Thursday, October 9, 2008

31 Days of Horror: The Amityville Horror

October 9, 2008: The Amityville Horror
Alright I like this movie, because I was young when I saw it and I personally think it still stands up for a good quick chill for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
The movie is based on the true events that happened to the Lutz family back in the year 1975.
The movie begins with George (James Brolin) and Kathleen Lutz (Margot Kidder) and their children moving into the Dutch Colonial at 112 Ocean Ave. in Amityville, N.Y.
Yet, 13 months before the Lutz moved in Ronald DeFeo Jr. had shot and killed all six of his family members in the house.
The real story goes that after 28 days of living in the house, the Lutz family fled in fear. They claimed they were being terrorized by paranormal activity.
The movie covers those 28 days and we slowly see George Lutz turning on his family and being tormented by the entity that drove Ronald DeFeo Jr. to kill.
I did a lot of reading on these murders and this specific haunting and a lot of the stories don’t add up, which to me makes the movie and book more a work of fiction then anything.
Yes, DeFeo killed his family and that’s terrible, but he had multiple stories before telling the one about being possessed.
The movie itself is entertaining even though they might have stretched out some of the facts. If you haven’t seen the movie before I suggest you watch this one, because I think it’s one of the best horror movies about a haunted house.
The remake is also entertaining, not a good movie, but still one that’s a fun time.
The scene that really makes the movie for me in the orginal 1979 version is the opening credits with eerie music playing and the camera just being fixed on the outside of the house.

1 comment:

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