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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, James D'Arcy, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Matthew Marsh
  • Directors: Courtney Solomon
  • Producers: Courtney Solomon, Christopher Milburn, André Rouleau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0NU2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on true events that took place in Tennessee during the 1800s, An American Haunting tells the story of the only documented case in U.S. history (validated by the State of Tennessee) in which a spirit caused a person's death. With over 20 books written on the subject, and a town that still lives in fear of the spirits' return, the story is terrifying.

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A very watchable movie, other reviews are harsh and obviously don't appreciate a stylish, well written and beautifully shot film. This movie pulls you in and keeps you guessing to the shocking end. It's scary in terms of the suspence but it's not a horror movie, if you loved Sleepy Hollow you'll love this.
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Must first of all say I disagree strongly with the first two reviews written for this DVD. This is a rather good film, however the story telling suffers a bit. I found myself thinking this is just another haunted house-story and I couldn't quite see where it was leading, or how the two stories in the film were connected. In fact I was tempted giving up on the film several times but didn't much due to to the superb acting of Sissy Spoacek and Donald Sutherland, who as always throw in a solid performance. However seeing the ending of this film made it all worth the while. It has one of those twists that make you see the film in a brand new light. For this very reason the film turns out to be a very interesting one, standing out from your average horror film. However I still feel the film is a bit of a missed opportunity due to the first 3/4 of the film. All things considered not a bad film but could have been so much better. There is a lot more potential in this story.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2008
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There are many things in this world I will never understand, and one of them is how this movie's ratings can be so low. Simply put, An American Haunting is the best haunted house movie I have ever seen. I have to admit I did not like or approve of the way the story ended, and the modern-day intro and exit scenes were wholly unnecessary, but everything in between is pure haunted gold. I have to believe that some viewers' dissatisfaction comes from knowing what happens before they see the movie, as even the editorial review on this page reveals one of the film's core secrets. As much as I disapprove of its existence, that particular secret (which bears the unmistakable fingerprints of sleazy Hollywood) plays out beautifully in the film's presentation. Cut out the modern-day cinematic bookends, and this film has one of the most impressive scripts I've come across in some time. The much-ballyhooed cast play up to their potential and then some, the direction is flawless, and the special effects (including the POV scenes that some viewers ridicule) are, to my mind, incredibly effective. I absolutely love An American Haunting.

Basing itself on the only documented case in US history of a spirit causing someone's death, An American Haunting basically markets itself. Don't get too wrapped up in the historicity of this movie, though, as director Courtney Solomon plays fast and loose with the true story of the Bell Witch. The "based on true events" moniker is in fact quite disingenuous, as this movie is really based on Brent Monahan's purely fictional novel The Bell Witch: An American Haunting.
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not so great. if you want to be spooked by movies in term of supernatural watch the Exorcist, Exorcism of Emily Rose, Amityville or Conjuring.

this movie doesn't scare me, I guess cos especially ive seen it b4. also the picture can get irritating the way they move around the camera. it get annoying.

I regret purchased this dvd. its kinda okay for people who haven't seen it b4 though.

Im gonna pass this dvd over to someone, cant bring myself to watch it again.

no problem with delivery.
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The reviews this has got so far is wrong because this is a good film. It's got a good storyline and a good twist at he end. It might not be a masterpeice but its not trying to be its a film to watch at night and get spooked. If you love a ghost film then this will be for you.
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I don't understand why anyone would feel cheated by this film's ending, it's difficult to go into details without spoiling the plot but the conclusion incorporates a theory not unknown to explain this particular supernatural phenomenon.

This film has all the required ingredients, a spooky atmosphere, a believable community and family and I like the way it doesn't dawdle, it's not long before things start to happen, too many films pad-out the length (The Sixth Sense springs to mind) and it ends up watering down the effect.

At just under 90 minutes this film is in no danger of that, but it doesn't feel rushed or insubstantial as a result, very well paced and edited, aided by quality of acting which makes the characters feel very familiar and real to us.

I would put it in my top 5 of spooky films, I watched it twice in the one day and for most of the first viewing had a fixed look of dread on my face. ;)
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This is a film full of great actors, mood and good direction. At times you do wonder who the actual culprit is. But despite it's short coming this is a great pice of viewing and still gets me sitting on the edge of my seat. A million times better than the book!!
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2013
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CAUTION: PARTIAL SPOILER REVIEW. A teenage girl is troubled by bad dreams. Her mother discovers a book and starts to read about another girl in 1818 who had bad dreams in a case of a demonic curse. We then flash back to 1818 and the colonial frontier life of John Bell, a well to do rancher who built the local town church and school. He is found guilty of usury in a shady deal with his neighbor. The neighbor, who some say is a witch, wasn't happy with the outcome and apparently puts the whammy on John Bell. This is the head fake.

Meanwhile, Bell's daughter Betsy is acting strange and invisible entities are haunting the Bell residence as doors open and close by themselves, people are pushed and dragged around, and of course the entity likes to remove the covers from a sleeping teenage girl and pin her to the mattress (no nudity in unrated version). Clearly these people have too much lead in their cooking utensils. The local schoolmaster plays the skeptic. This type of stuff goes on ad nauseum to the point that John Bell goes over to the witch's house. He gives her a gun and points it at his head, and asks her to take his life to remove the curse. The witch claims she didn't put any curse on John Bell, that he did it himself. At this point all the clues dropped during the story should be adding up.

Neither Sutherland nor Spacek will be remembered for their performance in this movie.
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