The Amityville Horror

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Amityville Horror

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  • Oct 23, 2012
    As the first film begs the question, "Why was this film made," the remake begs the question, "Why was this film remade?"
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    The Amityville Horror is a remake to the old horror film, but sadly these remake is nothing more than an excuse for some haunted house ideas the writer had and it was qa huge disappointment in my eyes. The acting was actually very good, Ryan Reynolds and Chloe Moretz play the best roles in the film. But sadly on the story and scare factor it just did not live up to my hopes, so i will not recommend it to horror fans.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2011
    If any recent actor could pull off a great performance in this film it would have been Ryan Reynolds, however, the unyielding attempt to make this a bona fide remake turns the horror off, leaving Reynolds to copy instead of create. There is very little scare to the film and mainly just rides a very small "creep" factor. At one point, I even asked myself what about this film was actually scary, in particular when the little girl climbs on the roof. Now, what about that is horrifying? It adds suspense, but there is nothing scary about a little girl balancing on a rooftop. For being a film with "horror" in the title, this film is inept in all regards; a completely average film.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2011
    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.
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