The Amityville Horror (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
R (for violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and drug use)
Genre:
Horror
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Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Ryan Reynolds
as George Lutz
Melissa George
as Kathy Lutz
Jesse James
as Billy Lutz
Jimmy Bennett
as Michael Lutz
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Chelsea Lutz
Philip Baker Hall
as Father Callaway
Annabel Armour
as Realtor
Rich Komenich
as Chief Of Police
Danny McCarthy
as Off. Greguski
David Michael Gee
as ER Doctor
David Gee
as ER Doctor
Nancy Lollar
as Librarian
Jose Taitano
as Stitch
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Critic Reviews for The Amityville Horror

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (36)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A few lines get laughs, but the horror is standard fare, without a shred of innovation.

April 21, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Amityville Horror

½

What is the point of remaking a bad horror movie if you can't make it any better or scarier? In fact, this awfully formulaic remake doesn't manage to be scary at all, since it only reuses the most obvious clichés of the genre and seems like an uninspired copy of The Shining.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Ryan Reynolds plays a great role in this and it never fails to scare me everytime I watch it.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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