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The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | | Drama, 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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$4,700,000 (estimated)

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$86,432,520 (USA)
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For years rumors have circulated that the movie was to be filmed in the actual house in Amityville, NY, but the production team was too frightened to film inside the house. The reality is the town of Amityville denied American International Pictures permission to film any scenes whatsoever in Amityville in an attempt to distance themselves from any publicity. Therefore, AIP found a two-story Dutch-Colonial home in Toms River, NJ, in which to film the exteriors. A third-floor facade was added, along with the crescent moon windows on both sides of the house. Almost all interior scenes were filmed at MGM studios in Culver City, CA. A few interior scenes were filmed inside the actual Toms River house, including the scene when George returns from the boathouse in the middle of the night, then walks onto the sun porch to light a cigarette. In that scene you can see there's no wallpaper and no door in the living room, whereas on the soundstage the living room has wallpaper and a door near the bookshelf. See more »

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When Sergeant Gionfriddo starts to follow Father Bolen, his vehicle registration tags say 1979 (the year it was filmed) instead of 1975 (the year it took place). See more »

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[first lines]
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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Proof of a hoax ?
11 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the book,seen the sites and have now seen this movie for what the tenth............hundredth time.Seeing the novel acted out I can realize just how ridiculous and far-fetched the Lutz's story is. Nothing in their so-called "haunted house' seems to match the documented accounts of true haunted houses.The movie proves it,the story is fiction.On the other hand,this neat little movie does set up a convincing psychological basis as James Brolin is slowly and methodically being driven mad by:a new marriage, obnoxious kids, a failing business, lack of money and then, just to push him over, a strange house and weird events.Great movie,great score [that nah-nah,nah-nah score would creep me out alone] and great build-up to a fevered ending. 9 out of 10 Stars!


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