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Writers (WGA):
Scott Kosar (screenplay)
Jay Anson (novel)
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Release Date:
15 April 2005 (USA) See more »
What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained. See more »
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ryan Reynolds ... George Lutz

Melissa George ... Kathy Lutz

Jesse James ... Billy Lutz

Jimmy Bennett ... Michael Lutz

Chloë Grace Moretz ... Chelsea Lutz

Rachel Nichols ... Lisa

Philip Baker Hall ... Father Callaway

Isabel Conner ... Jodie Defeo
Brendan Donaldson ... Ronald Defeo
Annabel Armour ... Realtor
Rich Komenich ... Chief of Police
David Gee ... ER Doctor
Danny McCarthy ... Officer Greguski
Nancy Lollar ... Librarian

José Taitano ... Stitch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marie Joelyn ... Store Patron (uncredited)

Dorian Kingi ... Scary Leashed Indian (uncredited)
Ryan Kross ... Restaurant patron (uncredited)

Jenny Strubin ... Grocery Cashier (uncredited)

Lenore Thomas ... Nurse Fuller (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Douglas 
Writing credits
Scott Kosar (screenplay)

Jay Anson (novel)

Sandor Stern (earlier screenplay)

George Lutz (material) and
Kathy Lutz (material) (as Kathleen Lutz)

