The Amityville Horror Reviews

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February 28, 2020
The extended climax falls especially flat...
August 12, 2019
There's an excessive accumulation of special effects that are almost always forced in order to scare the audience, but they end up being hilarious. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 5, 2019
A chilling horror wrapped up in a disturbing family drama, in spite of its dubious true crime roots.
March 20, 2019
[The Amityville Horror] begins with the promising premise of a haunted house in the suburbs (poltergeists in the barbecue pit?) and quickly degenerates into a display of pretentious camera angles.
March 20, 2019
The family sticks around to sample the entire range of demon poltergeist effects, while Rod Steiger, a priest who tries to help, is laid up in bed, perhaps due to a chronic case of overacting.
March 20, 2019
Although bafflingly a box-office hit, director Stuart Rosenberg's tepid chiller never matches the flesh-crawling terror contained in Anson's book.
March 20, 2019
The film's reputation exceeds its achievements, and the "true story" angle has been vigorously disputed.
March 20, 2019
A scary movie that does not frighten or surprise you is as bad as a comedy that is not funny, and there's nothing here to have even the most mousish ducking under covers.
March 20, 2019
[A] goose-pimply haunted house yarn.
March 20, 2019
The Amityville Horror is just another indication that the trail left by The Exorcist has now become too faint to be worth following.
March 20, 2019
The Amityville Horror is a horror. What is supposed to be the true story of a young couple driven from their dream house by demons turns out to be nothing more than a rip-off, and a tedious one at that.
March 19, 2019
Overall, The Amityville Horror will undoubtedly convince audiences that something did happen in Amityville -- but will leave them wondering what the big fuss was all about.
October 8, 2018
Brolin and Kidder carry the film, their conviction encouraging you to believe even if you don't.
October 31, 2017
'70s horror movie hasn't aged well; violence and peril.
August 30, 2017
It has scattered moments all throughout that acquit themselves well as, if not top-shelf horror, then at least second-from-the-top.
June 26, 2017
Its pacing is off, there are too many go-nowhere subplots, & it seems just to come to a clunking halt at the end [but] the film's lack of commitment to any single reading of its narrative architecture is precisely what makes it so uncanny.
October 16, 2013
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.
May 4, 2011
It was popular at the box-office, but was unremarkable as a horror film
August 28, 2009
An astonishing number of fumbled frissons
March 26, 2009
It's definitely a house that audiences will enjoy visiting, especially if unfamiliar with the ending.
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