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  • Summary: An American Haunting is based on true events documented by the State of Tennessee. Between the years 1818-1820, the Bell Family of Red River, Tennessee was visited by an unknown, unseen presence that terrorized the family. To date, it is the only recorded case in American history where a spirit of entity has caused the death of a human being. (After Dark Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Solomon crafts a quality horror piece from strong performances and effects. The chief disappointment of An American Haunting is that it doesn't exploit more opportunities for the sublime subtlety of performances by Sissy Spacek and, especially, Donald Sutherland.
  2. There are jolts galore in a movie stuffed with the basic tricks of the evil-spirit trade - banging noises in the attic, slamming doors and windows, spinning clocks, shaking beds, rabid beasts, disappearing children and the occasional moment of eyeball-rolling possession.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Throughout the film, doors slam, windows shatter and poor, battered Betsy wakes up screaming with tiresome regularity; even Sutherland appears bored by it all.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    An American Haunting purports to be based on a documented event, although most of its inspiration has been drawn from the empty well of "The Exorcist" and its progeny.
  5. 40
    Despite their appeal to patriotic horror fans, the makers of An American Haunting end up doing more harm than good to domestic fright production.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Its images came from a dusty box in the horror-movie attic, and the attic is where the entire picture will be in a month.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    An American Haunting sets the bar at a new low: It makes ''The Blair Witch Project" look like a masterpiece of world cinema.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 11 out of 20
  1. Sep 26, 2012
    cool and incredibly scary.
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    creepy as hell, i enjoyed this so much, it puts supposed 'horror' films like the grudge, the others, and insidious to shame, this does what all of them don't. Expand
  3. timc
    May 14, 2006
    Yeah, this was pretty bad. However, it is watchable, with a good plot twist that shall not be divulged here. The movie would have made a 5 rating had they simply excised (exorcise?) completely the 2006 "modern day" footage from the plot. Useless and worse, it makes the movie feel like a TV special from the 80's. The ending (set in modern day) is possibly the weakest element in the movie... and that's saying a lot. One big logic complaint. Is everyone so retarded that they leave Betsy alone in her room at midnight night after night after night??? Expand
  4. DanH.
    May 19, 2006
    Nothing about this movie was remotely good. There was no story to give the movie depth and the only way to be some what interested with the movie is if you read about the Bell Witch "Haunting" before you make the mistake of buying a ticket and watching this horrid movie. Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2011
    With a story line that promises thrills and an interesting opening sequence, An American Haunting falls flat on its face. Not only does it become illogical almost immediately, but the camera movements are intolerable, the acting is lackluster at best, the number of historical and factual inaccuracies become too numerous too count, and the final ending is not only one of the worst endings to a horror film, but is almost impossible to decipher. By the time this film ends, either boredom or anger will assuredly begin. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jul 20, 2006
    Based on truth or not, this is one of the stupidest films I've ever seen. Ridiculously stupid.

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