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An American Haunting Reviews

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August 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2006
a cross between "Masterpiece Theater" and "The Exorcist."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 4, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2006
Despite flaws and compromises, it's ballsier than The Sixth Sense, less laboured than The Others ...
May 3, 2006
Regardless of what you may think of Donald Sutherland, and Sissy Spacek, An American Haunting is yet another light weight PG-13 film that poses rather well as an honest to goodness horror film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 25, 2006
History comes alive in a tale about the only American certified to have died because of a ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 29, 2005
A solid supernatural suspenser.
November 11, 2005
Translating a legendary ghost story to the screen, writer-director Courtney Solomon crafts a quality horror piece from strong performances and effects.
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 19, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 2, 2007
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.
March 24, 2007
Takes the most documented ghost story in history and doesn't create one truly scary moment.
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2006
Disappointing horror film which fails to generate any suspense or horror and is occasionally downright laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2006
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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