Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

3.8 18
Director: Andrew Douglas

Cast: Andrew Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James

     
 

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One of the most celebrated horror films of the late '70s is given a new look in this remake, produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay. George and Kathy Lutz (Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) are a young couple who are looking for a new home, and think they've found a dream house in Amityville, Long Island -- a large and beautiful home available at a bargain

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One of the most celebrated horror films of the late '70s is given a new look in this remake, produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay. George and Kathy Lutz (Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) are a young couple who are looking for a new home, and think they've found a dream house in Amityville, Long Island -- a large and beautiful home available at a bargain price. George thinks that there must be a catch, and learns that the house has a dark history -- a year before, a man living in the house murdered his family in their sleep, claiming he was commanded to commit the crime by demons. Shrugging off stories that the house is haunted, George and Kathy move in with their three kids, only to discover that something evil lurks within the house, and even Father McNamara (Philip Baker Hall), an expert on possession, is powerless to clear the dark spirits from the home. The Amityville Horror was based on the same book by Jay Anson that provided the basis for the 1979 film, which in turn documented an actual incident.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0883904126249
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Reynolds George Lutz
Melissa George Kathy Lutz
Jesse James Billy
Jimmy Bennett Chris Lutz
Chloe Moretz Chelsea
Rachel Nocholas Lisa
Philip Baker Hall Father Callaway
Isabel Conner Jodie Defeo
Brendan Donaldson Ronald Defeo
Annabel Armour Realtor
Rich Komenich Chief Of Police
David Michael Gee ER Doctor
Danny McCarthy Officer Greguski
Nancy Lollar Librarian
Jose Taitano Snitch
Rachel Nichols Actor

Technical Credits
Andrew Douglas Director
Roger Barton Editor
Michael Bay Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Matthew Cohan Associate Producer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
David Crockett Executive Producer
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Ted Field Executive Producer
Lisa Fields Casting
Andrew Form Producer
Brad Fuller Producer
Stephanie Gilliam Set Decoration/Design
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Scott Kosar Screenwriter
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Craig Pinckes Asst. Director
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Marco Rubeo Art Director
Stefan Sonnenfeld Associate Producer
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Wagner Editor
Christian Wagner Editor
Jennifer Williams Production Designer

