Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

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Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

     
 

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"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…  See more details below

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"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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Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
There is a nice house on a shady lane in the Long Island village of Amityville; and in the middle of the night in late 1974, a disturbed young man who lived there with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters went on a killing spree, shooting everyone in his family. Nasty stuff indeed. Soon after, Jay Anson moved in with his own family, and their one-month stay in the house became the experiential source for his bestselling book, The Amityville Horror, which in turn became the source of Stuart Rosenberg's over-the-top 1979 haunted house flick of the same name. James Brolin and Margot Kidder portray George and Kathy Lutz, a couple with three kids who move into a beautiful suburban home with a terrible legacy, perhaps presuming that the murder of the previous occupants has drained any bad karma from the house and oblivious to the possibility that there might be a portal to hell in its basement. Among the oddities the Lutzes immediately encounter are strange breezes, unpleasant odors, oozing goo, and demonic voices bidding them to leave. And when patriarch Brolin's personality inexplicably darkens, the family calls in a priest (Rod Steiger) to assess the unnerving situation. Amityville's preference for manipulative chills as opposed to flat-out shocks may seem dated to audiences raised on slasher flicks, but its disquieting imagery preys on genuine fears. (Plus, the actual house's creepy background is enough to make you think, maybe...) The movie spawned a number of sequels, including Amityville II: The Possession (1982) and TV's Amityville 2000, but the original remains the true spooker.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
UPC:
0018713040589
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Good Times Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Brolin George Lutz
Margot Kidder Kathleen Lutz
Rod Steiger Father Delaney
Don Stroud Father Bolen
Murray Hamilton Father Ryan
Natasha Ryan Amy
K.C. Martel Greg
Helen Shaver Carolyn
Meeno Peluce Matt
Michael Sacks Jeff
Val Avery Sgt. Gionfriddo
Amy Wright Jackie
John Larch Father Nuncio
Irene Dailey/Martin Donegan Aunt Helena
Marc Vahanian Jimmy
Elsa Raven Mrs. Townsend
Eddie Barth Agucci
Hank Garrett Bartender
James Tolkan Coroner
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
Michael Stearns Policeman

Technical Credits
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Samuel Z. Arkoff Executive Producer
Cynthia Bales Costumes/Costume Designer
William Cruse Special Effects
Elliott Geisinger Producer
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Dell Rheaume Special Effects
Robert Brown Editor
Ronald Saland Producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Sandor Stern Screenwriter
Kim Edgar Swados Art Director

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The Amityville Horror 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
''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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fact that this is a true story makes it much more cooler and scarier.
blckwngdragon More than 1 year ago
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.