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The Amityville Horror Reviews

September 30, 2005
The problem with The Amityville Horror is that, in a very real sense, there's nothing there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 21, 2005
A few lines get laughs, but the horror is standard fare, without a shred of innovation.
April 21, 2005
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.
April 20, 2005
Nothing gets in the way of the rote staging, the ham-handed predictability, the feeling that you've been to this house, and yawned at these ghosts, once too often.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 19, 2005
The Amityville Horror is a Xerox so tattered and faded that it's impossible to determine who's to blame for the overproduced mediocrity before our eyes.
April 15, 2005
You'll want to get out of Amityville long before the Lutzes do.
April 15, 2005
I wasn't shocked by The Amityville Horror, or outraged by it: I felt nothing but disdain.
April 15, 2005
Brevity is the single best thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
In theory, this should all be scary, but it just isn't. You giggle at the B-movie cheesiness of it.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
April 15, 2005
It retains the cheesy look of the 1979 original, pure schlock not gussied up to appear to be anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2005
This house springs so many FX shocks it plays like a theme-park ride. Result? It's not scary, just busy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 15, 2005
In a ghost story, the narrative doesn't have to be a model of originality or coherence, but it needs to support the scares. In The Amityville Horror, the writing is so bad that it detracts from the 'boo!' moments and creepy interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
The original is still creepy, but this Horror will have fans jumping in their seats and talking back to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 15, 2005
The startling thing about the remake is that it's one of the better horror films to hit screens in recent months, thanks to its refusal to take itself too seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2005
Shoddily made, boring and, most shockingly, without a single decent scare.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
April 15, 2005
Moviegoers are more cynical now than they were in 1979, and most will laugh off the moments meant to be tense. You can't really blame them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
A cut-to-order MTV hack attack. Audiences will be stunned not because they have been frightened but by how obvious and safe the whole thing is.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
Like good drive-in fare from the '70s, this is all about sensation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2005
Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.
April 15, 2005
A sustained if wildly unco-ordinated assault on our senses (our emotions are clearly not on his battle map), complementing those feverish jump cuts with a cliché of equally stunning proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
April 15, 2005
Completely cheesy and mildly enjoyable.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 15, 2005
The latest in a long line of cheap horror film remakes that combine familiar names and stories with slash-cut editing and computer-generated effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
The filmmakers have managed to take a mediocre movie and make it worse.
Read More | Original Score: D+
April 15, 2005
Since Scream poured irony into the mix, it has become mighty hard to write a line of dialogue that doesn't elicit winks and nods. We all know where the mayhem's leading.
April 15, 2005
Not content to remake an old, mediocre horror movie, this Amityville takes its cues from current mediocre horror movies, too. This one is frightening only if you can't remember the last throwaway movie that leaned on all the same tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 14, 2005
In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 14, 2005
The film is a terrific scare show, fast and furious, made with a lot of style and energy, packing plenty of jolts yet never lingering morbidly over horrific images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2005
Begins slavishly faithful to its low-key 1970s predecessor then sledgehammers auds with a numbing succession of shock edits and over-the-top horror effects.
April 14, 2005
If star Ryan Reynolds wants to scare us, why not just lock us in a room and make us watch Van Wilder over and over? Or have girlfriend Alanis Morissette talk about her past relationships?
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 14, 2005
Low-key creepy rather than outright scary, the new Amityville marks a modest improvement over the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 14, 2005
Watching The Amityville Horror is about as enjoyable as attending a Halloween party hosted by people you can barely tolerate.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 14, 2005
A gory lark, a cheap-thrill-packed love poem to the history of the contemporary horror film.
April 14, 2005
If they scare up enough business to perpetuate this sort of retread, that will be the real horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2005
Despite Andrew Douglas' tightly focused direction, this is a cheap, calculated scare.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2005
The movie is a procession of unregenerate B-level goosing. But there's definitely a smirk beneath the muck.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2005
There's nothing this Amityville won't beg, borrow, steal from or fabricate in trying to make your neck hairs sit up and quiver.
Read More | Original Score: C