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This is a horror film that really is horrifying. Horror films don't usually bother me - I can watch most things without being too spooked - but Amityville really did give me a shiver. It's the story of a young couple (George and Kathy Lutz) who move into a new house in Long Island. What they aren't told is that the year before there were murders committed in the house - one of the member of the houses former family takes a gun to his parents, his two brothers and two sisters - killing them all! When the Lutz's actually move in, they start seeing weird things - the ghostly body of the youngest daughter, ghoulish voices etc. George Lutz notices it the most and really starts to become affected by it - and his actions are maybe even scarier than the ghosts. Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George do a great job in this film, and really make you feel like your living the nightmare with them. I wont reveal too much more for fear of giving away the ending - but this is a great horror film that people who like this genre will love. Be warned though - its rated 18 for a reason and if you are timid or sensitive its maybe not for you. If you do fancy watching it though - try amazon, its only £4.98 on there!
I was actually a little surprised by this remake. Hollywood has been churning out remakes for quite some time so I wasn't optimistic that this would be any good at all. I actually found it quite entertaining for a remake and it even has some surprsingly effective jump sequences in it. The acting is decent from both Melissa George and Ryan Reynolds. It's almost a direct copy of the original with the exception of the Jody character who is one of the original murder victims at the beginning of the film and who has now become a ghost. I didn't like that, I much preferred the fact that Jody was a demonic pig in the original and is said to be just that in the real life case as well. If I had to recommend a remake then I would probably say you should give this a go but, as always, watch the original first which is obviously superior. However, if you can't find the original, watch this anyway.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room The Amityville Horror is yet another in a long line of horror remakes, although this is a franchise that deeper roots than most. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Jay Anson, which was itself inspired by an incident in the 1970s where a man shot dead his entire family. The film revolves around George (Ryan Reynolds) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George), a couple who move into what appears to be their dream home, despite the fact that there was a grim murder there some years previously, where a man wiped out his entire family line. However, it isn't long before odd things start to happen: the house seems to be "alive" or perhaps haunted, and their daughter Chelsea (Chloe Moretz) claims that she has made friends with the apparition of one of the slain children in the house. Things get creepier and creepier until they realise that they cannot live in the house, but getting away won't be as easy as they would like. I think Ryan Reynolds is a talented actor despite the criticism he gets, and Melissa George generally betters anything she's in, but this isn't a particularly fruitful outing for either of them. There's little impressive about this film, despite a talented cast and a grimy look. It's not horrible in any regard, but it commits the arguably bigger crime of being boring. In conclusion, there's nothing to write home about - the events of the film merely happen without maintaining interest. We get a procedural treatment for a horror that could have been a solid remake but sadly adheres to well-worn horror formula.
This version of the film is a remake but i havent seen the original so cant compare it. The film is actually based of a real life murder story from 1974. I love anything that is based on a true story, but these tend to scare me more than other horrors. I have seen a few documentaries on the house though which were quite creepy. The Amityville Horror stars Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder) and Melissa George (30 days of night) as George and Kathy Lutz. George and Kathy, along with 3 kids are looking for a new house. When looking around the house they think its too good to be true because of the price and unfortunately it is. The year before a whole family was murdered there. They decide not to let the murder affect them and they try to get on as normal but things start to take a turn for the worse. George starts complaining of always being cold and moves himself down to the basement. He begins to get really snappy and mean to the rest of the family. He starts to see strange flashbacks of what happened in the house before and things only go from bad to worse. Like most of my film reviews i dont like going into the story very much so i dont ruin it for anyone who hasnt seen the film. This would definitly be in my top 10 horror films. The special effects are really good and the acting is even better. Ryan Reynolds is superb at playing a crazed man and really shows a different side to him compared to Van Wilder and Waiting. He really played the role well. On another plus...he walks around A LOT topless..and for anyone that has seen Blade 3, they will know what a good thing this is. He's HOT HOT HOT! Definitly a perk to a horror film. Melissa George also doesnt dissapoint. There are some really sick and jumpy parts to this film which is what made me love it....and also hate it a little for making me so scared. The dead little girl from the previous family is disgusting and terrifying.
