Cody Newton portrays Williams Bell, the young, adventurous son of John and Lucy Bell.
Newton is a film veteran at fifteen having starred in six Hallmark feature films as well as “X-Files the Movie,” “The Runaways,” and “The Bricklayer,” opposite Sidney Portier. Portier says that, “Newton is a brilliant young actor and a pleasure to work with.” The cast and crew of BELL WITCH: The Movie could not agree more.
John David Hart portrays John Bell, the strong and religious father of the Bell family who is particularly tormented by the mysterious spirit.
Hart began his career in the entertainment business with a move to Nashville in 1985, where he began writing and recording songs for Milene Music and MCA Records. To date, Hart is best known for writing the theme song for NBC’s “Man of the People,” starring James Garner, and singing Chevrolet’s timeless jingle, “Heartbeat of America.” In addition to his musical notoriety, Hart has been seen in over 2,500 commercials nationwide.
Bell Witch Movie Closely follows the historically documented legend of The Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee, BELL WITCH combines a chilling soundtrack of original and traditional Bluegrass and Americana songs with sweeping, scenic images to create an eerie backdrop for this 200 year-old legend.
The motion picture is described as a love story turned tragic when entangled with the legendary haunting of the Bell Witch. After stumbling across an ancient burial (in what is now known as the Bell Witch cave), brothers John Jr. and Williams Bell bring a strange curse home to their family causing their father, John, and sister, Betsy, to experience phantom attacks in the night and strange visions in the day. Nothing enrages the spirit of the Bell Witch more than Betsy’s relationship with her loving fiancé, Joshua Gardner. Their only hope of escaping the witch’s torment is death…a fate the Bell Witch is more than happy to deliver.
“With a proliferation of ‘slasher’ films filled with sex, violence and vulgar language, it’s becoming harder than ever to find movies that are appropriate for families while still providing suspense and fright,” says Director / Producer S. Shane Marr. “We wanted to make a movie that told the terrifying and true story of The Bell Witch and that stayed appropriate for the widest variety of viewers.”
Executive producer Doris Ogle echoes that saying, “BELL WITCH: The Movie has skipped the usual use of pervasive curse words, gratuitous sex and graphic violence and has still managed to ‘creep out’ viewers.” She adds, “It’s very much a Hitchcock style of storytelling. The more you think about it, the scarier it is.”
As with any motion picture, parents should review BELL WITCH: The Movie before allowing their children to watch so that they may decide what is most appropriate.
Emily Brobst portrays the spirit who torments the Bell family unmercifully.
Brobst began her acting career in the theater playing roles including Mammy Yokum in “Little Abner,” Frenchie in “Grease,” and Anybodys in “West Side Story.” Although Brobst may be young, she is only 18, her contribution to the film’s “fright factor” is incredible. The Tennessee native says that she chose this role because, “bringing to life a movie about something that happened in my home state is a huge thrill for me.”
Emily Brobst was born on October 24, 1984 in Wisconsin, USA. She is known for her work on Godzilla (2014), Django Unchained (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
Hope Banks portrays Betsy Bell, the daughter of John and Lucy Bell and the object of much ghostly attention.
Banks is a recent graduate (2000) from the University of Tennessee where she earned her B.A. in Speech Pathology. Immediately following college, Banks entered the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Banks now resides in Los Angeles where she concentrates on acting as well as continuing to write award winning poetry and other original materials.
Donna K. Pearson portrays Lucy Bell, the loving, supportive wife of John Bell.
Pearson, an East Tennessee native, began her career in theme park entertainment before earning credits on the television series “Christy” and bringing to life characters in “Steel Magnolias,” “The Crucible,” and “Driving Miss Daisy” on stage. In addition to her leading role in BELL WITCH: The Movie, Pearson is putting her acting abilities to use for the United States government serving as a character guide for v.i.p. groups in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Betsy Palmer brings the Bell Witch to life with her chilling voice over performance.
Palmer, famed for her career in television, film and stage, is known as a legendary "scream queen." In her first film, Mr. Roberts (1955), she starred as a young female officer opposite Jack Lemmon. In addition to acting, she was a news reporter for "The Today Show on NBC" throughout the late '50s. In 1980, Palmer chose a pivotal role in her career playing Jason Voorhies' mother in the original Friday the 13th - a role that established her as an icon in the genre of horror film.
Todd Green portrays Joshua Gardner, a neighboring farmer boy and Betsy Bell’s true love.
Green is currently pursuing his degree in education, but in his free time he enjoys writing, singing, and playing guitar. His philosophy on life is to “never forget that dreams become reality when you take the chance to dance with life.” Believing in his own philosophy has truly paid off for this young, rising star.
Jeff Kunard portrays John Bell, Jr., the responsible eldest son of John and Lucy Bell.
Kunard is a recent (1998) graduate from West Point Military Academy with a B.S. in Operations Research. Shortly after graduation, the Army’s World Class Athletic Program sponsored and trained Kunard for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Handball Team. Not one to rest on his accomplishments, Kunard began a successful career in modeling, appeared on “Temptation Island,” and was named Atlanta’s most eligible bachelor by “Jezebel” magazine before relocating to Los Angeles.
Beverly Gwinn Jones portrays Kate Batts, a harsh woman whose quirky personality makes her the object of suspicion.
Jones, an artist by trade, has been a character actor since high school. However, the stage alone could not hold Jones as she ventured into film in the late 70s with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” starring Sissy Spacek and then made for TV movies with Jerry Reed and Andy Griffith. During the 80s, Jones served as a top retail agent in the record industry working with legends such as Sting and Bob Seger. These days, Jones has returned to her acting roots, both onscreen in Bell Witch the Movie and onstage in roles such as Miss Hannigan in “Annie.” Jones says she returned to it all because, “this was a part that I could throw all of my years of hard work into and bring Kate to life right here in Tennessee.”