An American Haunting

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Overview

The wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan's chilling, fact-based story of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The year is 1818 and the Bell family is a quiet clan residing on a remote farm in Red River, TN. A normal, loving family by all accounts, the uneventful lives of the Bell family begin to take a dark turn when ...
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Overview

The wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan's chilling, fact-based story of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The year is 1818 and the Bell family is a quiet clan residing on a remote farm in Red River, TN. A normal, loving family by all accounts, the uneventful lives of the Bell family begin to take a dark turn when strange noises around the farm are followed by the arrival of a black wolf with piercing yellow eyes said to strike unspeakable fear into the very soul of all who encounter it. As the sadistic spirit singles out the youngest daughter of the Bell family for torment and her frightened parents search frantically for a rational explanation to the chilling events unfolding in their once-happy home, an eerie, disembodied voice promises death from beyond the grave. With the struggle rapidly turning violent and the Bells' desperate prayers for mercy going unanswered time and again, the shocking murder that followed would prove the only case in recorded American history where the death of a human being was directly attributed to an attack by an evil entity or spirit.
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround EX audio; 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; Director's video commentary; Alternate and deleted scenes; Internet promotions; Interview with director Courtney Solomon and actress Sissy Spacek; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailer and TV spots
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 012236203483
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Edited
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,027

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland John Bell
Sissy Spacek Lucy Bell
Rachel Hurd-Wood Betsy Bell, Voice Only
James D'Arcy Richard Powell
Matthew Marsh James Johnston
Thom Fell John Bell Jr
Zoë Thorne Theny Thorn
Gaye Brown Kate Batts
Sam Alexander Joshua Gardner
Miquel Brown Chloe
Vernon Dobtcheff Elder 1
Shauna Shim Anky
Madalina Stan Ethereal Girl
Philip Hurdwood Partygoer
Vlad Cruceru Richard Bell (Aged 4)
Alin Rosca Joel Bell (Aged 10)
Andrei Serban Joel Bell (Aged 6)
Isabelle Almgren-Doré Jane
Susan Almgren Elizabeth, Mother
Howard Rosenstein Father
Lila Bata-Walsh Little Ghost Girl
Courtney Solomon Voice Only
Technical Credits
Courtney Solomon Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Pierre Blain Sound Mixer
Andrei Boncea Co-producer
Ruxandra Colceag Choreography
Richard Comeau Editor
Ioana Corciova Art Director
Caine Davidson Score Composer
Gary Davy Casting
Ed Douglas Sound/Sound Designer
Alessandro Fracassi Associate Producer
Simon Franks Executive Producer
Nicky Hamilton Makeup
Humphrey Jaeger Production Designer
Zygi Kamasa Executive Producer
Matthew Kuipers Producer
Pierre Laberge Production Manager
Robbie Little Executive Producer
Lawrence Steven Meyers Executive Producer
Christopher Milburn Producer
Jane Petrie Costumes/Costume Designer
Mihai Predescu Production Manager
Maxime Remillard Executive Producer
Julien Remillard Executive Producer
Andre Rouleau Producer
Daniel Sauvé Camera Operator
Mircea Voda Makeup
David Worley Camera Operator
Allan Zeman Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- An American Haunting
1. Dayscare [3:26]
2. A Tall Tale [2:25]
3. Christmas Traditions [5:21]
4. Seeing Things [2:14]
5. Investigating [3:00]
6. Peculiar Encounters [2:20]
7. Just a Dream [3:22]
8. Trouble Sleeping [3:05]
9. Supernatural Seance [3:34]
10. Vail Victim [2:37]
11. Rational Explanation [2:23]
12. This Will Pass [2:55]
13. Unknown Force [2:28]
14. Something Evil [3:14]
15. Witch Tales [3:38]
16. Ghost Games [3:19]
17. Believing [5:17]
18. Haunting Thoughts [1:13]
19. Cursed Yourself [1:38]
20. Self Sacrifice [3:56]
21. Angry Spirits [4:03]
22. Made to Suffer [4:03]
23. Mother's Dreams [1:47]
24. By Her Side [1:15]
25. Remembering [1:35]
26. Special Serum [:47]
27. Passing Spirit [1:18]
28. Haunting Tale [6:13]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- An American Haunting
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Director's Video Commentary
      Alternate and Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Alternate Scenes: Carriage Crash (Alternate Scenes)
         Alternate Ending: 15 Years Later
         Alternate Ending: Betsy Kills John
         Alternate Ending: Betsy's Doll
         Alternate Ending: Through the Wall
         Deleted Scenes: Lucy Nursed By Entity
         Deleted Scenes: John Gets Gun, Says Good-Bye
         Deleted Scenes: James and Wife Arrive at Party
         Deleted Scenes: Betsy Hears Noises in Her Room
         Deleted Scenes: John Sees Man on the Roof
      The Internet Promos
         Play All
         The Beginning
         The Mystery
         The Making Of
         The Experts
      Interview With Sissy Spacek By Director Courtney Solomon
      Also Available From Lionsgate
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Good Story

    Excellent story although taken from real life event, it has good drama and a twisted conclusion. Didn't read the entire book but I have seen the movie and I thought it was a great movie to watch. I loved the setting and characters on the movie. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fair

    Donald Sutherland was great in this movie, but overall this movie lacked originality. Good for one viewing, but really doesn't leave you wanting more after that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not worth the time

    An American Haunting is supposedly based on the bell witch but in fact it is a slap in the face to the bell family and the legend, with the MTV quick cut directing and the out of place soundtrack this film is not worth the time to watch it. The only positive for it is the acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Twisted Movie!

    This movie makes you jump at parts and give you some chills.It has a twisted storyline,but it is still cool.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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