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An American Haunting Review


Terrible
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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Dreaming Of Joseph Lees Review


Bad
So why is Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown) Dreaming of Joseph Lees? Well, because this movie probably put her to sleep, for starters. While Fox's promotional material touts Lees as "sensual," "feverish," and "macabre," the reality is the movie is "boring," "sedate," and "limp." In 1950s England, Morton's Eva finds herself lusting after childhood buddy Lees (Rupert Graves), the devilishly handsome geologist (woo hoo!) with tales of adventure. Too bad she's also got farmer Harry (Lee Ross) trying to win her affections by getting pummeled in the boxing ring. And he's her cousin (okay, that's macabre). How the movie ends is neither surprising nor particularly interesting... nor is how it gets to that point. Fans of overwrought period pieces will likely be taken by the moody wandering of this picture. Saner viewers will not be.

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An American Haunting Movie Review

An American Haunting Movie Review

Before my showing of An American Haunting, there were projector problems. Ninety-five minutes later, rolling...

Dreaming Of Joseph Lees Movie Review

Dreaming Of Joseph Lees Movie Review

So why is Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown) Dreaming of Joseph Lees? Well, because...

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