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The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | | Horror | 27 July 1979 (USA)
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Newlyweds and their three kids move into a large house where a mass murder was committed. They start to experience strange, inexplicable manifestations which have strong effects on everyone living or visiting the house.


Stuart Rosenberg


Sandor Stern (screenplay), Jay Anson (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brolin ... George Lutz
Margot Kidder ... Kathy Lutz
Rod Steiger ... Father Delaney
Don Stroud ... Father Bolen
Murray Hamilton ... Father Ryan
John Larch ... Father Nuncio
Natasha Ryan ... Amy
K.C. Martel ... Greg
Meeno Peluce ... Matt
Michael Sacks ... Jeff
Helen Shaver ... Carolyn
Amy Wright ... Jackie
Val Avery ... Sgt. Gionfriddo
Irene Dailey ... Aunt Helena
Marc Vahanian ... Jimmy


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 satanic forces 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 forces are planning to possess George and then the children. Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Did You Know?


James Brolin plays George Lutz and is the father of Josh Brolin. Josh Brolin played Cable in Deadpool 2 (2018) which stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role. In 2005, Reynolds played George Lutz in the remake of The Amityville Horror (2005), the character originally played by his Deadpool 2 co-star's father. See more »


(at around 58 mins) When Jeff arrives at the house, he is driving a Jeep Cherokee with square headlights. The headlights on Jeep Cherokees were round until 1979/1980, therefore this type of vehicle could not have been available in 1975, when the story is set. See more »


[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 »

Alternate Versions

Original German version was cut by ca. 17 minutes. The 2005 DVD release contains the complete film but with a new dubbing. See more »


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Somewhat overblown and overrated effort
1 October 2015 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

After moving into a new house together, a woman grows increasingly concerned about her husband's new behavior around and comes to believe their new house is haunted forcing her to find a way of stopping it from continuing.

On the whole this is one of the more overrated efforts in the genre. There's not a whole lot here that works, and nearly all of that is tied in with the different supernatural antics on display which are only mildly suspenseful and thrilling. As the most notorious scene here for a reason, the encounter in the room with the flies manages to work incredibly well as the progressing swarm around his face and the louder buzzing get great suspense built up within here which naturally sets up the booming evil whispers which really comes off as creepy and chilling as possible. Elsewhere, other scenes here that come of nicely are all in the finale, from the howling voices and demented workload trying to get out of the basement as the growing pit and spackled wall coming down are off-set with the realization of the creepy back-story and the action to get away which is pretty much all that works here, along with the overall look and appearance of the house for the film's positives. There's a few flaws here that makes this one very troubling, most of which is tied in the film's insistence that his activities are chilling when they're really not. From his constant complaining about being cold, to constantly chopping firewood, snapping angrily at her, the kids, family or anyone around him and turning everything around him into the biggest deal doesn't come off as scary despite being set-up as the main scares here, as well as being boring and quite unimpressive at building an interesting story. This carries into the rest of the scare attempts here which are just as bland and boring by focusing on utterly non- threatening scare attempts as everyone here claims something's off about the house but nothing is done to ensure that these are creepy since everyone simply mentions something but is never paid off. Others are brought up and simply ignored, which makes them questionable inclusions as well, all furthering the fact that there's absolutely nothing that should keep the family in the house as long as what happens here and should've forced them out sooner regardless of how effective they are as scares. These here are what hold this down.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity, a long but very mild sex scene, and Adult Language.

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Release Date:

27 July 1979 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,843,467, 29 July 1979

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1.85 : 1
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