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Writers (WGA):
Scott Kosar (screenplay)
Jay Anson (novel)
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15 April 2005 (USA) See more »
What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained. See more »
A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder. 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)
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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
Matt McKinney .... art department production assistant
James P. Meehan .... assistant property master
Mike Monckton .... painter
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
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 J. Broomberg .... foley artist
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 A. Schlosser .... assistant: Steve Jablonsky
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 .... compositor
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-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
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)
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
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer
Pieter A. Schlosser .... technical score advisor
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
Greg Vines .... assistant engineer
Booker White .... music preparation
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
Brady Breen .... location manager
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
Carrie Goodman .... location scout
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
Rosa Yang Kato .... assistant location manager (as Rosa Yang Kato)
Bradley Kettlety .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Perry M. Kimura .... digital film scanning and recording
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
James Reem .... first aid
Angelo Renardo .... car provider: old car
Robert Rizzolo .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Marco A. Rodriguez .... remote head technician
Maria C. Roxas .... location scout
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
Kenneth Yoder .... production assistant
Edward Albolote .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)
Graham Geraghty .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)
Jeff Morris .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and drug use
90 min
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Anachronisms: No North American house built in the 1600s would have a basement, even less one as tall as shown in this film. It would more likely have a root cellar and not one that extended the full footprint of the house.See more »
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64 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Take it from me -- root for the ghosts, 21 April 2005
Author: filmbuff-36 from Houston, TX

In terms of cinematic legacy, the original "The Amityville Horror" managed to foreshadow both "The Shining" and "Poltergeist" while swiping a few nods from "The Exorcist." But time has not been kind to the hit 1979 horror film, once considered spooky but now considered at best a camp classic.

The remake opens in the late 1970s, with George Lutz (Ryan Reynolds) and his new wife Kathy (Melissa George) getting what appears to be the deal of a lifetime. A colonial era Long Island home that is within their price range has just come up for sale, and the two decide the place would be perfect to raise their children, all from Kathy's previous marriage.

Little do they know that the house comes with loads of supernatural baggage. The previous owner had killed his entire family within 28 days of moving in, claiming there was a demonic presence in the home that drove him to do so. It's not long before strange things start to happen with the new family as well.

Chelsea (Chloë Grace Moretz) starts seeing the ghost of the previous little girl who occupied the house, Billy (Jesse James) and Michael (Jimmy Bennett) see supernatural activity while also being blamed for the trouble it causes, and George begins to go mad, taking increasingly drastic steps to maintain order and discipline the children. It's not long before Kathy begins to suspect that all is not right in their quaint little home.

"The Amityville Horror" is such a mediocre film, you can't help but wonder what was once considered so shocking about the original story. In truth, with all the negative reviews the original movie received, it's obvious that that film (and its numerous sequels) is merely famous for being famous. The thing that most people seem to remember is the front of the house itself, which actually is scary looking. It's just a shame there's never been a horror movie filmed in the house to do its spooky appearance justice.

The other thing to note is that the remake still claims to be based on a true story, which is partially true. The real life Lutz's account was eventually proved to be a hoax to cover up the fact that the family couldn't pay their mortgage, but not before the family made millions on everything from talk show appearances to the movie rights.

The movie never really lets you into the horror that is occurring, and director Andrew Douglas does a very workman-like job directing the story, never really doing anything to interest us in the characters or situation. Special effects run amok, like walls that ooze blood and jack-in-the-box scares like decomposing ghosts jumping out at you, but it's all for naught. The movie can only scream "boo!" at you so many times before you start booing back.

Acting-wise, the movie is decent but not terribly inspired. Just like Jack Nicholson in "The Shining," Reynolds seems to lose his sanity just a tad too early for the rest of the story to be believable. As Kathy, George manages to be the emotional anchor holding the film together and does a good job, however her character puts up with far too much stress before she finally acts. The child actors all do okay, but they merely exist to be put in danger.

So, what was the purpose of remaking a horror movie that hasn't aged very well over the last quarter of a century? The main reason I can think of is the house itself, which still manages to scare people. Other than that, there's a big market for remaking classic horror films right now, though hardly any of been able to justify their own existence, including last year's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," also produced and written by the same team behind this film. "The Amityville Horror" is likely to join that undistinguished canon, ultimately being a horror movie about a group of people too dumb to leave a house just because the script requires them to stay. It's movies like this that make you want to root for the ghosts.

5 out of 10 stars. It's hard to feel sympathetic for characters in a movie who have to stay in a stupid situation just because the script says so.

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