Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newly weds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house but it ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the home's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very ill. George and Kathy with the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective they face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children... Written by
The best-selling novel about a haunted house... has become real!
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Did You Know?
Because the movie was made on a relatively modest budget, James Brolin
took less money up front but with a promise of 10% of the gross sales after its release. After the movie became an unexpected blockbuster (at that time it was in the top ten of all time), he eventually received about $17 million. If adjusted for inflation that would be equivalent to a little over 55 million in 2014 dollars. See more
In this movie (and all the other sequels), there is a chimney between the quarter eye-like windows. If you see a picture of the real/actual house in Amityville, there is no chimney. See more
Cop at the House
Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
This motion picture is based on the book "The Amityville Horror." Certain characters and events have been changed to heighten dramatic effect. See more
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart See more