The Amityville Horror (2005) is an American drama mystery horror movie that is a remake of The Amityville Horror (1979) which was based on Jay Anson‘s novel of the same name. The novel documents the Lutz family and their experiences after they moved to a house on Long Island. The house that the Lutz family moved to was once a scene of a mass murder where Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six of his family members in 1974. Director Andrew Douglas (Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2003), U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2013), Miracle of Phil (2008)) did an okay/average job executing his second movie.
Ronald DeFeo, Jr. claimed that he heard voices that told him to murder his family in 1974 at their home in Amityville, New York, which he did. George (Ryan Reynolds - Green Lantern (2011), The Proposal (2009), Buried (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006)) and his wife Kathy Lutz moved to that very same house one year later with their three children. Kathy (Melissa George - Home and Away (1988), 30 Days of Night (2007), Triangle (2009)) and her family did not take long in their new home to experience paranormal activities. Their daughter Chelsea (Chloë Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass (2010), Hugo (2011), The Equalizer (2014), Kick-Ass 2 (2013)) said that she is friends with an imaginary girl named Jodie. Jodie is the name of one of the DeFeo children’s name that was murdered a year ago in that very same house. The Lutz coincidently hires the same babysitter the DeFeo hired to babysit their kids. Babysitter Lisa (Rachel Nichols - Star Trek (2009), Continuum (2012), Conan the Barbarian (2011), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)) informed Billy about the mass murder that occurred in their house.
Chelsea is not fond of Lisa and told her that Jodie said she is a bad babysitter and soon after Lisa scolded Jodie for getting her fired. Things took a turn when Lisa accepts a dare and is locked in the closet that Jodie was murdered in. Lisa is seen begging Jodie and shortly after, paramedics take her away to the hospital. Father Callaway (Philip Baker Hall - Bruce Almighty (2003), The Insider (1999), 50/50 (2011), Hard Eight (1996)) visits the Lutz home to bless it but flees after he encounters nightmarish occurrences. The household is not a warm, inviting house to live in anymore. George is now very abusive towards his family and Kathy thinks that George is possessed because a cult preacher/leader once lived in their home. Kathy fears for her family’s life and tries everything suggested to her to save her family from the paranormal activities happening in their house. She plans on escaping the house with her kids but will possess abusive George, who wants to kill them, let them get away?
I was disappointed upon seeing this movie because it strays away from the book and the original film. Events that transpired in the previous movie and novel were excluded from the film. The movie in my opinion does not portray the true story that I am familiar with. The movie was an okay watch, but viewers expectation will be higher because the title has the word “Amityville” in it. Viewers who are not familiar with the Amityville story most will enjoy this movie and probably would give it a seven or eight. The movie has potential, and the jumpscares are there, but it was different from what I expected. I gave this movie a five because it was a pretty decent entertaining watch that I might show guests. I, however, will not watch this movie again because it does not cut it for me. The actors did a great job with their roles, especially Ryan Reynolds. The camera work needs improvement because it was too up close at times, and the angles did not capture the movie the way it should. A better and or experienced director can make this movie into a scary jump out of your seat Halloween movie.
About The Amityville Horror - A New Generation (2005)
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds, Philip Baker Hall, Melissa George, Jesse James, Rachel Nichols, Rich Komenich, Marie Joelyn, Ryan Kross, Jimmy Bennett, Isabel Conner, Brendan Donaldson, Annabel Armour, David Gee, Danny McCarthy, Nancy Lollar, José Taitano, Dorian Kingi, Jenny Strubin, Lenore Thomas
Director: Andrew Douglas
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