So it was that time again. Yes, I know I’m behind but I’m making good on it, don’t I? So the movie of this evening is An American Haunting from 2005. The movie is based on the 1997-novel The Bell Witch: An American Haunting by Brent Monahan, who based his book on the legendary ‘actual’ haunting that happened in Tennessee some time in the 19th century. The film was written and directed by Courtney Solomon and it stars Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and James D’Arcy. As the movie stands to date with an astonishingly low 12% Fresh-rating on Rotten and a low 4.9-score on IMDB, I’m gonna have to say that the IMDB-score was too high for the shoddy work that is this “scary” movie.
As I have a lot of readers in the US, I’m guessing that most of you have heard of this “Bell witch” at some point or another in your lives, but for the rest of you, here’s the gist of it (the movie that is, which for the most part follows “what really happens” rather well).
John Bell (Sutherland) is taken to church court over some manner of being accused of stealing land from a neighboring woman. Being found guilty of the charges of charging the woman too much interest for a loan, the church sends him off with “a slap on the wrist”, thinking that the loss of his good name is punishment enough, in which the woman tells him to “enjoy his good health and the health of his family while he can”. It doesn’t take too long before strange things start to happen and from here on out, the movie follows every cliche in the book, from crucifixes and furniture being thrown, hallucinations, nightmares, covers pulled off when they’re sleeping, strange animals lurking around, the whole nine. Most of the things that happen seems to be aimed toward John’s daughter Betsy (Hurd-Wood) which can only be interpreted as an attempt to cause John (Sutherland) psychological pain rather than physical.
However, this movie was a disappointment from beginning to end and it failed to do …… whatever it set out to do in the first place. Unless if it was to give a renowned ghost story a shitty movie-portrayal, because if that’s the case, it succeeded completely! Not even the acting in the film was good. Sure, everyone knows that you don’t have to be a “-70’s Robert De Niro” or a “Heath Ledger” in front of the screen when it comes to horror movies, but… with names such as Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek attached, you would at least feel safe knowing that the acting would be okay. But the only thing that impressed me (a little bit) was Rachel Hurd-Wood, (who I loathed in Peter Pan by the way) who actually wasn’t half bad. If she keeps this up, her future will be brighter by the movie….. unless it stays exactly the same. In any couldn’t really care less. So in conclusion for An American Haunting …… yeah you guessed it, it’s another one for The Dump! So I’m just gonna leave you with the trailer and be done with it.
So there you have it… today’s Two-fer. Tomorrow is a night of joy and booze and costumes and stuff…. Yeah I know, it’s not Halloween yet but that won’t stop me (us) from celebrating, for as I have come to terms with, October is Halloween-month! But don’t worry, dear readers, there will be a post before the partying starts, but until then….. Head these words as if your lives depended on it – Stay away from this movie, just watch the trailer and be done with it!