Amityville Horror, The (1979) Movie Review

Amityville Horror, The (1979)

1979 | Horror, Drama
117 minutes /

User Score: 52/100

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Amityville Horror, The Review


Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

A young man, Ronald DeFeo, ruthlessly murders his entire family with a shotgun one evening for no apparent reason. The detectives that arrive to try and make sense of the crime place the time of death at approximately 3:15 AM. Thus begins the Amityville Horror.

Suddenly it is a year later, and a newly married young couple, the Lutz’s, are shown the house and instantly fall in love with it. They buy it and move in immediately with Kathy’s three children, eager to begin their new life together. But no sooner have they started unpacking their boxes then strange things start to happen. Things that soon can no longer be explained by natural causes.

Strange breezes and offensive odors occur and then cease as suddenly as they began. A priest called in to bless the house hears inhuman voices ordering him to "GET OUT!" The father, George Lutz, becomes irritable and is plagued by a strange coldness that will not go away, though he sits by the fireplace day in and day out. The family receives frightening phone calls, and visitors to their front door that suddenly disappear. And their young daughter, Amy, begins to converse with an invisible friend whom she will only identify as "Jody", and who seems to be able to make bad things happen to anyone who makes Amy angry. These events build up to a conclusion so terrifying that it will, even after years of repeated viewing, still frighten any seasoned horror fan.

A very good movie. Except for the very beginning, it has no body count, yet still, scares the heaven out of you and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Kathy is just beautiful, and you see parts of her breast, o yes. A priest goes blind and probably lost his faith cause the church is dumb as ****, and tons of other stuff. I don’t know about anybody else, but George looked like a werewolf through most the movie. I don’t know. I just couldn’t get that out of my head. Ok, I’ll shut up, Rent the film.

About Amityville Horror, The (1979)

Title: Amityville Horror, The
AKA: The Amityville Horror
Year: 1979
Runtime: 117 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.6/5 stars from 21 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 21
Starring: Baxter Harris, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, James Tolkan, Helen Shaver, Murray Hamilton, Hank Garrett, Natasha Ryan, James Dukas, Elsa Raven, Peter Maloney, Eddie Barth, Carmine Foresta, James Brolin, Charlie Welch, J.R. Miller, Don Stroud, Patty Burtt, John Larch, Michael Hawkins, Richard Hughes, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Stearns, Michael Sacks, Jack Krupnick, Amy Wright, Val Avery, Irene Dailey, Marc Vahanian
Writers: Sandor Stern, Jay Anson, George Lutz, Kathy Lutz
Director: Stuart Rosenberg

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