Produced by
Michael Bay .... producer
Matthew Cohan .... associate producer
David Crockett .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... co-executive producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Andrew Form .... producer
Bradley Fuller .... producer (as Brad Fuller)
George Furla .... co-executive producer
Paul Mason .... co-executive producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... associate producer
Steve Whitney .... co-executive producer (as Steven Whitney)
Original Music by
Steve Jablonsky 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roger Barton 
Christian Wagner 
Casting by
Lisa Fields 
Production Design by
Jennifer Williams 
Art Direction by
Marco Rubeo 
Set Decoration by
Daniel B. Clancy 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects on-set supervisor
Grady Holder .... special makeup effects artist: K.N.B. EFX Group
Dominic Mango .... key hair stylist
Helen Marchfield .... makeup artist
Ross Martucci .... special makeup effects artist
Bart Mixon .... special makeup effects artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist (as Gregory Nicotero)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Douglas Noe .... prosthetics makeup artist
Suzi Ostos .... key makeup artist
Andy Schoneberg .... special makeup effects artist: additional photography
Production Management
David Crockett .... production manager
Wileen Dragovan .... assistant production manager
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Coe .... assistant director
Vince Duque .... dayplayer second second assistant director
Mark Palansky .... second unit director
Craig A. Pinckes .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thomas J. Cabela .... assistant to production designer
Kevin Cross .... set designer
Frank D. Dambra .... lead painter
Craig Denham .... graphic designer
Matthew Ferreira .... set dresser
Jonathan Gesinski .... storyboard artist
Michael D. Gianneschi .... assistant property master
Stephanie Gilliam .... set designer
Gary Happ .... construction foreman
Ashley Eden Kessler .... buyer
Jonas Kirk .... construction coordinator: additional photography
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Nathan Mack .... carpenter
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
Matt McKinney .... art department production assistant
James P. Meehan .... assistant property master
Mike Monckton .... painter
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Russell O'Connor .... carpenter
Tom Osman .... labor foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Kerry Sanders .... set designer
John J. Slove Jr. .... propmaker
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Scott Troha .... leadman
Guillaume DeLouche .... property master: additional photography (uncredited)
Phillip Ellman .... greensman (uncredited)
Shannon Fortune .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Jorge Paris .... graphics (uncredited)
Clint Schultz .... graphic designer: additional photography (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound recordist
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael J. Broomberg)
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue & adr editor
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Bob Myers .... sound technician
Robert Bruce Myers .... utility sound
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
Alan Rankin .... supervising sound editor
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Pieter Schlosser .... assistant: Steve Jablonsky (as Pieter A. Schlosser)
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Jim Stuebe .... production sound mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects foreman
Jay Appleberry .... special effects foreman
David J. Barker .... special effects
David J. Chamerski .... special effects technician
Ryan Evans .... special effects
Steve Koch .... designer: KNB EFX Group
John D. Milinac .... special effects director
Steven Munson .... mold/technical department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Dirk Rogers .... special effects technician: K.N.B. Effects Group
Patricia Urias .... special effects: foam department
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects runner
Jenny Wallace .... special effects buyer
Chip Williams .... special effects technician: casting/fabrication
Visual Effects by
Kimberly Adams .... visual effects producer (as Kim Jorgensen)
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Judith Bell .... rotoscoper
Elissa Bello .... lead rotoscoper
Kevin Bouchez .... compositor
Timothy Clark .... matte painter
Brandon Criswell .... rotoscoper
Kevin Culhane .... 3D tracking
Brian Cuscino .... I/O
Amit Dhawal .... rotoscoper
Sean Andrew Faden .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Frazier .... I/O
Roger Guyett .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Matthew Hackett .... animator
Steven Hawkins .... I/O
Jen Hutchinson .... controller
Joni Jacobson .... compositor
Zach Justman .... assistant visual effects editor
Joe Ken .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Bill Laverty .... chief engineer
James Do Young Lee .... rotoscoper
Janet Lewin .... visual effects producer
Michael Lori .... 3D tracking
Cornelia Magas .... rotoscoper
Emma McGuinness .... visual effects executive producer
Nathan McGuinness .... senior visual effects supervisor
Tony Meister .... digital artist
Ryan Meredith .... visual effects coordinator
Derek Milner .... assistant color timer
Sébastien Moreau .... Inferno compositor: ILM
Steve Muangman .... compositor
Perri Pecora .... compositor
Gerald Ragland .... digital intermediate assistant
Kosta Saric .... visual effects editor: Asylum Visual Effects
John Scheer .... digital effects artist
Hilary Sperling Stauffer .... compositor (as Hilary Sperling)
Marty Taylor .... compositor
Jessica Teach .... visual effects coordinator
Zachary Tucker .... animator
Aaron Vest .... modeler
Steve Vojkovic .... digital opticals
Jeff Werner .... CG producer
Yuichiro Yamashita .... animator
Tonia Young .... rotoscoper
Beth D'Amato .... digital paint and roto artist (uncredited)
Claas Henke .... compositor: Asylum (uncredited)
Pat Tubach .... compositing supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
Tommy Bacini .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... action coordinator
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Stacey Carino .... stunts
Brian Christensen .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunts (as Tobias Daszkiewicz)
Shauna Douglas .... stunts
Shauna Duggins .... stunt double
Richard Epper .... stunt rigger
Richard Epper .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
James R. Mammoser .... stunts (as James Mammoser)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunt double: Ryan Reynolds
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Jodi Starnes .... stunts
Tom Vicini .... stunt double: Billy
Tom Vicini .... stunts (as Gaetano Vicini)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Alessi .... rigging key grip
Cortland Boyd .... key grip
Kevin Boyd .... key video assist operator
Fernando M. Briones .... dolly grip
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Castelaz .... gaffer: second unit
Christopher M. Collar Jr. .... grip (as Chris Collar)
Flor Collins .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dawn Copeland .... electrician
Erik Curtis .... first assistant camera: water unit
Chris Dame .... remote head technician
Jaime Dawkins .... additional grip
Darrin DeLoach .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Rachel Donofrie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ronald Dragosh .... additional electrician
Chris Freres .... rigging best boy grip
Joe Gajewski .... additional grip
Gregg Gannett .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Glomp .... best boy electric
Joseph Guerino .... electrician
Joseph Guerino .... rigging gaffer
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Timothy Jipping .... grip