When George and Kathy Lutz find a beautiful house that is within their price range, they are delighted, and quickly move in with Kathy's three children from a former marriage. The couple are aware that the house was the scene of a mass murder some months before, but are not unduly concerned, believing that the house cannot harbour any evil as a result of someone else's wrongdoings. However, within a few days of moving in, George in particular becomes aware of an uncomfortable feeling within the house, and his mood quickly changes from laidback to aggressive. And daughter Chelsea starts talking to a little girl who no-one else can see. Kathy quickly begins to realise that her new life is falling to pieces before her eyes. Is there any solution to their problems? As a fan of the horror/thriller genre, it is perhaps shocking that I have never seen The Amityville Horror before, either the original, made back in 1979, or this re-make, made in 2005. It is certainly a very appealing story, and is supposedly based on fact - certainly it is true that six people from the Defeo family were murdered by another member of their family, who claimed to have committed the crime because voices told him to do so. It would therefore seem almost certain that a film based on that was going to do well. Unfortunately, that is not the case, with this version at least; I hope that the original is much better than this one, otherwise I cannot really understand why it is so well known. Ryan Reynolds plays George Lutz, an actor who is relatively unknown to me, although fans of Van Wilder and/or Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place may recognise him. I thought he was probably the best part of the film; at least, he plays what is probably the main role in the film, one that actually has some character development. As the house begins to influence George's behaviour, he changes from a happy-go-lucky, loving family man to a bad-tempered and aggressive one. Reynolds manages to portray all this very convincingly and he left me with a sense that I had actually witnessed something worth seeing. The change is perhaps a little too sudden, but I think this has more to do with the length of the film than any fault on the part of Reynolds. The fact that he has the most amazingly toned upper body didn't harm my opinion of him either!! Wow. I didn't like Melissa George in 30 Days of Night, primarily because she had a toothy thing going on that I found distracting. As Kathy, I managed to look beyond that, but her performance has done little to convince me of her acting skills. I found her performance to be bland, boring and flat. There is no chemistry between her and George, or really any of her children, although she spends a great deal of time hugging them. As far as I'm concerned, any reasonably attractive actress could have played this role just as well, if not better. Sorry, Melissa, but I'm not very impressed. The children, played by Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett and Chloe Moretz, do an adequate job as Kathy's children. The older son (James) is struggling to come to terms with the fact that his father is dead and he now has a step-father, which adds a bit of depth to his character. However, he isn't particularly likeable, despite the predicament in which he finds himself, and so he didn't really strike much of a chord with me. The other two are cute to look at, but bring little else to the film. The story is an intriguing one. We learn from flashbacks at the beginning of the film about the murders, committed for no obvious reason by a family member. However, through Kathy's research, we also find out that the house is on the site of a burial ground. All this, along with the strange happenings that take place after the Lutzes move in, should ensure that this film is a compelling one. Sadly, it doesn't quite work this way. Perhaps because the story is based on something that apparently really happened, there is much that is left unexplained, and whereas some may argue that this is what makes it scary, I was left with a lot of questions. I was also disappointed with the pacing of the film. It is quite short at just 90 minutes, but seemed to drag on much longer than that for me, and I was quite relieved when it was all over. Another factor that didn't overly impress me was the special effects. Considering that the film was made in 2005, I thought that they were rather weak. We get to see ghosts, particularly the ghost of a little girl that was murdered in the house, yet she always looks fake, and I didn't find her in the slightest bit frightening. Other effects, such as blood running down the walls and items of furniture moving about, felt basic and not very scary. However, there were a couple of things that did stand out. One was the way that the house was filmed, from below looking up, which made the windows on the upper floors look like eyes - this was very effectively done and is