Before my showing of An American Haunting, there were projector problems. Ninety-five minutes later, rolling my eyes like Marty Feldman on airplane glue, I felt I would have been much happier if the repairs had never been made. It was like spending an afternoon in the world's lamest haunted house.
The movie covers the only recorded event of a human being dying from a spirit, which took place in Red River, Tennessee in the early 1800s. The events unfold after John Bell (Donald Sutherland) is cast off by his church for committing usury. The victim of Bell's shady business practices, an alleged witch, then threatens Bell: "I swear a dreadful darkness will fall upon you, and your precious daughter, too." That statement, by the way, should be amended to include the audience.
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