Director Courtney Solomon has wisely opted for a sinister atmosphere and creepy, rather than blatant shock-horror effects, with this one. Starring Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood and James D’Arcy: the story is loosely based on established facts that were recorded in the 19th Century.
John Bell (Donald Sutherland) is tried by a Church court for having stolen a woman's land. He is found guilty of charging her too much interest, but the officials let him go because 'the loss of his good name is punishment enough'. Kate Batts (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the offended woman, who is assumed by the villagers to be a witch, then tells him to enjoy his good health and the health of his family – especially his daughters – while he can. Very soon after that, weird things start happening to the Bells. John finds himself encountering a savage black wolf that keeps disappearing, while his eldest daughter Betsy (Sissy Spacek) starts hearing noises in her room at night – as though there’s someone (or something) in there with her…
When you’ve watched the film itself, the ‘alternate endings’ in the “Special Features” clip make interesting viewing as well.
Horror based on real events that took place during the 1800s.
Between the years 1818-1820, the Bell family of Red River,
Tennessee was visited by an unknown presence that haunted the
family. What started as small sounds around the farm and the
sighting of a black, yellow-eyed wolf escalated into physical
brutality against certain family members. Fearing that the haunting
was caused by a local woman who had been branded a witch, the Bells
tried desperately to find ways of undoing what they thought to be
the woman's curse, presumably placed upon the family in retaliation
for a land dispute. Despite their efforts the attacks escalated. It
was not until a manuscript of the local schoolteacher, who lived on
the property during the disturbance, was found in 1998 that the
horrifying and shocking answer to what caused this haunting would
finally be unveiled.
Lions Gate Films and Miramax Films
• Sissy Spacek
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 30 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 2.35:1
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- Interactive Menus
- Enhanced WS tv
- Bonus Footage
- Deleted Scenes
- Interviews: Courtney Solomon (Director) and Sissy Spacek
- Other Documentary: Alternate Endings
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Tue, 20 Nov 2007 | Review by: guida
Whether it is based on truth or fiction, it does not deter that this is a scary, brilliantly acted movie.
If you like The Exorcist,The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Audrey Rose, this is one for you.
Makes you wonder what exactly lies on the other side in wait for us?
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