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The Amityville Horror (1979)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  27 July 1979 (USA)
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Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

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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 <Blythe379@cs.com>

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"For God's Sake, Get Out!" See more »

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Drama | Horror

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27 July 1979 (USA)  »

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Amityville Horror  »

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$86,432,520 (USA)
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Trivia

Finnish name for the film meant "For God's sake, get out of there!". See more »

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When the 2 Lutz boys are caught in their Mom & Dad's bedroom playing tricks on their little sister with a fake spider on the end of a fishing pole line, the window slams on one of the boy's (Greg's) fingers. The hand is shown in a close-up from the inside of the house with blood but from the outside with no blood, then again from the outside with blood. See more »

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Cop at the House: Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
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This motion picture is based on the book "The Amityville Horror." Certain characters and events have been changed to heighten dramatic effect. See more »

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Who says the Lutz's don't throw wild parties?!
6 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Semi-classic thriller of the 70's, requires some patience from the audience but ultimately becomes a nicely moody film about America's most infamous haunted house.

Couple moves their family into a Long Island house, where the previous owners where murdered, and begins to believe that there are evil forces at work in the new home.

Based upon Jay Anson's novel, which itself is supposedly a true story, The Amityville Horror is a film that largely relies upon it's eerie, unsettling atmosphere to induce chills and it often works well. It also packs the occasional good shock. While some may see this films subtlety and occasional weirdness as a senseless plot, it really helps to create a rattling sense of dread. It plays out well, building tension slowly to a climatic finale and a open conclusion that leaves a great sense of mystery. Kudos also go to a wonderfully chilling musical score.

The cast is fairly good, stars Brolin and Kidder are in top-form.

While it may be bashed by many critics, The Amityville Horror has remained one of the 70's better horror oddities, and has become a cult classic for good reason.

*** out of ****


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