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The Amityville Horror (1979)

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"For God's sake, GET OUT!" was the ad campaign for the 1979 shocker The Amityville Horror. The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who move lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners. Variations of the Seven Deadly Plagues emanate from virtually every household fixture, while other forms of otherworldly mischief are suffered by the Lutz children. Enter kindly Father Delaney (Rod

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Aug 14, 2001

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A pack of flies swarm all over Father Delaney -- then again, given Rod Steiger's howling performance as the priest, it could just be that the flies like reeking ham.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It was popular at the box-office, but was unremarkable as a horror film

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
EmanuelLevy.Com

An astonishing number of fumbled frissons

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It once seemed creepy, but time has made it seem pretty contrived.

December 19, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A middling horror entry from 1979 that's a masterpiece when compared to the dreadful 2005 remake.

August 31, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Yeah, it's not good.

July 8, 2005 | Comments (5)

Moronic.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

worst of all is the gore, of which there really isn't any... that rare horror film that has a body count of zero

March 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...certainly looks a whole lot better when compared to its sequels.

March 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All hype, no substance.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Dated by todays standards, but still some effectively creepy moments.

March 20, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

It made HOW much?!

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Dry, dumb and periodically somewhat dull ... but still packs enough of a haunted house whallop to warrant a skeptical visit.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

really more about the deep-seated, primal fear of family members inflicting violence on each other than it is about ghosts and demonic spirits.

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Strange and weird, yes. Scary, no.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

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July 1, 2013
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The Amityville Horror is really the perfect horror film for the horror rookie. I found the film pretty scary, but not too scary. It's not Exorcist scary. The film is pure old school shocks, and the film relies on atmosphere to create its terrifying pacing. The film is slow, but is necessary in establishing effective scares. Based on the "real" life story of how George and Kathleen Lutz bought a haunted house where a member of the previous family murdered his entire family, The Amityville Horror is yes a haunted house film. However the Lutz ordeal is of course bullshit and was conjured up to make a quick buck on the tragic murder that happened in that house. Anyhow, the new family moves in and strange things start to happen. The husband for one acts stranger, and becomes more violent. There are also other weird happening such an ordeal involving a babysitter where she is locked into the closet and is scared to death and that she can't get out. The Amityville Horror is a good haunted house film, but it's far from the best. For my money The Changeling with George C. Scott is a far more superior film. The Amityville Horror is terrifying, but when you read about the real happenings, it definitely makes it less scary. But for what it's worth, this is a film that people that are new to horror should check out. The film has about the right amount of scares to makes this film a not so unpleasant viewing experience to the horror beginner. The Amityville Horror definitely relies on its atmosphere to create the horror and eerie tone of the film. It works in some ways and in others it doesn't. But it does offer some decent enough entertainment, and decent enough scares. A good enough film for seasoned Horror buffs even if it doesn't have that many terrifying moments that one would expect from a film like this. If you want the most terrifying haunted house film, watch The Changeling. But if you want a film with enough decent scares to scare, but not in an Exorcist sort of way, then The Amityville Horror would be a good pick. A good film, even if it's not truly classic, it sure as hell doesn't feel like it.
December 16, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An incredibly dull horror movie that is nothing but a badly concocted series of bizarre events with no relation between one another. It goes for the cheap scares but is hardly ever scary, the characters are very poorly developed and the plot is illogical.
November 1, 2011
blacksheepboy

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A great modern version of a haunted house story, it's got a lot of really creepy scenes. I liked it.
January 7, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Kathleen Lutz: You don't have to prove me anything...
    – Submitted by Pedro S (23 months ago)
    1. Aunt Helena: Beurgggghhhhhhhhhhachhhh! [nun puking]
    – Submitted by Paul H (23 months ago)
    1. George Lutz: What do you want from us? God damn it, this is MY HOUSE!
    – Submitted by Eytan D (2 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Lutz: (to George) Don't hurt my babies!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Lutz: What's going on? Have you all gone mad? George!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Kathleen Lutz: (sobs) Why is it all going wrong? We have to do something.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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