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The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | | Horror | 27 July 1979 (USA)
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Lutz
... Kathy Lutz
... Father Delaney
... Father Bolen
... Father Ryan
... Father Nuncio
... Amy
... Greg
... Matt
... Jeff
... Carolyn
... Jackie
... Sgt. Gionfriddo
... Aunt Helena
... Jimmy
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Storyline

Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children... Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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From the bestseller that made millions believe in the unbelievable. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,843,467, 29 July 1979, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,432,520
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Trivia

James Brolin said he didn't get a job for two years after doing this movie because of the cruelty of his character: however, he starred in Night of the Juggler (1980) a year later, High Risk (1981) the year after that and two made-for-TV movies in 1982. See more »

Goofs

After the front and basement doors are destroyed and George is showing the detective the damage, Kathy is seen on the steps looking at her wedding ring and she puts it back on her finger. When George and the detective come up from the basement, she is putting her ring on again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cop at the House: Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
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This motion picture is based on the book "The Amityville Horror." Certain characters and events have been changed to heighten dramatic effect. See more »

Connections

Featured in TCM Underground: The Amityville Horror (2009) See more »

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Blue Moon
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Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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Dated but great!
17 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

True, the special effects aren't so special these days. True, the girl with the braces brings tears of laughter rather than terror. But nonetheless, this movie remains a creepy gem from my young days... Everyone misses the point that the real 'star' of the movie is the house! The building is both attractive and sinister - truly gothic in the importance of the setting. Whether the story is true or not, if you want a movie to snuggle on the couch in the dark, eating popcorn, feeling the thrill of a ghost story scare, this is one for you...


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