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The Amityville Horror (2005)

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Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Brendan Donaldson ... Ronald Defeo
Annabel Armour ... Realtor
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Chief of Police
David Gee David Gee ... ER Doctor
Danny McCarthy ... Officer Greguski
Nancy Lollar Nancy Lollar ... Librarian
José Taitano ... Stitch
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Storyline

In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their three children move into an elegant Long Island house. What they don't know is that the house was the site of a horrific mass murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and attempt to keep the horror in the past, but are now haunted by a murderous presence. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What follows is 28 days of sheer, unbridled terror for the family with demonic visions of the dead. Based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz, The Amityville Horror remains one of the most horrifying haunted house stories ever told - because it actually happened. Written by Film_Fan

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What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained. See more »


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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror en Amityville See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,507,007, 17 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,233,369

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,813,762
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2.35 : 1
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Ryan Reynolds wore special contact lenses in many scenes to make his eyes seem black with just a white ring around them. See more »

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(at around 19 mins) In the bedroom when we first see Jodie in the rocking chair, Chelsea places her index finger over her lips, indicating she is whispering to her new friend Jodie. In the next shot, she puts her finger back down to her lap, but then we see her finger back on her lips and places them down a second time. See more »

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On the fence
16 April 2005 | by brent_hankinsSee all my reviews

If you completely ignore anything and everything that has to do with the Amityville stories, then this is a pretty decent horror flick. Ryan Reynolds turns in a very effective performance, reminiscent of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." By the end of the flick, i was scared of the dude. The rest of the cast was solid, as well. Lots of scares throughout the film, but a little too much of the "MTV style" editing, especially in the last fifteen minutes or so. But all in all, a decent effort, just like i said.

HOWEVER.

If you're going into this expecting any resemblance WHATSOEVER to the book, the original film, or any of the stories told over the years, you're going to be severely disappointed. The filmmakers have pretty much left out the events that transpired in the novel and the previous film, and instead they take an extreme amount of liberty with the story and turn it into a series of stylized Hollywood scare tactics. Don't get me wrong, this is still effective, but if you're going to release a movie and promote it as "Based on the True Story" then you might wanna make sure that the movie at least RESEMBLES the original story.

In fact, George Lutz is currently in litigation with MGM films over the content of the movie, claiming that it shows his family in a potentially damaging light. When you see the flick, you'll understand why he's upset. I can't fault the guy.

If they had left the Amityville name off of this one and just released it as some generic haunted house movie, then i wouldn't have so many issues with it. But to even associate it with anything Amityville-related just seems wrong to me, because they have completely screwed it up. I would still recommend the film, and just caution potential viewers to forget everything you've ever seen or heard about Amityville. Otherwise you'll walk out of that theater just as annoyed as i was.


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