probably what stands out most of all for me. The other was George killing the family pet. This isn't shown in any great detail, but it is quite distressing and upsetting. Take note of the 15 rating; this film is not for children. There are a number of special features. Firstly, there is an audio commentary accompanying the film if you have the inclination to watch it all over again (I didn't). Then there are a number of deleted scenes, none of which are very exciting, and it is easy to see why they were deleted. There is a featurette on the original Amityville killings, which includes interviews with police officers involved in the case and supernatural experts. There are a number of pictures of dead bodies and blood spatters - I'm not sure whether these are real or fake, but they are certainly unpleasant - something to avoid if you have a weak stomach. Different theories are also discussed - for example, did the murderer have an accomplice? Was his behaviour caused by paranormal activity? Another featurette discusses the Amityville house and why the film was made, including clips from the making of the movie and interviews with the key players. On top of that, which I found to be overkill, is something called 'on set peeks', which plays a scene, then shows the viewer how it was put together from a production point of view. Finally, there is a photo gallery, including stills from filming, and previews of Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo. This isn't a bad film. The fact that the story is based on a true one makes it interesting for that reason alone. However, it just isn't very good either. The Japanese and Koreans have cornered the market for ghost stories, and it has to be said that they do it so much better than director Andrew Douglas has done here. I will probably still look out for the original version at some point, but after this, I am not in any great rush, and I certainly don't think I will bother to watch this version again. Recommended if you like films of this genre, but don't expect to be amazed. The DVD is available from play.com for £5.99. Classification: 15 Running time: 90 minutes
This film is a rarity in that it is a remake that is superior to the original film. Whereas the original was cheesy, over the top and just plain not very good, this is creepy, well acted and very watchable. Based on the true story of the Lutz family who moved into a new house that they soon realised was not the fairytale home they had wanted. They stayed there just 28 days before leaving and never returning, claiming that it was haunted. They had managed to get it cheap because a year before a man had murdered his entire family in their beds, claiming the devil made him do it. This movie shows the story of those 28 days, George Lutz, portrayed by the excellently frightening Ryan Reynolds, gradually transforms from a loving husband and father to an abusive and murderous monster, finally attempting to kill them all. Melissa George is Kathy Lutz, who uncovers the history of the house, giving the viewer a reason for the evil presence there. This movie was very creepy, watching a man's slow descent into madness as the house keeps him awake, whispering to him and filling him with murderous thougts was chilling, Ryan Reynolds really showing off his acting ability. If you are going to watch an Amityville movie, watch this one.
The Amityville Horror is a famous bit of American pop-culture. It is supposedly based on a true story. The truth: Butch DeFeo murdered his entire family in their house in Amityville. The next residents - the Lutzes - fled the house after 28 days, claiming that it was haunted. But - according to Snopes.com, which has a great article - it was all a hoax. It doesn't matter - it was made into a bestselling book and a successful haunted house movie. This Amityville is truly scary...horrific even and Ryan Reynolds, heretofore known as a light comic actor (remember him in the TV series 2 Guys and a Pizza...or some such nonsense), turns in an extraordinary performance as a man who slowly but surely succumbs to the evil and terror of the ghosts and demons of the house he has moved his family into. "The Amityville Horror" is as frightening as you would had hoped "Ring2" to be and director Andrew Douglas deserves credit for bringing not just life, but revitalizing an old subject with goose bump inducing, stomach clenching events that are sure to keep you awake at night...in the time honored tradition of "The Exorcist."
this film was quite good. it takes a really scary film to get me going and at times this one had me on the edge of my seat! there are things that make you jump however it was a bit predictable at times. it was a good film on the whole with a good story but i think it lacked twists and was fairly repetitive. it builds up the suspense but there's nothing really big that happens. also the ending wasn't very satisfying for me but i guess it keeps you wondering.
