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The Amityville Horror (2005)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 29

A so-so remake of a so-so original.



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Based on an account from a Long Island man, a tale that centers on George and Kathy Lutz, a newly married couple with three children, who move into their stately, beautiful new house in Amityville, NY --only to discover that the house already has demonic inhabitants. Unbeknownst to the couple, a multiple murder took place at their house, many years prior.



Sandor Stern, Scott Kosar

Oct 4, 2005


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The problem with The Amityville Horror is that, in a very real sense, there's nothing there.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (4)
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A few lines get laughs, but the horror is standard fare, without a shred of innovation.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Never buy a house with a basement, and while you're at it, avoid old Dutch Colonials in which the previous occupants were murdered by an eldest son possessed by demons.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Nothing gets in the way of the rote staging, the ham-handed predictability, the feeling that you've been to this house, and yawned at these ghosts, once too often.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The Amityville Horror is a Xerox so tattered and faded that it's impossible to determine who's to blame for the overproduced mediocrity before our eyes.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You'll want to get out of Amityville long before the Lutzes do.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A remake of the 1979 film, The Amityville Horror tries for a clasic sense of creeping suspense, but is sadly inept.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

A really bad remake, for a bad movie...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This is a slightly better-than-expected remake of the 1979 film of the same name.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

Less frightening than just unpleasant.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Against the odds, the remake rivals the original for sheer mediocrity.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

the original wasn't really that great, nor did it have a substantial cult following to justify a remake. So, unusual as it may be, this remake is a much, much better film.

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
Movies for the Masses

The best thing I can say about Andrew Douglas's remake of The Amityville Horror is that it gave me a reason to track down the original film.

September 1, 2006 | Comments (2)
Christianity Today

The movie's only aspiration is to be a jacked-up re-jiggering of a name-brand horror 'classic.' It sets out to be not just schlock, but pre-chewed schlock.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

The Amityville Horror is just another decidedly bland, but mildly entertaining, horror film churned out in the rush to cash in on the reemergence of horror in Hollywood.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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... The Amityville Horror is the best horror movie of the year so far. Faint praise, to be sure, but at least it's R-rated.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Douglas logra varios momentos de tensión en los que, si se va al cine con la suficiente intención de disfrutar la película, llega a generar uno que otro buen susto.

November 28, 2005

out-fakes the first film ups the dosage.

October 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

not really that good but better than the other eight previous movies

July 8, 2005

The prime victims are children who are shot, threatened, tortured and killed without any hesitation or reason other than to provide quick thrills.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

Another of those recent horror pictures that you resent while in its presence and forget immediately afterwards.

June 11, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
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Reynolds is well cast in the lead - it's genuinely upsetting as the house starts to chip away at his Nice Guy persona. He also spends a huge amount of the film either half-naked or dripping wet, if you like that sort of thing.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Punchy, frightening, and far slicker than the original - but for all the refurbishment, something's still not quite right with this haunted house.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

... routine remake of a 1979 horror classic.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

there is so much effort to explain everything, to supply reasons for things that don't need them and therefore cannot sustain them, that the film folds in on itself

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for The Amityville Horror

Remake of the classic haunted house horror film of the same name is an awful mess of a film that is uninspired and poorly acted. This came out at the height of the remake craze and like every other remake; it failed to capture the essence of the original film. The story suffers from a poor script that offers nothing of note and it only boasts cheap scares that are only mildly entertaining. Overall this is a dreadful film that if you take those scares away, there's nothing here to enjoy and the film falls apart very rapidly due to its cast and poor plot. In the broader picture, this remake was unnecessary and it doesn't have anything to entertain the viewer. The choice of the actors playing the parts is horrible, and brings no on-screen presence to really make this film standout. Director Andrew Douglas can't seem to be able to direct a fluent, well paced film that really manages to terrify. This is one film that only relies on jump scares to scare you, and time and time again you find yourself more bored than enjoying yourself due to the fact that it is a poorly constructed horror film that doesn't offer anything remarkable for genre fans looking for something really interesting to watch. Avoid this film, you'll be glad you did, and in terms of remakes, this is among the worst that I've seen with no thought on truly effective material to really make it a fun and entertaining horror yarn. This is yet Hollywood trying to make a quick in order to attract a new audience that can't seem to understand what real horror is all about.
December 16, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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After watching every single Amityville horror film within a few days of each other I asked the question 'Did this franchise need a remake'? It was the trend in the mid-nineties to remake classic horror films and I believe there was always room for improvement here. So the next question was 'Was the film any good'? and I'm afraid the answer is I don't care, I'm just glad it's all over and I don't have to watch any more of these stupid films. Sometimes I really wish I wasn't such a completest!
October 10, 2011

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Ryan Reynolds plays a great role in this and it never fails to scare me everytime I watch it.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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I don't really think Ryan Reynolds was meant to be in a horror film. He doesn't strike me as that kind of actor.

However I did really enjoy this film. The images are disturbing and gruesome and kept me awake at night. I first watched this movie when I was 12 and it scared the hell out of me. But after watching it 5 years later, it didn't seem as scary as it did when I was younger. I had nightmares for a week when I first watched this movie, just because the scenes were really graphic and intense- the little boy in the bathroom, Jodie in the closet- it was all really well executed in my opinion. I'm still hesitant to watch the scene with the babysitter in the closet. That was a really creepy and frightening part of the movie.

This movie is definitely very scary because of the special effects, intense scenes, and disturbing images. It's a great movie.
August 20, 2010
Japes .

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    1. George Lutz: Catch them! Kill them!
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