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The Amityville Horror -- Supposed true story about George and Kathleen Lutzm whose dream house turns into a nightmare. James Brolin and Margot Kidder are the unsuspecting new tenants of a house whose previous occupants had been murdered in their sleep. The Lutzes and their children are menaced by the lingering evil in this ...   frightening ghost story.

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Director:
Writers:
Sandor Stern (screenplay)
Jay Anson (book)
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Release Date:
27 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Houses don't have memories. See more »
Plot:
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
S10 Reviews: The Amityville Horror (1979) See more (285 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Brolin ... George Lutz

Margot Kidder ... Kathy Lutz

Rod Steiger ... Father Delaney

Don Stroud ... Father Bolen

Murray Hamilton ... Father Ryan
John Larch ... Father Nuncio
Natasha Ryan ... Amy
K.C. Martel ... Greg
Meeno Peluce ... Matt
Michael Sacks ... Jeff

Helen Shaver ... Carolyn

Amy Wright ... Jackie

Val Avery ... Sgt. Gionfriddo
Irene Dailey ... Aunt Helena
Marc Vahanian ... Jimmy
Elsa Raven ... Mrs. Townsend
Ellen Saland ... Bride

Eddie Barth ... Agucci
Hank Garrett ... Bartender

James Tolkan ... Coroner
Carmine Foresta ... Cop at the House

Peter Maloney ... Newspaper Clerk
Charlie Welch ... Carpenter
J.R. Miller ... Boy
Patty Burtt ... Girl
Michael Hawkins ... New York State Trooper

Richard Hughes ... 2nd New York State Trooper
James Dukas ... Neighbor (as Jim Dukas)
Baxter Harris ... Cop #2 at the House
Michael Stearns ... Policeman
Jack Krupnick ... Dead Father

Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
Sandor Stern (screenplay)

Jay Anson (book)

George Lutz  story (uncredited)
Kathy Lutz  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Elliot Geisinger .... producer
Ronald Saland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown  (as Robert Brown Jr.)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
 
Art Direction by
Kim Swados 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... second assistant director
Edward E. Vaughan .... first assistant director (as Ed Vaughan)
 
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Donald Nunley)
Bob Skemp .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert W. Glass)
Maury Harris .... sound mixer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Christopher Ramsey .... boom operator (as Chris Ramsey)
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Dell Rheaume .... special effects (as Delwyn Rheaume)
 
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver
Brian Bruderlin .... stunt double
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver
Rick Seaman .... stunt driver (as Richard D. Seaman)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Edward Morey III .... camera assistant
John Murray .... key grip (as Johnny Murray)
Gene Stout .... gaffer (as Eugene Stout)
Hal Trussell .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Bales .... wardrobe: women
Richard Butz .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Bill Berry .... negative cutter
Dee D'Orazio .... additional editing (as Etter 'Dee' D'Orazio)
Stanley Frazen .... associate editor
Dennis Galling .... assistant editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... apprentice editor (as Barbara Gandolfo)
 
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Aaron Rochin .... scoring mixer
John Graves .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Johnny Dias .... transportation
 
Other crew
Susan Anker .... production secretary
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Thomas Bermingham .... religious supervisor (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham)
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Connie Greenwood .... unit controller
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal trainer
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor
Barbara Pieters .... production coordinator
Steve Warner .... location auditor
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (No. 25653) | West Germany:16 (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Toms River, New Jersey volunteer Fire Company Number One was used to provide the "rain" during one of the exterior scenes. If you look closely, you can see that it is sunny and not "raining" in the background, the next street over.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Cop at the House:Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

FAQ

What was the red room?
Where is Amityville?
Is "The Amityville Horror" a true story?
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44 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
S10 Reviews: The Amityville Horror (1979), 18 April 2005
Author: suspiria10 from The Void

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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