October 30th, 2006 05:13 EST
An American Haunting Review
By Karen Raine
Rarely, am I anywhere when the doors open. Early Tuesday, I was at Blockbuster`s after a long awaited copy of An American Haunting. After getting my copy, I hurried home, nestled into the lounge chair with a huge slice of carrot cake and watched.
The movie begins with all the usual makings of a good horror. Scenes like running and stumbling through the woods, nightmares, etc. It soon takes you back in time to the early 1800`s of Tennessee. The actors` period costumes as well as the scenery are suprisingly realistic.
Sissy Spacek performs like the star she is as John Bell`s wife Lucy. Patriarch John Bell is played by Donald Sutherland.
John`s sins get him excommunicated from the church and brings a curse upon the Bell family. Shortly afterward, angel faced daughter Betsy (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is tormented, attacked and physically abused by an unseen entity.
This horror is a fictional story based on the real Bell Witch legend of Tennessee. The tale itself is haunting enough, but an unexpected twist leaves viewers in unbelievable and gut wrenching horror as we are brought back into modern times.
Not the standard horror flick, but a genuine, thought provoking shocker whose gut wrenching effects last long after the movie has ended.
Karen Raine is a Texas based freelance writer whose interests include travel, art, antiques, collectibles and country music. Karen is also a songwriter and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.