Random movie review: An American Haunting


I have to admit that this movie left me stumped for awhile.  I had to go back and watch it a few times to fully understand

Warning: spoilers

So this movie starts in present day.  A girl named Julia and her mom are waiting for Julia’s dad to pick her up. Julia has a doll and a stack of papers that she apparently got from the attic.  Julia’s mom begins reading the papers which are about the Bell family in the 1800s

Movie switches to the 1800 s where John Bell is in court for swindling a neighbor.  Before they leave court she says he will pay.

Right after that weird things begin to happen.  So naturally we assume that the woman from the court is a witch or something and is getting revenge.

Most of the activity is centered on Betsy Bell and her father John.  Lots of things happen…Betsy is attacked…they hear voices…crosses and bibles fly around the room, etc.

Then a bag of bloody clothes is delivered to the house.  Lucy, the lady of the family recognizes them as John and Betsy’s.

I’m leaving out a bunch of details…and skipping to a scene where Lucy is sitting on a porch swing.  She hears footsteps and it seems that someone is sitting next to her…but we cant see anyone.  Then a female voice says “you know” and Lucy flashes back and remembers a night when she burst into Betsy’s room only to find John raping her.  He puts the blood stained clothing into a bag and hides it.

At roughly the same time Betsy has a flashback of the same incident.  Then the audience realizes that there is no ghost or witch.  Betsy created the entity as a way of dealing with incest.

Later that night Lucy poisons John, killing him.  Betsy gets married to her teacher, who is present throughout the movie.

Then we go back to the present day.  Julia’s father picks her up…and as her mother turns to go back into the house she is shocked to see the ghost of Betsy Bell, staring sadly out the window.  The mom y suddenly realizes that Betsy is telling her that Julia is being or will be raped by her father.  She runs out of the house after the car and the movie ends.

The problem I have with this movie is that it claims to be a true account of the Bell Witch…but if you research the Bell Witch its something completely different.  Also at the beginning of the movie it says that it is an account of a ghost killing a person…but Lucy killed John…not a ghost.

Overall I found the movie interesting…but I wont watch again.

This critic gives it three stars


Random Thought #6: and so it begins

Every year my mother in law asks for a list.  What do I want for Christmas.  This year I was very specific “a rustic looking cover for my nook….and either books or a B&N gift card”

Today we had our Christmas celebration with my in laws.  She did get me a new cover for my nook.  It is pink.  Pink.  I hate pink.  Luckily though it was also the wrong size so i got to exchange it.

Present #2…a giant stained glass hangy thingy.   There are a few problems here.  Problem #1 my house is decorated in neutral colors.  Browns, greens, beige etc.  This stained glass is purple and pink.

Problem #2 I have a 5 year old.  Ya. Where the heck am I going to put this monstrosity that will be saved from flying objects.

Problem #3 is that I am not a
stained glass person.  It isnt my thing.  Never have i expressed a desire for stained glass.

I like to read,  I like to write.  I have never said anything about stained glass.

Okay rant over.  I am going to go put on my cheerful daughter in law face.

Random Thought #5: Not a good idea to celebrate the end of the semester…when you still have one more day to go

Yesterday I gave finals.  WOOO.  Finals are completed…and GRADED!  YAY!  So, I celebrated with adult beverages.  Many, many adult beverages.  Then I remembered that I still have to report to work today for teacher check out!  WHOOPPPS.  So I woke up late…hanging…and now have to spend my day with the headache from Hell.  Note to self: next time do not celebrate until you no longer have to report to work.

Random Daily Prompt: Just a Dream

Daily Prompt: Just a Dream.

Having a nightmare.  Have to choose between three doors.   I am assuming because this is a nightmare that  all three doors contain bad things.  In my mind they are different shapes and colors, and they are numbered.  The number one door is a triangle, and it is purple.  The number two door is red, and it is a circle.  The number three door is a heart and is blue.

I also know that I will not be able to open only one.  I must open all three.   I begin with door number three, because I like hearts.  It is my favorite shape.  When I open this door I find a void.  Everything in my life that symbolizes love and hope and family is gone.  Vanished completely, and I am completely alone.   There is no color.  Just blackness.  No sound.   I immediately shut that door and move to the purple triangle.