I loved this film when it first came out. When i first watched it i was really freaked out by it .I think its because its based on true events. I will tell you a bit about the film its about a family called the lutz who move into this big house in long island even though the people that used to live there the de foes all got shot in there beds by there oldest son. They get this house for next to nowt and loads of furniture to go with it.From the moment they move in strange things start happening and the family start falling apart one of the children starts talking to a spirit that is a pig . One of the boys gets his hand crushed by a window that slams on his hand .Then the priest comes to bless the house and he gets attacked by flys and is told to GET OUT by the demon and every time he tries to warn the lutz he gets attacked by the demon. Then george lutz starts acting weird and stops looking after himself and at the end they try to flee the house and there is blood and ooz coming out of the walls .They eventualy get away they only lived there for 28 days and they never went back.Scarey stuff dont you think. main dvd facts actors james brolin margot kidder rod steiger murray hamilton don stroud john larch DIRECTOR stuart rosenberg GENRE horror CLASSIFICATION 15 yrs and over PRODUCTION YR 1979 RUNNING TIME 1hr 53 mins DVD REGION 2 LANGUAGES english SPECIAL FEATURES original theatrical trailer interactive menuscreens chapter selection
Synopsis ====== The film is a remake of the original 1979 film of the same name that spawned several sequels. A young mother (Kathy), her three children (Billy, Michael and Chelsea) and their step father (George) move into a large and fairly isolated house in Amityville, Long Island, where a previous family had been murdered by their father. Shortly after they move into the house some very strange things start to happen. The little girl has what appears to be an imaginary friend that gets her into lots of danger. The step father starts to see things more and more as the film progresses and starts abusing the family. As he becomes more possessed all hell breaks loose and it becomes a fight for the family to survive. Special Features =========== There are eight deleted scenes that are actually very good, I wonder why some of them were not left in the film. There is a fifteen minute documentary about the real life events of the murders in Amityville, at first I thought it was made up. There is also a making of that interviews most of the actors and some of the key crew and design members, it is a about half an hour long and is very interesting. Summary ====== On the whole I really enjoyed the film, the acting and special effects are very good. It's a no brainer film really as I expected, so don't go in expecting to be challenged. I found it to be a bit of cross between Poltergeist and The Shining. There are plenty of shocks and quite a lot of, but not too much gore. My biggest criticism of the film is that it is a little short, running at approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, perhaps they should have left some of the deleted scenes in. However, the special features make up a little for the shortness of the film. Recommended. Main Cast List ========= Ryan Reynolds George Lutz Melissa George Kathy Lutz Jesse James Billy Lutz Jimmy Bennett Michael Lutz Chloe Moretz Chelsea Lutz Rachel Nichols Lisa Philip Baker Hall Father Callaway Certificate: 15 Feature Running Time: 78 Minutes Approx. Thanks for reading.
Amityville horror 2005 Unlike some recent horror remakes - (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) the original Amityville Horror haa a few flaws to warrant a revamp. Though it's admittedly far more subtle than this version, The Amityville Horror is plagued with over-the-top acting, subpar special effects, and an almost oppressively slow pace. While this film does have a few problems, calling it an improvement over its predecessor is an extreme understatement. Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star as George and Kathy Lutz, a married couple who - along with her three kids - take the plunge and buy an unusually large house (they're able to get a really great deal on the place because, since an entire family was murdered there a year earlier, nobody else wants to buy it). Everything's fine at first, but it's not long before George begins exhibiting some seriously disturbing mood swings. The most substantial difference between the two films involves the character of George Lutz, portrayed by James Brolin in the original. One of the pivotal plot points revolves around George's transformation from easy-going family guy to possessed madman, though Brolin played the character as a lout right from the get-go. Reynolds, on the other hand, does a nice job of portraying George's progression from caring husband and father to inconsiderate, abusive jerk. It helps that screenwriter Scott Kosar has included a sequence set in the Lutz's pre-Amityville home to further establish the loving relationship between George and his family, an important moment that was absent in the original. Another new addition involves an actual backstory for the house, which effectively explains its haunted origins
