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The Amityville Haunting (2011)

Not Rated | | Horror | Video 13 December 2011
This movie is a 'found-footage' film about the Benson family who move in to the infamous house where the DeFeo family were murdered in the 1970s over 30 years earlier. Things start ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Jason Williams ... Douglas Benson
Amy Van Horne Amy Van Horne ... Virginia Benson
Devin Clark Devin Clark ... Tyler Benson
Nadine Crocker ... Lori Benson
Gracie Largent Gracie Largent ... Melanie Benson
Luke Barnett Luke Barnett ... Ronald J. Defeo Jr. / The Ghost
Tyler Shamy Tyler Shamy ... Greg
Kristen Hager Meed Kristen Hager Meed ... Kristen
Jon Kondelik ... Brett
Alex Rzechowicz Alex Rzechowicz ... Donny Reddit
Mary LeGault ... Ivey
Piper Kennedy Piper Kennedy ... Bri
Casey Campbell Casey Campbell ... Detective
Jon Gale ... Officer Nathen
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This movie is a 'found-footage' film about the Benson family who move in to the infamous house where the DeFeo family were murdered in the 1970s over 30 years earlier. Things start happening to anyone who visits this house, and whoever lives there. This is the footage retrieved from the camera. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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The family did not survive... but the recordings did. See more »

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English

Release Date:

13 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Amityville Haunting See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Amateur-ville Haunting Cameras
23 December 2011 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Actual found footage that documents the horrifying experience of a family that moved into the infamous Amityville haunted house.

Opening with words in "1974" blah, blah "Defoe murdered his family", blah,"Lutz" blah, "32 years later", blah blah "what you're about to see is real". Then an aeroplane blonde graces the screen under torch light. After quick bloody death, your taken to the POV of a budding mini Steven Spielberg as he films his family.

It's indicative of Paranormal Activity and the recent Grave Encounters found footage films. With security camera's installed it's all be done and at one point it becomes a found footage within a found footage film.

Both female leads are effective enough, it's not an awful film, the acting is at times naturalistic but the issue is that this style of horror has already been done and done better with more imagination. Every line is a cliché , opening doors, accidental deaths, the wife that doesn't want to live in the house, no one believes the children, spook- less dark images, moving objects and so on.

At the midway mark as the 'boyfriend' vanishes and the police turn up you can help roll your eyes as the acting and script take a turn for the worse. The son becomes annoying due to the unnecessary explanatory dialogue and the father goes laughable loopy as he goes head to head with the entity. There are a few moments in the closing scenes where director Geoff Meed slightly redeems the film but it's too little too late.

The problem with The Amityville Haunting is that it perpetrates to be real and pushes the fact right to the end but nothing feels credible. The sound design is pretty effective if somewhat miss-placed missing the mark at times.

Overall, less effective than the Paranormal Activity series, clearly not much has improved since The Blair Witch Project.


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