The triangle door contains one of my worst nightmares.  The floor is crawling with worms.  There are worms everywhere, and my heart pounds.  No matter that this phobia is illogical.  Worms cannot hurt me, yet I am scared to death of them.  The sight of one on the sidewalk after a spring rain almost brings me to tears.  My heart pounds and I begin to shake.  Barely able to slam that door closed before opening the remaining door.

The door is red and round, and because of that I have an idea of what it might contain, but I am compelled to open it anyway.  Just as I suspect there is a clown.  A friendly clown at a child’s birthday party, but a clown nonetheless.  I have an irrational fear of clowns (thank you Mr. King) This time I am frozen in terror as the party clown tries to hand me a balloon animal.  I will have nothing of it.  I scream.  Loud.  Nothing happens.  The clown is still there, the children having fun in the background, and I am frozen in terror at this monster.   Finally I come to my senses and slam the door closed.

Of the three of these doors that I am subjected to, I find the first one the most terrifying.  I could probably learn to live with clowns, given enough time.  I could probably learn not to fear worms.  I would never be able to handle complete and total isolation.  No thank you.

Random Daily Prompt: Hate to Love

Daily Prompt: Hate to Love.

I hate to love “Glee”.  This is something I have been wanting to write about for awhile.   I accidentally watched an episode of Glee one night, and I was instantly hooked, even though I have been making fun of “Gleeks” for awhile.

Glee takes every taboo known to man, and throws it in your face.  That is why I hate to love it.

Examples:  They start out small.  A gay boy who is in the closet.  Okay, we’ve seen that before.  Not so uncommon.  Kurt eventually comes out of the closet to his very manly father, and we see this father accept him, even though he struggles to do so.  Later though we see Kurt in a relationship with another boy, and there is a very steamy scene, where you know they are having sex, even though they don’t actually show this.  Okay, we’ve seen some of this before….but there is more.

Let’s talk about Quinn.  The cheerleader who gets pregnant, lies about who the father is, and then makes plans to give the baby away to Mr. Schu’s wife…who is lying to him about being pregnant herself.

Then we have Mr. Schu, who is married at the beginning of the series, and falls in love with another woman.  Finds out his wife is lying about her pregnancy and they divorce.

Other things Glee puts out there for the world:  interracial relationships, bullying, bi-sexual and gay and lesbian relationships, male stripping, handicaps in the form of Artie in the wheelchair, then Quinn in the wheelchair, and Becky who has downs syndrome,  homelessness, gay marriage, cheating in relationships, suicide due to cyber bullying, religion…first in the form of the chastity club, then in the form of Joe (who they call Jesus) and now the new cheerleader bitch who begins the “left behind” club; teenage marriage, cougars, blackmail, texting and driving, cheating, lying, and clawing your way to the top.

On top of that Glee has one of the most interesting anti-heroes I have ever seen in the form of Sue Sylvester.  Sue embodies everything evil that you can think of…until you find out that she has a sister with downs syndrome, and then you understand her relationship with Becky.  The latest in this series of shocking developments comes in the form of Sue going through fertility treatments and gives birth to a baby who also has downs.

Before I began watching Glee, I thought it was just a show about kids singing classic and popular songs.  But it is so much more than that.  It takes life, and throws it in your face.  And that is why I hate to love Glee.

Random Daily Prompt: Forever Young

Daily Prompt: Forever Young.

If there were a true fountain of youth, would you drink from it?

I thought about this for awhile.  And decided that the answer is no.  I would not drink from it.  I would be so tempted, but it is not the natural order of things.

I look back on my youth, and while it was a happy one, there are moments I really wouldn’t want to repeat, in some ways I am enjoying getting older.  I guess I really would just rather progress naturally than stay young due to some magical fountain.

Also, according to fairy tales, if a person finds a fountain that provides youth, there are almost always consequences, some of them rather harsh.  No thanks. I will stay where I am.