for planting. He also was made an Elder of Red River Baptist Church. The Bells also had three more children after moving to Tennessee. One day in 1817, John Bell was inspecting his corn field when he encountered a strange-looking animal sitting in the middle of a corn row. Shocked by the appearance of this animal, which had the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit, Bell shot several times. The animal vanished. Bell thought nothing more about the incident, at least not until after dinner. That evening, the Bells began hearing "beating" sounds on the outside walls of their log house. The mysterious sounds continued with increased frequency and force each night. Bell and his sons often hurried outside to catch the culprit but always returned empty-handed. In the weeks that followed, the Bell children began waking up frightened, complaining that rats were gnawing at their bedposts. Not long after that, the children began complaining of having their bed covers pulled from them and their pillows tossed onto the floor by a seemingly invisible entity.

As time went on, the Bells began hearing faint, whispering voices, which too weak to understand but sounded like a feeble old woman singing hymns. The encounters escalated, and the Bells' youngest daughter, Betsy, began experiencing brutal encounters with the invisible entity. It would pull her hair and slap her relentlessly, often leaving welts and hand prints on her face and body. The disturbances, which John Bell told his family to keep a secret, eventually escalated to such a point that he decided to share his "family trouble" with his closest friend and neighbour, James Johnston. Johnston and his wife spent the night at the Bell home, where they were subjected to the same terrifying disturbances that the Bells had experienced. After having his bedcovers removed and being slapped repeatedly, Johnston sprang out of bed, exclaiming, "In the name of the Lord, who are you and what do you want!" There was no response, but the remainder of the night was relatively peaceful. The entity's voice strengthened over time to the point that it was loud and unmistakable. It sang hymns, quoted scripture, carried on intelligent conversation, and once even quoted, word-for-word, two sermons that were preached at the same time on the same day, thirteen miles apart. Word of this supernatural phenomenon soon spread outside the settlement, even to Nashville, where then-Major General Andrew Jackson took a keen interest.

This movie tries to get all these things happening in the modern time... but in the way that it was boring, stupid and simply na´ve! Director could be anyone, camera work was mostly done on equipment which every teenager can probably find in their own room, screenplay had awful dialogues , and acting was shocking! Enough said...
November 10, 2013
A terrible bore of a "found footage" film. The trouble with the genre is the distance from the subjects and the sheer ridiculousness of people still recording when they are. This film is so distant from what is supposed to be happening on screen, there's absolutely no sympathy toward the terrorized family or their friends that keep being found dead. Things get so silly after a while you completely check out of the reality of the film altogether. After about an hour in I couldn't even keep up with what was supposed to be happening. I was pretty sure the father bit off his tongue in a scene, but then he's seen fine and talking a few scenes later. The family encounters the police multiple times, but they never seem to follow up on anything that they are investigating.

The film is clearly modeled after the "Paranormal Activity" films and relies very little on the Bell Witch mythos. Watching the film, I was repeatedly reminded why "The Blair Witch Project" works as a film; it immersed you in the tone and tension of its world. You got to know the characters and gained some sympathy for their plight. There's no tension in this film to make it worthwhile. I don't blame the actors who have been given scenarios to act out, perhaps they were quite good, although the film doesn't do a worthy job of actually showing you their performances.

I lament the filmmakers who watched the rough cut of this film and realized they had made a horror film that doesn't work at all. "C'est la vie, release it anyway!"
½ September 2, 2013
A thoroughly derivative but still somewhat enjoyable found footage horror film, The Bell Witch Haunting is perhaps most creepy in its somewhat blatant attention to the supposedly teenage girls' bodies in the films. There is definitely some male gaze going on here....The found footage aspect does not always make complete sense, but the movie is relatively enjoyable nonetheless if you are someone like me who still wants to watch every example of the genre.
½ August 23, 2014
This movie is terrible. The dialogue is laughable, the acting more wooden than a carpentry shop, and the plot is as cliched of a possession horror flick as you can get. So why three stars?

Because it is supremely entertaining. I'm serious. If you want to have a good laugh with your buddies, find this thing on Netflix, make fun of all of its shortcomings, and laugh yourself stupid at a kid you don't know getting Falcon Punched by a cloud.
July 23, 2014
Found footage film cheep graphics feel like it could have done better but overall good back story and I like how they based it off of an American legend and that it was based off true events
½ April 13, 2014
oh my gosh. yelling and screaming give me headaches -- this was way too over dramatic. i couldn't finish watching it.
February 24, 2014
yet another found footage film, yet another piece of shit!
½ February 20, 2014
Just terrible.. if I found out this was a tv movie, I wouldn't be at all surprised.
February 6, 2014
Another low-budget found footage film which is seriously become the norm for most horror movies, and like most, it is similarly long-drawn, predictable, and very boring.
February 1, 2014
One line summary: Found footage death elimination derby; camera quality better than some other found footage disasters.

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The Robertson County Sheriff's Department (in TN, I think, rather than TX or KY) has a short segment where they say they found some footage from the cell phones and video cameras on or near the Sawyer families corpses. So, we are locked into 'found footage.' Later on in the film the cops called to find Dana Sawyer refers to himself as from Adams County PD.

Brandon gets a video camera as a birthday gift. He starts annoying everyone immediately. He records some poltergeist activity in empty rooms, but never seems to notice this. He records a whole lot of other things that get ignored.

