Horror movies are bloodier than ever. Witness last weekend's successful release of the brutal "Saw II," which Lions Gate opened to a resounding $39 million.
"An American Haunting," which has its world premiere Saturday night at AFI Fest 2005, takes a different tack, though. It isn't without a spot or two of blood. But the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night tale of a ghost who terrorizes an early 19th century family in rural Tennessee forgoes the current vogue for more and more explicit shocks in favor of psychological surprises that have the potential of being more upsetting even if they are not quite as explicit.
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