An American Haunting (2006)
US (dir. Courtney Solomon)
Cast: Donald Sutherland, James D’Arcy, Lila Bata-Walsh, Matthew Marsh, Miquel Brown, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Sam Alexander, Shauna Shim, Sissy Spacek, Thom Fell
Synopsis: Based on a true state-documented case that took place during the 1800s, the Bell family of Red River, Tenn., was visited by an unknown presence that haunted the family and eventually caused the death of one of its members. What started as small sounds around the farm and the sighting of a black, yellow-eyed wolf escalated into physical brutality against certain family members and general psychological and physical torment. The attacks grew in strength, with the spirit slapping, pulling, dragging, and even beating the Bells’ youngest daughter. Although no being could be seen, its effects were evident. It began to communicate with the family aurally, eventually through multiple voices that sounded like the wind. One message it communicated was a promise that one day it would kill one of the family members. The Bells searched for rational explanations and ways to rid their house of the evil chimera, but its presence persisted. Fearing that the haunting was caused by a local woman who had been branded a witch, the Bells tried desperately to find ways of undoing what they thought to be the woman’s curse, presumably placed upon the family in retaliation for a land dispute. Despite their efforts the attacks escalated. It was not until a manuscript of the local schoolteacher, who lived on the property during the disturbance, was found in 1998 that the horrifying and shocking answer to what caused this haunting would finally be unveiled.
Review: An interesting movie about the very well documented Bell Witch Haunting. This could have been so so so much better… what a pity. The ending is creepy in a gross perv-ish way, and although it is based on fact, it still is damn gross.