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Title:American Haunting

Date: 2005
Type: Horror
Rating: 3 Stars 3/5
Colour: Yes
Director: Courtney Solomon

IN the early 1800's in America after a dispute of a piece of land a woman puts a curse on a man (Donald Sutherland) and his daughter (Rachel Hurd-Wood). From then on an unknown entity starts to torment Rachel Hurd-Wood at night, despite efforts to exorcise the spirit and of the local school teacher to find a rational explanation. This is based on a supposedly true story, although th etwist at the end is for the film and not the traditional story. There is a good performance from a young Rachel Hurd-Wood and several good shock scenes, with good support from Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. The problem is that the scenes that develop the plot are relatively weak and slow against the frantic tormenting scenes and it does have the feel of borrowing from various previous horror films. Although the film is weak in places it does maintain the suspense and attention.


Donald SutherlandDonald Sutherland
Sissy SpacekSissy Spacek
Rachel Hurd-WoodRachel Hurd-Wood
James D'ArcyJames D'Arcy



American Haunting