My Amityville Horror (2013)
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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
Mar 15, 2013 Limited
Aug 6, 2013
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Where Walter's film succeeds is in rendering Lutz, onscreen throughout, as an indelibly prickly and unsettling figure.
Mr. Lutz prattles on endlessly about the paranormal activity he says he witnessed, the unpleasant family dynamics he grew up with and more.
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.
Whether it was all a haunting or a hoax is left unanswered, but the film leaves little doubt that Amityville's greatest source of evil was, fundamentally, parental in nature.
Though no new answers are presented, the questions should intrigue anyone fascinated by things going bump in the night.
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.
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.
A rudderless exercise in examination, ultimately the doc has no point of view, no upshot, and no reason for being.
Spooky stuff, effectively directed by Eric Walter, even as it rehashes much of what is well known from the books and movies.
My Amityville Horror doesn't go far in sussing out fact from fiction-it just adds more noise to the myth.
The film is a tender character portrait rooted in deep curiosity and sympathy for its subject.
This was a chance for something definitive. What we get, instead, is something as incomplete yet intriguing as the original tale.
My Amityville Horror is extremely well-done for what is essentially one man sitting and telling his story.
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.
Eric Walter's fascinating documentary offers a new perspective on the much-told story.
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.
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