Matt Johnson .... additional electrician
Shane D. Kelly .... chief lighting technician
Dennis J. Leahy .... generator operator
Matthew LeCrone .... additional electrician
Rashaad Lewis .... grip
Ken Little Jr. .... assistant camera
Helmut Luchs .... grip: second unit
Anthony J. Lullo .... electrician
Anthony J. Lullo .... gaffer: second unit
Joseph M. Lyons .... electrician (as Joe Lyons)
Blake E. Matthys .... grip
Bradley T. Matthys .... grip
Mark E. Matthys .... best boy grip
Steven Matthys .... best boy grip: second unit
Peter Mercurio .... camera operator: "a" camera
Chris Mulsoff .... best boy electric: second unit
Wilson Mylander .... electrician
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator
Mark Pickens .... second key grip
Keith Pokorski .... crane operator: Technocrane
Stephanie Power .... electrician
Christopher Rejano .... additional electrician
Chris Ryerson .... dolly grip
Chris Ryerson .... key grip: second unit
David Schmalz .... video assist operator
Faires A. Sekiya .... Steadicam operator (as Faires Anderson)
Andrew Shulkind .... operator: libra head
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andy Smith .... playback operator
Andy Smith .... video assist operator
Kurt E. Soderling .... director of aerial photography
Scott Thiele .... grip
Rick Thomas .... gaffer
Dan Urbain .... film loader
Billy Wauer .... additional electrician
Kevin Wisor .... additional electrician
Mark N. Woods .... crane operator: Technocrane
Joe Carpita .... camera intern (uncredited)
Christopher Duskin .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Kyle Holden .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Danielle Aufiero .... casting assistant
Meagan Lewis .... casting assistant
Caitlin McKenna .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson)
Matt Miller .... casting associate
Mickie Paskal .... casting: Chicago
Marisa Ross .... casting associate
Danny Roth .... casting: New York
Jennifer Rudnicke .... casting: Chicago
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Caulfield .... set costumer
Miriam Hoffman-Durand .... seamstress (as Miriam Hoffman)
Jonathan Kinnas .... wardrobe assistant
Gina Panno .... costume supervisor
Heather Pollock .... additional set costumer
Ellen Ryba .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Doolittle .... digital on-line editor
Leigh Folsom Boyd .... first assistant editor (as Leigh Folsom)
Nicholas Hasson .... digital intermediate editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate producer
Missy Papageorge .... digital intermediate producer
Chris Regan .... color timer
Christopher Reichel .... digital intermediate conform editor
Erik Rogers .... digital intermediate producer
John Scheer .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Craig W. Smith .... apprentice editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... colorist
Fulvio Valsangiacomo .... assistant editor
Salvatore Catanzaro .... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist (uncredited)
Mark T. Osborne .... additional colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Brady Breen .... location manager
Carrie Goodman .... location scout
Rosa Yang Kato .... assistant location manager (as Rosa Yang Kato)
Maria C. Roxas .... location scout
Jeff Morris .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Robb Boyd .... music editor: temp
Jim Dooley .... additional music programmer (as James Michael Dooley)
Jim Dooley .... composer: additional music (as James Michael Dooley)
Clay Duncan .... additional music programmer
Clay Duncan .... composer: additional music
Jay Flood .... composer: additional music
Bruce Fowler .... score orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer
Pieter Schlosser .... technical score advisor (as Pieter A. Schlosser)
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
Greg Vines .... assistant engineer
Booker White .... music preparation
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joey Freitas .... transportation
James Hogan .... transportation coordinator
Brian McQuery .... transportation production assistant
Other crew
Olivier Agostini .... production assistant
Robert Amico .... stand-in: Phillip Baker Hall, re-shoots
Jeremy Beiermann .... assistant production office coordinator
Allison Bergstrand .... assistant: Mr. Field
Melissa Bickerton .... adr loop group
Senica Billingsley .... production assistant
Adam Boor .... office production assistant
Kevin Boyd .... video coordinator
Maurice Brunson .... security
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor
Jeffrey Caruso .... assistant production coordinator
Beth Casey .... animal trainer
Bill Casey .... animal trainer
Rosie Charbonneau .... assistant: Randall Emmett and George Furla
Jason Cosgrove .... business and legal affairs
Patrick Cunningham .... key on-set production assistant
Joli Eberhart .... assistant: Michael Bay
Liam Ford .... data manager: CO3
Ira Gerber .... production assistant
P.J. Haines .... chef
Virgil E. Hammond III .... executive specialist: Cinecoach Production Systems
Sheryl L. Hammond .... executive specialist: Cinecoach Production Systems
Clayton Hauck .... additional production assistant
Jose Jaime .... assistant: Randall Emmett and George Furla
Judith Jecmen .... legal and business affairs
Bradley Kettlety .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Perry M. Kimura .... digital film scanning and recording
David Kreger .... chef assistant
Sara Nudelman .... office production assistant
Disha Patel-Webb .... production assistant (as Disha Patel)
Diane Perry .... on-set masseuse
John M. Pisani .... publicist
Martha Provenzano .... assistant: Mr. Form and Mr. Fuller
Katie Pruitt .... production assistant
B.J. Rayniak .... stand-in
James Reem .... first aid
Angelo Renardo .... car provider: old car
Robert Rizzolo .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Marco A. Rodriguez .... remote head technician
John J. Sahlberg .... security
Edgar Sandoval .... production insurance
Brian Chung-Hung Secrest .... security
Sandy Sfeir .... first assistant accountant
Jenny Siff .... production staff: additional photography
Michele Soefer .... assistant: Mr. Form and Mr. Fuller
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... executive producer: Company 3
Andy Spellman .... additional production assistant
Helen Stergiou .... payroll accountant
Laura Torrance .... studio teacher
Jeff Valeri .... production coordinator
Desiree Varni .... key production accountant
Max Votolato .... Assistant to Production Executive
Kenneth Yoder .... production assistant
Edward Albolote .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)
Graham Geraghty .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and drug use
90 min
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On the Bio program "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (2008), Melissa George confirmed the supernatural feelings she had on the set when the cameras were not rolling. Also during production, she along with the rest of the cast and crew learned that the real Kathy Lutz, whose story inspired the movie, had sadly passed away before shooting was finished.See more »
Continuity: When Kathy and the kids are getting down from the roof after being chased by George, we can see Billy, Chelsea and Kathy get to the stairs in that order, leaving only Michael still on the roof. In the next shot Kathy ask Chelsea to jump because she's on the roof again with Michael.See more »
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The House:Catch them! Kill them!
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Nothing New, But Hardly a Bad Picture, 3 January 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A year after the DeFeo family is slaughtered wholesale by a rifle-loving father, a new family -- the Lutzes -- move in. Soon, the family feels an eerie presence in the house and George Lutz (Ryan Reynolds) -- the new dad -- begins to change.

