An American Haunting (2005)
Impression published on Monday, 2012-05-14 | Film | 1 stars
I watched this movie on accident.
I was looking for another movie with a similar title and/or subject matter and watched this one by mistake. After about 15 minutes, I knew something had gone (horribly) wrong. I ended up sticking around for the entire 83 minutes in the misguided belief that a movie starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland had to have some kind of redeeming quality.
Which, now that I am thinking about it, is probably one of two possible reasons that anyone would ever force themselves through this direct-to-DVD disasterpiece in its entirety: the other being some kind of perverse, cynical interest in the vicissitudes of B cinema (or, perhaps, a similarly unwholesome interest in confirming that well-respected, prestigious actors will occasionally take work simply for money).
Finally, I should say that Courtney Solomon, the director of this bracingly incoherent montage of low-rent (think MS Paint) visual effects and hastily re-created scenes from other, equally lousy popular ghost/haunted-house flicks, is a director/producer whose name you probably want to remember: if you find yourself sitting down to take in some made-for-cable cinema one day and recognize his name in the titles (of, say, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations or Universal Soldier: Regeneration), you will be able to save yourself the time and trouble of trying to figure out a.) is this movie for real? and b.) did someone actually think this made any kind of sense?
The answer--the answer I wish I had known when I stumbled upon An American Haunting on Netflix--is "no".