An American Haunting

An American Haunting
Rachel Hurd-Wood

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Screen Time: 70%
Role: Betsy Bell
Age: 14 years old


An American Haunting

Rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
Directed: Courtney Solomon
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery


Based on the true story of The Bell Witch of Tennessee, the story is of a spirit which attacked the wealthy and highly respected Bell family for four years, eventually causing the death of one of them. In 1818, the family began to experience disturbances on their property. At first, slight, unexplained noises, but the spirit began to grow, becoming aggressive and singling out the father, John, and his beautiful daughter Betsy. The attacks on Betsy were vicious and unstoppable with her being brutally beaten regularly. The family desperately searched for the cause of the spirit in the hope of finding a way of defeating it. They tried exorcism and moving Betsy from the house, but the spirit continued its brutal assault. It developed voices and began speaking to the family, but refusing to say why it was there. Then, finally it pronounced a death sentence on John. Within a year, he was dead. Shortly, thereafter, the spirit left the family in peace, but never the same. It would not be until years later that we would be taken back to the terrible night the spirit was born and find out the horrific truth about its nature and origin.

Movie Reviews

Loved It, 12 May 2006

Author: stellarob from IMDb

I'm not sure exactly what people were expecting from this movie but I, for one, went into it with no expectations. In other words, I wasn't expecting some great factual account a haunting that supposedly took place way back when. Maybe if I were more familiar with the history of the Bell Witch, I'd be more inclined to feel differently.

But as that is not the case, I have to say that I enjoyed the movie. I really like suspense and this film had a whole lot of it. The way in which it was shot just sort of gave it a kind of eerie feel, which really added to the suspense. The actors, I thought, did a great job.

And Rachel Hurd-Wood, especially, helped to bring the story to another level. I'm glad it wasn't the typical blood and guts horror movie.