The Amityville HorrorDirector: Stuart Rosenberg
"For God's sake, GET OUT!" was the ad campaign for the 1979 shocker The Amityville Horror. The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who move lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners. Variations of the Seven Deadly Plagues emanate from virtually every household fixture, while other forms of otherworldly mischief are suffered by the Lutz children. Enter kindly Father Delaney (Rod Steiger), who does his utmost to exorcise the house. The Amityville Horror was frequently greeted with laughs from its first-run audiences, especially after it was discovered that the "actual" events depicted in the film (based on a book by Jay Anson) were complete fabrications.
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Cast & Crew
|James Brolin||George Lutz|
|Margot Kidder||Kathleen Lutz|
|Rod Steiger||Father Delaney|
|Don Stroud||Father Bolen|
|Murray Hamilton||Father Ryan|
|Val Avery||Sgt. Gionfriddo|
|John Larch||Father Nuncio|
|Irene Dailey/Martin Donegan||Aunt Helena|
|Elsa Raven||Mrs. Townsend|
|Carmine Foresta||Cop at the House|
|Peter Maloney||Newspaper Clerk|
|Michael Hawkins||New York State Trooper|
|Richard Hughes||2nd New York State Trooper|
|Baxter Harris||Cop #2 at the House|
|Samuel Z. Arkoff||Executive Producer|
|Cynthia Bales||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William Cruse||Special Effects|
|Dell Rheaume||Special Effects|
|Lalo Schifrin||Score Composer|
|Kim Edgar Swados||Art Director|
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''The Amityville Horror'' will and alway's will remain as a horror classic for years to come. As soon as the Lutz family moves into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY, they were all aware of the murders that happened in their house the year before - but they weren't aware that thier house was haunted.
WHEN THE PREIST CAME TO BLESS AMITYVILLE MANOR HE WAS UMAWARE THAT HE WASN'T ALONE. WHEN HE WALKED INTO A ROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR THAT IS WHEN IT HAPPENED. THE DOOR OPENED ON ITS OWN. THEN A BLOODCURDLING VOICE SCREAMED GET OUT!! THIS IS A TRUE STORY OF A HAPPENING IN AMITTYVILLE, NEW YORK.
Well done and entertaining, although fictitious, account of demonic haunting! Enjoyed the subtle but deep-down chills and the foreboding atmosphere of this movie. Really enjoyed the all-out scares, like the glowing eyes outside of the second-story window and the loud, disembodied voice. The goo was a bit too much, though. Highly recommend to horror buffs.
Growing up near Amityville LI in the 70's, this movie really interesting for me. I even visited the house at 112 Ocean Ave, now 110 Ocean I believe. ( They changed the address and changed the cool windows on the top floor.) I visited there on Halloween 1980 and there were hundreds of kids and cops everywhere. Big attraction on Halloween. My grandparents lived down the road and said that in the early 70s it was already a noticable house having been painted black at the time. The ronnie DeFao murders in that house are actually true and you can look online at NY Newsday Nov. 13, 1974 and see the original articles.
The fact that this is a true story makes it much more cooler and scarier.
Like many movies made in the late 70's, the special effects aren't all that great. That being stated, it gives way to your own imagination of what lurks behind the corner. It's not seeing the monsters that really scares; it's not really knowing .... The plot gets a little watery in places and leaves the viewer still guessing at the end of it all. I would recommend it for anyone who is more about the suspense of a movie than the special effects.