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The Amityville Horror (1979)

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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Supposed true story about George and Kathleen Lutz whose dream house turns into a nightmare. James Brolin and Margot Kidder are the unsuspecting new tenants of a house whose previous occupants had been murdered in their sleep. The Lutzes and their children are menaced by the lingering evil in this frightening ghost story.

Cast

  • James Brolin
  • Margot Kidder
  • Rod Steiger
  • Don Stroud
  • Murray Hamilton
  • John Larch
  • Natasha Ryan
  • K.C. Martel
  • Meeno Peluce
  • Michael Sacks

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Stars James Brolin and Margot Kidder visited the real Amityville house as part of a publicity junket.
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Goofs

  • In this movie (and all the other sequels), there is a chimney between the quarter eye-like windows. If you see a picture of the real/actual house in Amityville, there is no chimney.
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Quotes

    • The House: GET OUT!
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Metacritic

50

Of all the questions raised by The Amityville Horror, the most vexing one revolves around the external range of a haunted house’s supernatural powers. Because while it makes sense for a demonic abode to slam windows shut on small children’s fingers, let loose with swarms of buzzing flies, and turn bearded wood-chopping fathers into homicidal paterfamilias, it’s not quite as clear why such a structure would have the ability to sabotage the brakes of a sedan driving on the highway, or to cause a woman’s briefcase, sitting on her car’s passenger seat, to magically burst into flames.

Metacritic review by Nick Schager
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
38

The problem with The Amityville Horror is that, in a very real sense, there's nothing there. We watch two hours of people being frightened and dismayed, and we ask ourselves... what for? If it's real, let it have happened to them. Too bad, Lutzes! If it's made up, make it more entertaining. If they can't make up their minds... why should we?

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times