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The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | | Horror | 27 July 1979 (USA)
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass 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 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 <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Houses don't have memories. See more »

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$4,700,000 (estimated)

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$86,432,520 (USA)
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While the DeFeo family murders are obviously a major plot point for the film, for whatever reason they are never actually referenced by name. See more »

Goofs

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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Followed by Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989) See more »

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Blue Moon
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Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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S10 Reviews: The Amityville Horror (1979)
18 April 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

George and Kathy Lutz are looking for a place to anchor down and raise a family. The Lutz's and their children (Kathy's from a previous marriage) settle on an impossibly cheap, large and beautiful shore house. But 28 days later the macabre and scary happenings force them to leave…leaving all their earthly possession behind. During the course of those 28 days, the family goes through all kinds of hell a room full of flies, demonic voices and a pig with glowing red eyes. What kind of past does that house have that would make everything horribly wrong. Based on a true story.

Real or hoax, you decide but "The Amityville Horror" has all the trappings of an excellent haunted house story. Too bad that the filmmakers falter a bit with a lack of character development that also ends up stifling the actors in the film, that would have helped out immensely. A creepy music score (the one rejected for "The Exorcist") and several good set-pieces help out but the end of the second act kind of gets stale. A good supernatural thriller.


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