An American Haunting Review
Written by: alex1176
An intriguing film undone by its excessive use of demonic possession movie cliches. There is also a major twist at the end, but it's not an easy one to decipher. Serious thought must be applied if one wants to make sense of the events that happen throughout the film. HINT: demon possession? think again.
The film is watchable and fans of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "The Village" will probably enjoy it. However, I think the movie's director makes a mistake by frequently cutting between two time periods. Doing so weakens the momentum of the main storyline set in the 1800's. The acting by the cast is okay and so is the dark photography. I watched the 'PG-13' version and it does border on 'R' with its scary atmosphere and adult situations. The funny thing is I actually enjoyed Jan De Bont's much reviled remake of "The Haunting" more than this heavy-handed film.
Still, If you like thoughtful ghost stories, then "An American Haunting" will probably creep you out.