An American Haunting
Screen Time: 70%
Role: Betsy Bell
Age: 14 years old
An American Haunting
Directed: Courtney Solomon
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 ReviewsLoved 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.