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My Amityville Horror (2013)

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57

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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41

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable. (c) IFC Films

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Eric Walter

Aug 6, 2013

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6)

Where Walter's film succeeds is in rendering Lutz, onscreen throughout, as an indelibly prickly and unsettling figure.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Unusual doc should please both believers and die-hard skeptics.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Mr. Lutz prattles on endlessly about the paranormal activity he says he witnessed, the unpleasant family dynamics he grew up with and more.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The blurring of fact and fiction has been a part of the Amityville saga since it became public, but for Lutz there's no gray area in his memories, whose power is undiminished.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[Feels] like an episode of "In Search Of" on steroids.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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My Amityville Horror doesn't go far in sussing out fact from fiction-it just adds more noise to the myth.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Though no new answers are presented, the questions should intrigue anyone fascinated by things going bump in the night.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Not only a unique psychological spin on the entire story, but more importantly a truly heartbreaking examination of a 40 year old man who has spent his life trying to protect a wounded 10 year old boy within him.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

If you're a skeptic like myself, this won't convince you, but it will provide some interesting insight into the type of people that spread these stories.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A rudderless exercise in examination, ultimately the doc has no point of view, no upshot, and no reason for being.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
Yahoo! Movies

Spooky stuff, effectively directed by Eric Walter, even as it rehashes much of what is well known from the books and movies.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A disturbing mixture of the paranormal and the psychological.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The film is a tender character portrait rooted in deep curiosity and sympathy for its subject.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This was a chance for something definitive. What we get, instead, is something as incomplete yet intriguing as the original tale.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

My Amityville Horror is extremely well-done for what is essentially one man sitting and telling his story.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It is a film that adequately examines the line between reality and sensationalism and humanizes a story that, even in its mere forty year history, has become a cultural campfire tale.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Eric Walter's fascinating documentary offers a new perspective on the much-told story.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

My Amityville Horror maintains a path somewhere between faith & agnosticism, adding manipulatively spooky music to underscore Daniel's tales, yet presenting a polyphony of irreconcilable perspectives from others without deciding between them for us.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Provides only one small fragment of the Lutz story, and is only fascinating for a fraction of its running time.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

Audience Reviews for My Amityville Horror

Having long been fascinated by the Amitville saga, and its many facets, I went in to My Amityville Horror with a peaked interest. My Amityville Horror is the story of Daniel Lutz, 10 years old at the time of the incident, the resulting trauma he experienced, and the anguish he is still in years after the events, real or imagined (perhaps both). As a documentary, it is exceptionally well done, spellbinding, and relentlessly thought-provoking.

Director Eric Walter is successful the most in evoking the immense emotions, intensity, and general unsettlingly nature of Daniel Lutz. We see a man that is in many respects tormented, yet unbelievably passionate. Through his narration, we are captivated by, if nothing else, his believability. He is a cinematic experience in of himself, and Walter does a fantastic job of channeling this anger and raw emotion in to a coherent story, bolstered by other interesting personalities involved with the phenomena.

As far as Daniel's depiction of the events, one should keep in mind that his younger brother, Christopher Lutz, has gone public with his suspicions of George Lutz as the, at the very least, catalyst for such events. His reliability might be called in to question because of his anger for his step-father, but I found his narration compelling, if not gut-wrenching.

A must see, if only for the character study it offers.

4.5/5 Stars
August 24, 2013
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

My Amityville horror is disturbing in a panormal sense, but more importantly in a psychological sense. The film's a character study on Daniel Lutz, who no matter what happened in the house is a highly disturbed man. He's also highly well spoken, as pointed out in the film, which makes him believable. I can understand why atleast half the people who watch this won't care for it, but this is one of the scariest things I've seen in a long time. The scene where Danny and Lorraine start getting altercation about people being atheist, is highly uncomfortable and awkward. Director Eric Walter needs work, since it didn't feel like he was running it, but overall it's a great debut, with plenty of creepy moments.
August 28, 2013
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

Recounting the paranormal trials of Daniel Lutz, the real-life inspiration of the Amityville Horror phenomenon, "My Amityville Horror" is a somewhat fascinating discovery about a young boy growing up under the microscope after a stepfather that he hates moves them into the now infamous Amityville house. Never haunted since, the interviews with Lutz do little to convince whether or not these occurrences actually happened and do more to see the twisted struggles that have led to the now candid and sometimes mean-spirited Daniel, who still hates his deceased stepfather and is offended by the idea of being submitted to a lie detector test. With some chilling evidence, new revelations involving George Lutz's possible Satan worship practices, and Daniel's believable stories, the documentary does take on a life of its own and becomes an interesting character study at the very least.
August 25, 2013
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