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The Amityville Horror (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  15 April 2005 (USA)
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Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

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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 Film_Fan

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,339,417 (UK) (15 April 2005)

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$522,408 (Brazil) (2 September 2005)
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While the reproduction of the Amityville House's famous exterior was constructed in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, many of the interiors were built on a temporary sound stage in an empty building located in a corporate park in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The production company took out building permits in the village of Silver Lake, Wisconsin (in Kenosha County) and spent about $60,000 to adapt the historic Rustman House summer estate on the south shore of Silver Lake at Kenosha County Highways F and SA for its cinematic debut. (The Rustman fortune was earned in the Jefferson Ice company of Chicago in the harvesting and storage of ice from the wintertime lakes of Kenosha County and elsewhere, and shipping it to hotels for summertime usage and cooling before the advent of refrigeration.) The Rustman Estate consists of the "big" house. a smaller guest cottage, several farm buildings, two workers' cottages, a boathouse, a one-lane bowling alley, and wide pastures, garden plots and wooded areas. The porch on the house itself faces west and winds three-quarters of the way around the first floor. Inside there is a smallish kitchen but a dining room that seats 18-20 guests, a large living room, billiard room, butler's pantry, billiard room, and separate two-room maid's quarters. On the grand staircase was a stained-glass window (now removed) featuring an Eve-like maiden offering the viewer and apple. Upstairs, a vast master suite has been created from some of the original five upstairs bedrooms, each with its own marble sink. The third floor is the attic with a turret room high above Silver Lake where Mrs. Rustman would sit and watch the ice-cutters. The Rustman House awaits its next occupants as it has been unoccupied for several years and remains protected by a chain-link fence and hidden security devices. See more »

Goofs

At one point the Lutzes are in the kitchen and the refrigerator magnets read "Home Sweet Home". In a rage George knocks the letters down. In the next shot, the letters spelling out "Home" are visible in their original position. See more »

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The House: Catch them! Kill them!
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Uh-Oh Someone's Scaring the Pretty People Again
26 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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