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#16 Iron Bess

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:51 PM

I just saw a screening of American Haunting during lunch...

Well worth the wait and while it takes allot to un nerve me, I still have goosebumps! :D This was done in a first class manner with terrific effects!

A wonderful romp!!! Expect to have a wonderful time. :clap:
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 06:42 PM

I hadn't heard of the story of the Bell Witch, and to my knowledge NO death has ever been caused by a spirit, which made me scoff when the trailer stated that this was the most documented spirit related case AND a death resulted in it.

I saw the movie tonight and, not only does the trailer outright lie, but the movie is nothing like it's portrayed in that 60 seconds of preview.

Very predictable and the ending really over explains itself.

Dammit, I was hoping this would be a good one.


Did you see an advance screening of this movie? For according to the website it doens't come out till May 5 and maybe I'm not looking right but I don't see a section that says advance screening in certain cities. And it' just was now mentioned in Entertainment Weekly as coming out next month. Although I see now that most have saw some early previews of it so no biggie.

But the Bell Witch Legend is an old one. It brought Andrew Jackson to investigate it himself and he witness some of the happenings that was plaguing the family. Some of the occurances seemed to be centered on the young female member of the family, Lucy Bell (i think that was her name).

Several writers have written stories or novels on this incindent. One of them was Barbara Michaels in her novel "Other Worlds". There was another writer a few years back that wrote "All That Lives" which covers it too.

Some think now the incindents might have been brought about by Lucy Bell tapping into unknown TK power she may have possessed due to her father possibly sexually abusing her and the main focus of the attacks were all aimed at the Older Bell and didn't stop till his death brought on by the stress and attacks from the ghost of the Bell Witch. So in reality, what this spirit/poltergiest was doing to the Elder Bell did cause his death.

The Bell Witch was said to be a woman he had had an affair with and later discarded off. And there's even a Bell Witch Cave in which they did a paranormal investigation of and sensed some "bad vibes" or presence there in the cave.

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:13 AM

Did you see an advance screening of this movie? For according to the website it doens't come out till May 5 and maybe I'm not looking right but I don't see a section that says advance screening in certain cities. And it' just was now mentioned in Entertainment Weekly as coming out next month. Although I see now that most have saw some early previews of it so no biggie.


No, I work for Disney Studios and was invited to a screening.

(Shrug) I enjoyed it. It was a good popcorn flick. A good *Summer* movie. :weeee:
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 10:48 AM

In the early 1800s when the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee, was visited by a supernatural presence. The entity terrorized the entire family, but paid particular attention to the Bell's youngest daughter, Betsy. The result was the best-documented and only recorded case in American history where a spirit or entity caused the death of a human being. And now, as another family takes possession of the old Bell house, it's starting all over again.


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 05:38 PM

Just came back from the movie. Didn't love it. It was pretty accurate with the back story of the Bell Witch but the effects were typical hollywood schlocky teenage horror flick. There was so much of the "boo factor" that it wasn't scary at all (if I had a dollar for every dream sequence!).The end has a twist but for those kid's who don't know about the true haunting, I just don't know if they would understand it. If you have to go do a matinee, it's cheaper.
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 05:43 PM

ty for the update. I guess with the computer animations, people are not really knowing how to produce a good effect these days!
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:27 PM

Just came back from the movie. Didn't love it. It was pretty accurate with the back story of the Bell Witch but the effects were typical hollywood schlocky teenage horror flick. There was so much of the "boo factor" that it wasn't scary at all (if I had a dollar for every dream sequence!).The end has a twist but for those kid's who don't know about the true haunting, I just don't know if they would understand it. If you have to go do a matinee, it's cheaper.



Thanks for telling us. I guess it is one of those that I will wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it.
Saves me the trip to the theatre, and the extra junkfood and popcorn that I don't need to eat.

uggh.... I am still awaiting a good spooky new horror film to come out.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 10:17 PM

I just now viewed the trailer...If only the movie was that good!
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Posted 07 May 2006 - 08:13 PM

I thought that the basic story line and the overall movie was good. I've heard of the Bell witch haunting, and I didnt expect this movie to be scary. I mean can you really expect any movie these days to be scary. I throughly enjoyed the movie. :weeee:

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 03:24 PM

that movie was weird as hell.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 07:16 PM

I just saw it this afternoon and I was under the impression that Kate Batts's spirit was the one who terrorized the family and killed Bell. However, in the movie, Kate is very much alive. I also got the impression that if what the mother said was right, about Betsy protecting herself from whatever reason( I'm guessing her father)since it all stopped after John died. Did this imply that something no good was going on between John and Betsy, as implied between the daughter and her father at the end when Betsy's ghost showed up? What was with that little girl, who was supposed to be Betsy at a young age?
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 07:24 AM

Yes, the movie is strongly implying that Betsy was raped by her father(John). What they were trying to say was that Betsy was causing the polterguist type of haunting because of the traumatic experience that she was going through. I am not really sure about the young girl but maybe she was supposed to represent Betsy when she was young and innocent.
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 08:18 AM

For me the young child represented the stolen childhood from Betsy because her father raped her.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 04:53 PM

Not gonna lie... I've seen better, I was kind of bored, but the characters are perfect. Good actors...etc

I thought they were trying to say that the little girl was haunting Betsy in order to save her from being raped. Much like for the girl in the end (the girl from this time period). Since her mother said it was a way to protect herself, and the little girl was helping her do that, but that's just my thought...

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 06:01 PM

I don't think i will ever be able to see it.
I hav'nt seen the movie advertised anywhere near me.
They showed the previews before Silent Hill and i was looking forward to seeing it.
I wish someone would make a good ghost story! Please!
I think a great one could be done ........you know a good old fashion haunting!
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