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Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother.
In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their three children move into an elegant Long Island house. What they don't know is that the house was the site of a horrific mass murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and attempt to keep the horror in the past, but are now haunted by a murderous presence. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What follows is 28 days of sheer, unbridled terror for the family with demonic visions of the dead. Based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz, The Amityville Horror remains one of the most horrifying haunted house stories ever told - because it actually happened. Written by
Halfway decent remake of the 1979 film. The 2000s saw a lot of horror films from the '70s and '80s remade. The majority of those were bottom-of-the-barrel garbage. That this manages to be watchable is a feat in and of itself. It's actually one of the better remakes they've done. Still, it suffers from that same drawback as so many horror films of recent years. That is music-video cinematography, over-polished gloss, and action movie pacing that doesn't belong in a horror film. This is especially obvious in remakes as you can compare and contrast with the original. Don't even get me started on why all these movies have to have people with model good looks as the leads. Anyway, the original and its terrible sequels weren't favorites of mine so I don't care as much about them remaking it. As it is, modern production warts and all, it's a watchable horror film with some effective moments.
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