Amityville Horror, The (1979) Movie Review

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Amityville Horror, The (1979)

1979 | R | Horror, Drama
117 minutes / 1h 57min

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Amityville Horror, The Plot Synopsis:

Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But satanic forces in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the forces are planning to possess George and then the children.

Amityville Horror, The (1979) Review

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.

  • Amityville Horror, The Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 5.42
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • MetaCritic: 2.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.1

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: 2.71/5 stars from 31,571 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 31,571
MPAA Rating: R
Amityville Horror, The Cast Starring: Margot Kidder, Baxter Harris, James Tolkan, Helen Shaver, Murray Hamilton, Rod Steiger, Elsa Raven, Peter Maloney, Hank Garrett, Natasha Ryan, James Dukas, Val Avery, Irene Dailey, Marc Vahanian, Ellen Saland, Eddie Barth, Carmine Foresta, Charlie Welch, James Brolin, J.R. Miller, Patty Burtt, Don Stroud, Michael Hawkins, John Larch, Richard Hughes, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Stearns, Michael Sacks, Jack Krupnick
Amityville Horror, The Writers: Sandor Stern, Jay Anson, George Lutz
Amityville Horror, The Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Production: American International Picture
Language: English
Country: USA