Amityville Horror (1979)
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Starring Father Nuncio James Brolin John Larch Margot Kidder Natasha Ryan

In the 1970s, this supposedly true story of a family that move into a haunted Long Island house was a huge best-seller. Shows like "That's Incredible!" covered the mysterious goings on in the supposedly haunted house and the real-life family who co-wrote the non-fiction (yeah, right) book with Jay Anson became rich. Whether or not the house really was haunted, the story spawned one of the worst horror film franchises of all time, second only to the "Leprechaun" series in terms of overall lameness. The first film in the series also has the distinction of being one of the dullest big-budget horror flicks of the modern age. Sure, major Hollywood studios have cranked out major studio crap in the past—including "The Sentinel" and "Manitou."

But at least those films had enough gore, sex and campiness to hold one's interest. This film is as dull as a Julia Roberts movie. Kidder and Brolin play the new owners of the evil house where just a few years earlier a young man killed his entire family. Strange things start to happen and finally the family realizes that the house's basement is really a doorway to hell! Rod Steiger has a role as the town priest who comes to bless the house and finds himself overwhelmed by flies and a voice that says, "Get out!" In real life, the people who moved into the house after all these incidents really occurred said it wasn't haunted. They eventually moved out because they couldn't stand all the publicity. This film is weak, not nearly as scary as other haunted house flicks, including "Burnt Offerings" and "The Legend of Hell House," and is ultimately about as missable as you can get.

But the first sequel, "Amityville II: The Possession," was much better.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by Randy Hall on January 14, 2008
Great story and not bad for a 9 year old either


Posted by Bryan on May 15, 2008
The book was much better.


Posted by Flipsider on July 17, 2011
This has to be one of the lamest horror movie franchises. Out of all the Amityville Horrors, there's not a single good movie, not even the original. The book is also quite overrated and boring. If you see the word "Amityville" on something, just pass.


Posted by Neusa on July 11, 2013
I think most of the obvious plecas have all been used so much that well, they're obvious.Perhaps think about trying somewhere less obvious, even unexpected, like a busy place, perhaps a workplace, or a department store, busy centre of a town.I think this might be more unsettling to an audience because it shows that what they fear can be where they least expect and might strike when they think they are safe.How many times do we hear of real events happeneing in broad daylight when there were lots of people around and say how terrible and unbelievable it is that such a thing could happen?


Posted by Efrain on July 12, 2013
When I still lived at home with my parents all their smoke dercttoes were connected together. For whatever reason no one ever changed the batteries and when one battery died they would ALL beep. For years this went on till I moved out and even after I went back to visit they were still going. To this day I cannot stand the beep a smoke detector makes. I even had a nightmare once where I was living back in her house at 25 with my kids and husband and the dang things were beeping all the time. I woke up drenched in sweat at 2 in the morning to find mine was beeping. I got out the ladder and changed the battery right then. Maybe you should have let it keep beeping it may very well have saved one of your kids lives in the future because they've developed and aversion to the beeping noise.


Posted by Yudie on July 12, 2013
Try The Cellar' by Richard Laymon. If you like it, he has a sequel caelld The Beast House'You can also try some Dean Koontz books. They can be pretty creepy. And this isnt really a haunted house book, but it's really disturbing, and I cant' help but recommend it. "The Girl Next Door" by Jack Ketchum Good luck.References : http://cqpzclpvey.com [url=http://ghggyeky.com]ghggyeky[/url] [link=http://lfnovf.com]lfnovf[/link]


Posted by Alishakhan on July 14, 2013
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Posted by Musaveer on July 14, 2013
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