My Amityville Horror

2013

My Amityville Horror

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My Amityville Horror offers an unsettlingly ambiguous personal perspective on the true story that spawned a horror franchise.

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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

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  • Where Walter's film succeeds is in rendering Lutz, onscreen throughout, as an indelibly prickly and unsettling figure.

    Apr 2, 2013 | Full Review…

    Rob Nelson

    Variety
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  • Unusual doc should please both believers and die-hard skeptics.

    Apr 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Lutz prattles on endlessly about the paranormal activity he says he witnessed, the unpleasant family dynamics he grew up with and more.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Feels] like an episode of "In Search Of" on steroids.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • My Amityville Horror doesn't go far in sussing out fact from fiction-it just adds more noise to the myth.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for My Amityville Horror

My Amityville horror is disturbing in a panormal sense, but more importantly in a psychological sense. The film's a character study on Daniel Lutz, who no matter what happened in the house is a highly disturbed man. He's also highly well spoken, as pointed out in the film, which makes him believable. I can understand why atleast half the people who watch this won't care for it, but this is one of the scariest things I've seen in a long time. The scene where Danny and Lorraine start getting altercation about people being atheist, is highly uncomfortable and awkward. Director Eric Walter needs work, since it didn't feel like he was running it, but overall it's a great debut, with plenty of creepy moments.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

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Recounting the paranormal trials of Daniel Lutz, the real-life inspiration of the Amityville Horror phenomenon, "My Amityville Horror" is a somewhat fascinating discovery about a young boy growing up under the microscope after a stepfather that he hates moves them into the now infamous Amityville house. Never haunted since, the interviews with Lutz do little to convince whether or not these occurrences actually happened and do more to see the twisted struggles that have led to the now candid and sometimes mean-spirited Daniel, who still hates his deceased stepfather and is offended by the idea of being submitted to a lie detector test. With some chilling evidence, new revelations involving George Lutz's possible Satan worship practices, and Daniel's believable stories, the documentary does take on a life of its own and becomes an interesting character study at the very least.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

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½

Having long been fascinated by the Amitville saga, and its many facets, I went in to My Amityville Horror with a peaked interest. My Amityville Horror is the story of Daniel Lutz, 10 years old at the time of the incident, the resulting trauma he experienced, and the anguish he is still in years after the events, real or imagined (perhaps both). As a documentary, it is exceptionally well done, spellbinding, and relentlessly thought-provoking. Director Eric Walter is successful the most in evoking the immense emotions, intensity, and general unsettlingly nature of Daniel Lutz. We see a man that is in many respects tormented, yet unbelievably passionate. Through his narration, we are captivated by, if nothing else, his believability. He is a cinematic experience in of himself, and Walter does a fantastic job of channeling this anger and raw emotion in to a coherent story, bolstered by other interesting personalities involved with the phenomena. As far as Daniel's depiction of the events, one should keep in mind that his younger brother, Christopher Lutz, has gone public with his suspicions of George Lutz as the, at the very least, catalyst for such events. His reliability might be called in to question because of his anger for his step-father, but I found his narration compelling, if not gut-wrenching. A must see, if only for the character study it offers. 4.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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This movie is really only as interesting as long as you pretend that everything that Daniel is saying is completely true. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but I do not believe anything, whatsoever, about the Lutzes claims of strange goings-on around this house. Do I think it was a scam perpetrated by George Lutz in order to sell his story, which led to books and a ton of films, and get himself a paycheck from naive people looking for an "interesting" story? It's very likely, we have no proof of this, but it is more than likely considering how things went. Do I believe that Daniel Lutz believes he's telling the truth? Yes, but how much of that truth is REALLY what happened?? Daniel was around 10 years old at the time he lived there, so how much of what he remembers is actually true and how much did he just fill in the gaps using everything that came out after he left? All the movies, all the books, all the stories that came out. I believe that helped Daniel fill in the gaps in his memory and helped shaped what he calls the truth. It's clear that whatever back there, and really whatever happened since the moment George Lutz came into his life, has left him with some real emotional issues. The way he speaks and some of his facial expressions has led me to believe that his most traumatic experience wasn't even living in the Amityville house, it was living with his stepfather and having to deal with his shit on a constant basis. Daniel makes no bones about the fact that he hated George and is happy that he's dead, but I believe that, somehow, Daniel uses his 'experiences' in the house to sort of rationalize his hatred for George. But, as mentioned, I believe that Daniel believes he's telling the truth. I think he's a reliable narrator, he seems confident in what he's saying, it's clear he believes this is the truth. But the fact of the matter is that NONE of the families that lived in the Amityville house since the Lutzes have reported any paranormal phenomena. Why would that stop when the Lutz family moves out of the house? The evil spirits are gonna be trapped there right? That, more than anything else, makes me doubt the Lutzes' story even more. If there's a real problem with the film is that there's no real structure to the movie. Scenes are just randomly thrown together and, as such, there's no real story here. Sometimes they'll be talking to Daniel about something in specific and the next scene is something completely unrelated to what came before it. There's no progression to the story that Daniel is telling them, they're going all over the place. Because of that the movie feels much longer than it really is. There's also the fact that the majority of the movie pretends as if this events actually happened and they don't really bother, outside maybe 20% of the movie, to look at the fact that the Lutzes may have, in fact, been lying about this in order to get some publicity. I just think this aspect of the film should've been more focused on, rather than just pretending that it's true right from the start. I don't think the filmmakers grilled Daniel as much as they could have. Maybe he intimidated them, but still. I think the movie needed a little more diversity of opinions and we just didn't get that here. Still, this is a pretty good movie. I wouldn't recommend it, because it's just not that good, but there are worse ways to spend 85 minutes. This just feels like a missed opportunity however.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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