The movie overall is a respectable one. The mood is very nice, the New York Times rightfully called it "a modest improvement over the original", and I freely admit there were moments I was on edge thinking something nasty was going to come popping out, a feeling I very rarely have anymore after seeing so many "scary movies". So all in all they did something right. One scene in particular, where something is in the ceiling (I couldn't quite make it out) was creepy, and the dead girl in the window was unsettling. I also take a little pride knowing the film was shot in Wisconsin (in the towns of Salem and Silver Lake, near Kenosha).

Someone commented that this was very much a Ryan Reynolds fetish film, having him taking up almost all the scenes. More specifically, it's a Ryan Reynolds chopping wood fetish film. He is in 85% of the shots and in many of those he is chopping wood. And why is his shirt constantly off? Yes, I see those pecs and abs, Ryan... I know you were in that "Blade" movie... but come on, you were also in "Van Wilder"... you're not a threat.

Melissa George (Kathy Lutz) on the other hand did not take her shirt off enough, and when she did the camera was positioned in such convenient ways. Was this film PG-13? I don't believe it was, so why tease the audience like that? By the way, George's performance was the weakest of the entire cast, even the children. Some people have commented on how she is a TV actress, and I agree this might have something to do with it. (For a better Melissa George film, see "Triangle".)

Another reviewer complained that Kathy didn't remove her children fast enough when George began turning violent. I disagree. The family has been together a while, George has been nothing but loving and supportive (I mean, geez, he bought her a house). The whole film takes place in about a week, as far as I can tell. The man deserves a few days of blowing off steam.

What's the deal with the babysitter (Rachel Nichols)? She shows up looking like a prostitute and then talks seductively to a little boy. This was very confusing for me. I don't mind... and actually, I really liked her character, but it was still odd.

My friend warned me about the babysitter in the closet scene, which he said was the creepiest thing he saw since "In the Mouth of Madness". Well, I think ITMOM was John Carpenter's best film (even more than "The Thing", "They Live" and "Prince of Darkness") but it never scared me. The closet scene had me on edge -- but only because he had me convinced it was going to be awful. Really, the scene was nothing out of the ordinary. (You'll have to see for yourself what happens, maybe you'll be grossed out more than I was.)

There were many "Wicked Little Things" connections, which is a slam on WLT. If you read my review for that film, you'll see I complained about how unoriginal it was. After seeing "Amityville Horror", I can add so many more instances. Both films star Chloe Moretz (the Dakota Fanning of horror). Both have her with an "imaginary friend" that is a dead girl. Both inform their mothers they won't be hurt. Both carry disfigured dolls previously owned by the dead friend. So, um, for the guys who made "Wicked Little Things" -- if you were gonna rip off "Amityville Horror", why didn't you at least bother to get a new actress? The producers do say on the commentary that "she was amazing" and I appreciate that Chloe was singled out.

I didn't expect much from this one, hearing it was nothing special and many saying it was monotonous. Well, I liked it. I think it all went together very well, and they do a fine job of explaining the backstory, which is something many horror films fail miserably at. (I don't recall if the original explains it as well, but I'm willing to bet it doesn't). By remake standards, better than average. By movie standards, not bad. I stamp it with my seal of approval.

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