An American Haunting

Critic Score

12%

User Score

36%
In theaters May 05, 2006
PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Courtney Solomon
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Theater Release: May 05, 2006
DVD Release: Oct 24, 2006

Cast

Donald Sutherland

John Bell Sr.
Sissy Spacek

Lucy Bell
James D'Arcy

Richard Powell
Matthew Marsh

James Johnston
Thom Fell

John Bell Jr.
Sam Alexander

Josh Gardner
Zoe Thorne

Theny Thorn
Gaye Brown

Kathryn Batts

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well, it looks good. But wasn't it supposed to be scary?
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • This is one of the more annoying, irritating, obnoxiously un-scary scary movies in recent memory. More...
  • This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television. More...
  • There's thunder and lightning and wall-to-wall music. But it still doesn't add up to much of a movie. More...
  • The dark force behind this movie is the relentless power of cliche. More...
  • For anyone aware of this poltergeist tale, or who bothers to look it up, the victim's identity will come as no surprise, and a horror movie without a surprise is no horror movie at all. More...
  • There's a dark, abiding mystery at the center of An American Haunting, and it's how on earth major stars such as Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek were talked into appearing in this film. More...
  • Things go bump in the night in this 19th-century ghost story, but it's the bump of emptying seats, as audiences flee in boredom, that will haunt you for days. More...
  • Using alleged 'actual events' as a template, writer-director Courtney Solomon fashions a crafty mystery with a lot of joy-buzzer jolts sliding through its somber mood. More...

User Reviews

  • Creepy well done flick.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • *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...
  • 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...
  • As an adaptation of the Bell Witch haunting legend, it begins well but decides to end in speculative fiction. As a film in its own right, it...
  • A well acted film of this genre, perhaps because of it?s claim that it is based on true events. I particularly liked the ending which I felt turned...
  • A tedious 90 minutes where the only impresses by how little it has to offer. Ghosts and "shocks" that just aren't scary. Plot twists that fail to...
  • A complete mess. Scenes go nowhere, the film is not scary, and while the ending tries to resolve everything, it just ends up confusing you even more.