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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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Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Sandor Stern (screenplay), Jay Anson (based on the book by)
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Cast

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
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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 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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The best-selling novel about a haunted house... has become real! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amityville Horror See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,843,467, 29 July 1979

Gross USA:

$86,432,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,432,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The outdoor scenes of the movie were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island, but rather Toms River, New Jersey. Local police and ambulance workers played extras. See more »

Goofs

When the bartender acts shocked at the resemblance of George to Ronald DeFeo, (the young man who killed his family in the house), he tells him that George is seated on the bar stool that DeFeo was sitting on, when he was arrested. Ronald DeFeo wasn't arrested in the bar, he was arrested in the police station, after he had confessed to the killings, after hours of interrogation. See more »

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[first lines]
Cop at the House: Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is based on the book "The Amityville Horror." Certain characters and events have been changed to heighten dramatic effect. See more »

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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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Who says the Lutz's don't throw wild parties?!
6 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Semi-classic thriller of the 70's, requires some patience from the audience but ultimately becomes a nicely moody film about America's most infamous haunted house.

Couple moves their family into a Long Island house, where the previous owners where murdered, and begins to believe that there are evil forces at work in the new home.

Based upon Jay Anson's novel, which itself is supposedly a true story, The Amityville Horror is a film that largely relies upon it's eerie, unsettling atmosphere to induce chills and it often works well. It also packs the occasional good shock. While some may see this films subtlety and occasional weirdness as a senseless plot, it really helps to create a rattling sense of dread. It plays out well, building tension slowly to a climatic finale and a open conclusion that leaves a great sense of mystery. Kudos also go to a wonderfully chilling musical score.

The cast is fairly good, stars Brolin and Kidder are in top-form.

While it may be bashed by many critics, The Amityville Horror has remained one of the 70's better horror oddities, and has become a cult classic for good reason.

*** out of ****


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