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 newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house'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 sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy 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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said he didn't get a job for two years after doing this movie because of the cruelty of his character: however, he starred in Night of the Juggler
(1980) a year later, High Risk
(1981) the year after that and two made-for-TV movies in 1982. See more
When the cheek-pinching Aunt Helena arrives, Matthew answers the door with a very red left cheek from a previous take. 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
Referenced in The Possession of Damiani
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart See more