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USA 2020
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directed by Seth Breedlove
starring Amy Davies, Thomas Koosed, Aaron Gascon, Grayden Nance, Sue Matzke, Mark Matzke, Zac Palmisano, Adrienne Breedlove; narrator: Lauren Ashley Carter; interviewees: Tim Henson, Brandon Barker, Pat Fitzhugh, John F. Baker jr, Dewey Edwards, Cara Tobitt, Brenda Moss, Tyler Estep, Kayethel Dickerson, Forrest Burgess, Beau Adams, Heather Moster
music by Brandon Dalo, visual effects by Santino Vitale

documentary
Bell Witch

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Adams, Tennessee, 1817 to 1821: A spirit (more or less synonymous with "witch" back when) later identifying herself as Kate (Adrienne Breedlove) haunts the Bell family, and especially family patriarch John (Thomas Koosed) and daughter Betsy (Amy Davies) - while showing a curious foundness for John's wife Lucy (Sue Matzke). At first, the spirit only makes herself known through knocks and other noises, and pulling Betsy's blanket in her sleep, but later she finds her voice - and eventually makes it clear she wants to kill John, a story coming to a head when John is found dead, poisoned ...

Since then, many creepy phenomena in and around Adams have been linked to the Bell Witch - but what and how much is true will forever remain a mystery ...

 

A very nice (and pretty creepy) documentary that doesn't go out of its way to either prove or disprove the legend it investigates but gives the story the necessary space to breathe, so much so that the film features a partial dramatization of the source material as reported and adds an analysis by experts - historians, paranormal researchers and whatnot - only at the end, with all of their opinions seeming level-headed rather than sensationalist, and leaving one to come to one's own conclusions, also encouraged by interviews with many locals who at times contradict one another, but that way paint an even fuller picture.

As for the dramatizations, they're handled less matter-of-factly but by someone who clearly understands and likes horror - very fitting, since the legend, however true or untrue, is a ghost story after all -, and thus really suck one into the story, especially of course if inclined to the genre in the first place.

 

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