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The Amityville Horror 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just the name of this film constitutes a long sigh - 'How many times are they going to make this hokey story into yet another film?' And yet the current team of director Andrew Douglas, screenwriter Scott Kosar (based on Jay Anson's novel) and a cast of fresh faces to the genre carry off this much told tale with vigor and a good dollop of tension. For starters the film opens with the re-enactment of the 'actual crime'. Apparently in 1974 Ronald DeFeo (here Brendan Donaldson) murdered his parents and siblings in a terrific old house in Amityville, NY. One year later the Lutz family discovers their dream house and buys it outright, opening their next 28 days to visions of ghosts, terror, demons, hallucinations and pathological changes among themselves until they finally flee the haunted house. From the start we know that contractor George Lutz - Ryan Reynolds - (the new husband of Kathy) - Melissa George - has problems establishing himself as the 'stepfather' to reluctant children Billy (Jesse James), Michael (Jimmy Bennett) and Chelsea (Chloë Grace Moretz). Once the family is ensconced in the house Chelsea begins to play with the ghost of Jodie DeFeo (Isabel Conner) and George's personality changes as a result of the house's curse. It all comes down to terror in the requisite thunder, lightning and rain of all horror films until the family hits crisis state and leaves the house behind. The ghost effects are well done and the cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister and the musical score by Steve Jablonsky create a dark, ominous atmosphere. But the real reason to watch this little thriller is the work of Ryan Reynolds as George, released from his usual silly potty mouth roles in teenie films to show that he indeed can act, and keep his own brand of edgy humor intact - and that is no slight feat. Fortunately he is given the opportunity to display his extraordinarily hunky physique throughout the film, reason enough to see the movie! Melissa George is likewise excellent as the tortured mother and is a perfect foil for Reynolds. Not a great film, but certainly one that exceeds expectations set by previous forays into this overused story. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was surprisingly very good. Overall, it isn't really that scary but it's really fun to sit and watch because of the all the action and suspense. I thought the remake was a lot better than the original. This is my second favorite remake of a horror film, next to the texas chainsaw massacre remake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was far better than the original 1979 version with Margot Kidder and James Brolin but there's only one gripe that I have--the original theme music from the older version should've have been employed to tie the 2 together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never seen the origional,but I know about the real story. I really liked this version,I liked how the filiming looked faded and aged as something would from nearly 30 years ago,but still everything was shar and not at bit cheap at ALL! And I'm so impressed by Ryan Reynolds' acting!I thought he'd be cheap and unconvincing,but whoa!was I wrong!He's so believeable,and fits so well with his charactor,oh so well. Sure he's a little too buff for the time era,but hey,I'm not complaining.Melissa George was okay,but that's because I never knew of her before I saw this movie. I think my favorite part is the two bathroom scenes,man they scared me,I don't like bathrooms as it is.But yeah,otherwise I love every minute. I think the old version should be destroyed,LOL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As is the case with all horror remakes, I came to this one very skeptically, imagining that like many twenty-first century scary flicks, this would cling heavily to affected digital imagery to compensate for mediocre acting or a poorly crafted plot. My skepticism was certainly unjustified here: the film is remarkably fresh for a ghost story, using a fascinating history for the house to keep the movie from slipping into the insipid group of poltergeist films. Although unoriginal in that it borrowed this plot mold from The Shining, The Amityville Horror creates a menacing image for the house and its ghostly inhabitants by drawing the male head of the family into a spiral of disturbance and insanity. I believe that in drawing influence from Stephen King's expert storytelling, the film was able to rest securely on a solid plot blueprint, which it did well, padding out The Shining's premise with a morbid history and individual turmoil. On that note, however, I must note that the film's use of the child-who-can-see-the-ghosts-but-no-one-believes-him/her as a stock character made the film slightly tiresome at times (this should not suggest that it detracts from the film holistically though). With regard to the film's artistic features, I am impressed with the direction and editing, for I believe the filmmakers touched upon a scare technique that many others miss. While any good makeup artist can create an effective monster, it is only the wise director who knows that flashing a camera shot on a disturbing image -- rather than focusing for an extended time -- achieves the most successful effect on the audience. Only a director who understands the psychology of an audience knows that the time spent focusing on a scary image varies inversely with its effectiveness. The director of this film clearly understood this point. In summary: very well-crafted set (!), excellent camera work, good plot (if slightly derivative), wonderful visual effects, impressive acting (effective for a horror film), holistically a very strong film. I highly recommend it (beware of R-rating though -- some images are very disturbing!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie so much. It was actually pretty scary unlike horror movies today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is about a happy couple moving into a Long Island house that is home to grisly murders. Discovering that a supernatural force is dwelling in there home, they must unlock a terrifying secret. A good movie with some bad acting, but overall suspenseful and frightening. B-
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie remake was pretty good. Even though I saw the original movie and knew what was coming, I did jump out of my seat a few times for it also put a chill up my spin. In 1974 the house is sold to George (Ryan Reynolds) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George) for a cheap price. They ask why so cheap, and they were told that the DeFeo family was murdered in the house. George tells his wife that houses don't kill, people do. So they move in with their three children and start a new life. Unfortunately, their dream house becomes a nightmare. George begins to hear voices and the process starts all over again. The longer they are in the house, the worse it gets, and everything comes to a climax on the 28th day. There were several scary scenes that were excellent "The Amityville Horror" delivers just that, fast pacing and some pretty effective jumps by using some cheap shock effects. Since this is a remake it is forgivable that it doesn't come up with anything remotely new or original. There's the ever so familiar haunted house, Dad losing his mind, heads shaking à la Jacob's Ladder, weird shadows moving fast and making insect sounds and the more than overused spooky little girl (really, having such a kid in another horror movie is idiotic and didn't even make much sense in this particular movie). Still, all that makes for an uneasy atmosphere and there's one scene in the bathroom that's set up gloriously, toying cleverly with a classic childhood fear (going to the toilet in the middle of the night in a dark and spooky house). Another great scene is the one with the babysitter in the closet then soon encounters with the ghost. The director, Andrew Douglas, did a good job by showing little differences in George's attitude and demeanor once he was out of the house. Ryan Reynolds also did a good job of portraying this to the viewers. He has come a long way. Melissa George could also leave her mark in Hollywood if the right roles come along for her. I was pretty impressed by her performance almost as much as Ryan's. While not the best of its genre, “The Amityville Horror” has it's place amongst horror movies. It is worth seeing, as you can do much worse if you do not do your homework.
loveAlyssaMonique More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome, I have always loved the plot to this movie especially that it is based on a true story. That definitly makes the movie that much better. Ryan Renolds is amazing, especially his abs in this movie :-p
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
After having watched this for the first time, I was a little wigged out. A good horror movie indeed, but that it's actually based off supposedly real events, it's a very chilling thought! I am a Christian folks, but that does not mean that I don't believe in the existence of spirits, and I know for a fact that there has been documented cases of possession, and so with that in mind and having watched this movie, this among few others actually kinda freaked me out. A house with a past and haunted by a crazy, malevolent spirit intent on possessing individuals and driving them to try and do crazy & evil things...that's pretty freaky in my book, espcially, like I said before, that it's based on supposedly real events. Crazy! I myself am not worried about demon possession, but that doesn't mean that it can't happen within the world, for we do live in a world owned by Satan. I for one chose to live under the grace and protection of Jesus Christ. Anyway, sorry...not trying to be preachy. Anyway though, this is a pretty good, chilling movie. If you like a good haunting & chilling movie, especially one that's based off actual events, then I would suggest giving this one a shot.
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