The Amityville Horror (2005)

Posted: May 25, 2011 in Hollywood
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The Amityville Horror


George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into a house that was the site of a horrific murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and try to keep the horror in the past. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What now follows is 28 days of sheer terror for the family. –IMDb


Andrew Douglas


Scott Kosar (screenplay), Jay Anson (novel), Sandor Stern (earlier screenplay), George Lutz (material) and Kathy Lutz (material) (as Kathleen Lutz)


Ryan ReynoldsMelissa George and Jimmy Bennett


 Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller


 What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained.

For those who don’t know, this is a remake of 1979 movie of the same name. Well, I haven’t watched the original, so comparing is out of the concern. And I’ll be only commenting about this one.

As far as modern horror movies goes, the Amityville horror isn’t that bad. There are a few genuinely spooking moments. The movie is by no means the worst of its type, the special effects are not as over-the-top as in many horror films. It suffers, however, from its attempt to pass itself off as a true story, when it quite patently is nothing of the sort, and also suffers from another fault, a common one these days. Director Andrew Douglas fails to realize that in a ghost film what you don’t see can often be more frightening than what you do.

The performances by all were first rate. Ryan Reynolds does extremely well in the role, he has some very witty one liners during his slow possession. Day by day, his character becomes a mean and hateful person because of the house. He does a great job and is rather frightening, reminiscent of Nicholson in The Shining(not that this is on that level). Melissa George as his wife, does justice to her role and looks pretty. The child actors who played their children and Isabel Connor as the dead, little girl, all are commendable in their respective roles.

Still from The Amityville Horror

The horror clicked in some scenes and it didn’t in many other places. A decent effort that could have gone really well if not for a string of been here-done that, predictable horror show. There are scenes in the movie where the ghosts do things you anticipate beforehand. The predictability takes the fun out of watching a creepy movie. The action could have done with more dose of originality. Some of the situations indeed shake us a bit but they are too few to leave a longer impact.

However, the scenes with the Jody’s spirit are done well. Jody was the little DeFeo child who was shot by her brother. She is very creepy and the scene with the babysitter in the closet is very well done. The scene with the young daughter walking on the roof of the house was also chilling in a way.

If you’re in the mood for an mediocre horror film then you can give this a try. Amityville Horror is not going to be liked by everyone but surely some will enjoy it. I rate it 5.5 out of 10 for some of the creepy scenes and Ryan Reynold’s performance.

Watch the trailer…


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