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An American Haunting Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.
May 12, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 8, 2006
This is one of the more annoying, irritating, obnoxiously un-scary scary movies in recent memory.
May 5, 2006
This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 5, 2006
There's thunder and lightning and wall-to-wall music. But it still doesn't add up to much of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 5, 2006
The dark force behind this movie is the relentless power of cliche.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 5, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
May 4, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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 4, 2006
The impassioned performances make you care what happens to these people, even when the film's noisy overindulgence makes you almost wish their home would collapse on itself like The Fall of the House of Usher.
May 4, 2006
It's not a true story. If lying is the latest trend in American pop culture (cf James Frey, Kaavya Viswanathan), then An American Haunting is on the cutting edge.
May 4, 2006
This 'true account' of the Bell Witch haunting offers an encyclopedic rehash of spook films new and old, dressed out in murky period detail.
May 3, 2006
A standard, creaking, fake-spooky ghost story...
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 3, 2006
Call it The Exorcist Meets Poltergeist, and head for the shelves at Blockbuster, where it will undoubtedly turn up soon.
May 2, 2006
A wasted opportunity -- especially since the events as reported scarcely need embellishing.
November 16, 2005
A well-made, good-looking movie it is, but between the non-stop tumult and the sense of deliberateness about its period authenticity, An American Haunting produces a lot of screaming, crying and cruelty, but not much drama.
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.