December 8, 2005

The Trailer Park: An American Haunting

An American Haunting is the latest film to bill itself as being "Based on True Events." This should always be taken with a grain of salt. That is not to say that the events never happened at all, but you should be aware tha the facts have more than likely been twisted for dramatic effect for use in what is essentially a fictional work.

The trailer for An American Haunting plays like a cross between The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Village. It claims to be based on a case of a spirit haunting in 1818. It also claims to be the only case in history where a man was killed by a spirit.

The web site gives an overview of the legend, as well as billing the film to be the first to penetrate the imponderable. The film that lays bare the actual events, that had not been explained by 20+ books on the subject, plus numerous essays. It goes on to describe how the family moved into this home, and one day, while hunting, they were confronted with an apparition of unknown origin. After that, the family was inundated with noises, and odd illnesses. Everyone suspected the weird neighbor lady, but apparently they were wrong. It comes off like any number of ghost stories.

The movie includes Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland amongst its cast. The trailer shows them to really look the parts playing this period victims. Its screenplay was adapted, and directed by Courtney Solomon. This is her second directorial outing, her first was Dungeons and Dragons, that does not give me a lot of hope. But, people change.

In the end, this trailer looks pretty good. It shows some spooks, and plays up the based on real events schtick which is a good marketing tool. I will be sure to check it out.

You can see the trailer at the film's official website.


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