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]
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
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 31, 2017
'70s horror movie hasn't aged well; violence and peril.
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
December 23, 2006
February 9, 2006
Tautly directed, but the thin material, and a dreadfully hammy priest from Steiger, effectively wreck what little suspense remains.
January 10, 2006
December 19, 2005
It once seemed creepy, but time has made it seem pretty contrived.
July 8, 2005
Yeah, it's not good.
May 9, 2005
Mr. Steiger bellows and weeps and overdoes absolutely everything. He won't even pick up the phone before it's rung 12 or 15 times.
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