Cursed: The Bell Witch

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  • TV-PG
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 6.3  (57)

Cursed: The Bell Witch is a supernatural docudrama series from A&E that first aired in 2015. The show explores the real-life legend of the Bell Witch, one of the most notorious cases of supernatural activity in American history. The story is set in 19th century Tennessee, where the Bell family is haunted by a malevolent spirit that torments them relentlessly. The series is centered around John Bell Sr., a wealthy farmer and devout Christian, and his family, who are terrorized by strange noises, inexplicable happenings, and violent physical attacks. The Bell Witch seems to have a particular vendetta against John Bell Jr., the family's youngest son, whom she claims to hate with a passion.

The show has both a dramatic reenactment component and a documentary element, with experts and historians weighing in on the historical accuracy of the events portrayed. Ana Markova plays Betsy Bell, John Bell Jr.'s elder sister, while Chad Higginbotham portrays Richard Powell, a local schoolteacher who becomes involved in the Bell Witch case. John Ceallach is cast as John Bell Sr.

The first episode sets the stage, introducing the Bell family and the strange phenomena that begin to occur in their home. We see doors opening and closing on their own, strange voices whispering in the night, and objects moving seemingly of their own accord. The Bell Witch also begins to torment John Bell Jr. by pulling his hair and pinching him, and the family begins to suspect that there is something truly malevolent in their midst.

As the haunting intensifies, the Bells turn to their neighbors for help, and Richard Powell, a former student of John Bell Sr.'s, takes an interest in the case. He begins to chronicle the family's experiences and interviews witnesses to the strange occurrences. Meanwhile, rumors begin to circulate that the Bell Witch is not just any ordinary ghost, but the spirit of a woman who was betrayed by John Bell Sr. and seeks revenge on his family.

The subsequent episodes delve deeper into the specifics of the haunting, with the Bell Witch becoming increasingly aggressive and displaying more violent behavior. The family's health begins to suffer, and they are driven to the brink of despair. The Bells eventually turn to a local witch for help, and a tense confrontation with the Bell Witch ensues.

Overall, Cursed: The Bell Witch is a well-produced and engaging docudrama series that brings to life the chilling legend of the Bell Witch. The show strikes a balance between historical accuracy and dramatic tension, and the performances of the actors are convincing and believable. The episodes are fast-paced and engaging, and the historical context of the story is fascinating for those interested in folklore and the supernatural.

Cursed: The Bell Witch is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on October 26, 2015.

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Eye of the Storm
5. Eye of the Storm
November 23, 2015
John and Chad's efforts to cleanse the land and put a stop the curse don't work out as planned forcing them to turn to exorcism.
Ghosts Interrupted
4. Ghosts Interrupted
November 16, 2015
John and Chad go to see a shaman who talks about an evil existence in the Bell Witch Cave. Nick White, John and Chad attempt to purify the original residence.
The Secret Life of Betsy Bell
3. The Secret Life of Betsy Bell
November 9, 2015
John and Chad operate a witch's amulet to produce unusual feedback at John Bell's grave. Also, a shocking circumstance comes up in the woods.
The Real John Bell
2. The Real John Bell
November 2, 2015
Surveillance film from Kate's grave-site in the woods reveals something unexpected; John and Chad commune with a regional witch and a demonologist before seeking out the secret grave of John Bell.
The Betrayal of Kate Batts
1. The Betrayal of Kate Batts
October 26, 2015
An investigation of the Bell Witch Curse is started by John Ceallach and Chad Higginbotham. They go to the Bell Homestead which is the site of Kate Batts' murder.
Where to Watch Cursed: The Bell Witch
Cursed: The Bell Witch is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cursed: The Bell Witch on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (57)