The daughter has terrifying dreams. The lights flicker; the electrician they call gets electrocuted on an outside junction box. The son and his friend find some history of the county which includes the Bell Witch. As it turns out, the house and grounds intersect with the land owned by the Bell Witch.

As time wears on, the family dies except for one.

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Cinematography: 4/10 The usual mix: anything from shaky cam plus bad everything all the way to full-lit, beautifully framed and focused. The long intervals of static shots of empty rooms were not a plus.

Sound: 4/10 Varies, just like the visuals. Some of it is really poor, where words are hard to figure out.

Acting: 2/10 More or less at reality-TV level. The exorcism scene just sucked rocks in terms of acting.

Screenplay: 2/10 Nothing new. Perhaps 10 minutes of content stretched over 90 minutes of bad visuals and iffy sound.
PantaOz
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2014
Another supernatural horror "found footage" which should not be on a big screen, written and directed by Ric White. The movie stars Doug Moore, Stephanie Love, Amber Bland and Ric White. The film is based on the book The Authenticated History of the Bell Witch by M.V. Ingram, a newspaper reporter, concerning the Bell Witch legend. It was shot in less than a month with most of the filming taking place at several locations in Sumner County, Tennessee, including the historic Rock Castle in Hendersonville, Tennessee and the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The good thing about this movie is that presents the historical facts correctly... In real life, in the early 1800s, John Bell moved his family from North Carolina to the Red River bottomland in Robertson County, Tennessee, settling in a community, Red River, which became Adams, Tennessee many years later. Bell purchased some land and a large house for his family. Over the next several years, he acquired more land, increasing his holdings to 328 acres, and cleared a number of fields for planting. He also was made an Elder of Red River Baptist Church. The Bells also had three more children after moving to Tennessee. One day in 1817, John Bell was inspecting his corn field when he encountered a strange-looking animal sitting in the middle of a corn row. Shocked by the appearance of this animal, which had the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit, Bell shot several times. The animal vanished. Bell thought nothing more about the incident, at least not until after dinner. That evening, the Bells began hearing "beating" sounds on the outside walls of their log house. The mysterious sounds continued with increased frequency and force each night. Bell and his sons often hurried outside to catch the culprit but always returned empty-handed. In the weeks that followed, the Bell children began waking up frightened, complaining that rats were gnawing at their bedposts. Not long after that, the children began complaining of having their bed covers pulled from them and their pillows tossed onto the floor by a seemingly invisible entity.

As time went on, the Bells began hearing faint, whispering voices, which too weak to understand but sounded like a feeble old woman singing hymns. The encounters escalated, and the Bells' youngest daughter, Betsy, began experiencing brutal encounters with the invisible entity. It would pull her hair and slap her relentlessly, often leaving welts and hand prints on her face and body. The disturbances, which John Bell told his family to keep a secret, eventually escalated to such a point that he decided to share his "family trouble" with his closest friend and neighbour, James Johnston. Johnston and his wife spent the night at the Bell home, where they were subjected to the same terrifying disturbances that the Bells had experienced. After having his bedcovers removed and being slapped repeatedly, Johnston sprang out of bed, exclaiming, "In the name of the Lord, who are you and what do you want!" There was no response, but the remainder of the night was relatively peaceful. The entity's voice strengthened over time to the point that it was loud and unmistakable. It sang hymns, quoted scripture, carried on intelligent conversation, and once even quoted, word-for-word, two sermons that were preached at the same time on the same day, thirteen miles apart. Word of this supernatural phenomenon soon spread outside the settlement, even to Nashville, where then-Major General Andrew Jackson took a keen interest.

This movie tries to get all these things happening in the modern time... but in the way that it was boring, stupid and simply na´ve! Director could be anyone, camera work was mostly done on equipment which every teenager can probably find in their own room, screenplay had awful dialogues , and acting was shocking! Enough said...
½ January 26, 2014
Paranormal activity meets the Blair Witch Project and the Exorcist... with bits and bobs of other films we've already seen. Nothing new under the sun, just the typical motives brought together
January 8, 2014
Not a bad film and some neat effects, but it's been done and done better.
½ January 6, 2014
This movie is beyond terrible. It is a cheap attempt to combine 'Paranormal Activity', "Blair Witch Project' and 'The Exorcist'. It is supposed to take place in Adams, TN in January 2011. It starts with a pool party and there are palm trees in the background. There is on reference to the Bell witch. The story makes no sense and the acting, well it should not be called acting.
January 3, 2014
Bad, don't waste your valuable time.
½ September 9, 2013
It gave me a chill once or twice but after watching all of those "so called" paranormal movies I just...
Please move on and quit making these.
September 8, 2013
Bad, for a found footage movie. This statement alone should be read as "Spend your time watching something better". The film adds it's own facts to a real life haunting and tapes together pieces of memorable cinematic moments in horror films that people would actually LIKE to watch. I will give it props for it's attempt to add some visual effects (a waste of budget, but good attempt nonetheless). Overall, this film is not worth the time of any human soul. The episode of "Truth Or Scare" about the Bell Witch Haunting will leave you with more jitters than this piece of garbage.
September 7, 2013
Probably the worst film yet of the found film genre. The acting and plot were bad. The special effects and locations in relation to the story were horrible. It is almost like they shot the film in a day. And what's worst is that it was not scary. I have never wanted a film to end so much in my whole entire life.
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