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
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Did You Know?
James Brolin's brother was actually used for the image of the bearded man seen appearing from the 'red room' in the cellar. The studio wanted someone who bore a close resemblance to James Brolin and discovered he had a brother who shared a strong resemblance to the star. Brolin's brother was applied with a fake beard for the bit part. See more
James Brolin uses the babysitter's real name when demonstrating the closet door: After George and Kathy let the babysitter out of the closet, she tells them that the door was locked and it wouldn't open. George then says, "Amy, there's no lock on this door." He is speaking to the babysitter, Jackie, not the child, Amy. The actress who plays Jackie is named Amy Wright. 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
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