All successful Horror films have always essentially followed the same template. You have a main character in peril and a nasty creature chasing them, bodies pile up along the way. But its now getting quite hard to keep that method going with refreshing new ideas. So instead Hollywood is taking its old movies and blowing the dust off them. Weve already seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre given a re-make, Dawn of the Dead was given a polish and next year sees films such as The Hills Have Eyes and When A Stranger Calls getting a revamp. The Amityville Horror is another to get a bit of spit and polish to bring it to a newer generation. I have to confess Ive never seen the original so I cant really compare the two. Needless to say this version has had some changes. The film is based on a true story where a young man murdered the rest of his family after believing them to be demons. A young family move into the house where the murders occurred and look forward to living a happy life in nice surroundings. But the house has an evil presence running through it. Slowly the families life starts to unravel and the husbands insanity threatens to repeat the murderous occurrences of the previous occupants. The Amityville Horror is pretty basic in its story, you cant really say more than Ive already said. Essentially its a haunted house story with a few bumps and spooks along the way. I have to say I didnt find anything new in the film, its all been seen before. But having said that it didnt really annoy me. Its just one of those films that is not bad, never terrible but just never reaches the heights of being a great film. The acting is fine although the parents are a little fresh faced to have three kids already. The scares arent really shocking and nothing really makes the skin crawl. Its short and sweet, probably worth a rental. -This Old House- This is a recent film so as youd expect the DVD presentation is quite peachy. The film has a nice look, its not flashy and in your face. The DVD picture is crisp and clear with very little to moan about if anything. Sound wise the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is pretty punchy. The film uses scare sounds to make its audience jump. It doesnt really work in terms of the film but overall the soundtrack is very good through the entire film. -More Scares- Extras wise there is a nice package for the film. An audio commentary with Actor Ryan Reynolds and the producers accompany the film. The tracks a bit sparse and really just comments on the action. Theres nothing juicy or informative so probably best to leave it alone. A collection of deleted scenes with commentary is also on show. Theres some nice stuff here but all of it was cut to speed up the pace of the film. Source Of Evil is a 25-minute making of which just passes the stage of being promotional fluff. Theres a lot of talking head interviews but also some nice behind the scenes footage. Supernatural Homicide is a decent little look at the real life story behind the basis for the film. There are interviews from people with varied opinions; it certainly makes a nice supplement. Another feature gives you the chance to view behind the scenes footage at moments in the film. Personally I find these features a bit annoying as they ask you to go through the entire film again just for a few morsels. Finally theres a nice little photo gallery. -Finally- The Amityville Horror was probably a movie that didnt need a re-make. But the film was made for under £20 million and made a generous profit. If you get a chance to see it then take a look. Its not incredibly scary but it passes the time on a rainy day.
You know I love horror movies well here is one of the ones I have bought quite recently. After seeing and being scared by the original years ago I decided that I would give the 2005 remake a go. Now I am going to try a different approach to writing my film reviews so let me know if the other way was better. ----- What is it about? (Reading from the back of the box) From Michael Bay, the producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes the true story of Amityville. In November 1974, a family of six was brutally murdered. Now a year later, an unsuspecting young couple George and Kathy Lutz and their children move into the house that was the site of the horrific event and is now haunted by a murderous presence. What follows is 28 days of unimaginable horror. ----- Verdict on the story; Now as always the fact that the film is based on true events makes it that more intriguing to watch. I did some research on the internet about the actual murders and the story behind them before I watched the remake and if you expect the film to follow the true events then you will be disappointed and I think this is one of the reasons that I didn't enjoy the film as much as I could. You see when I was watching the film and saw that they had changed bits that they really didn't need to it just annoyed me. If you ignore the fact that it is a true story however and just take it as the modern horror that it is you will probably enjoy it. The actual story that a guy killed his family because voices told him to do it is very creepy and the film gets this across to the viewer very well. The story in the film is quite creepy and will probably freak a lot of people out as the whole prospect of a haunted house is a prospect that many people believe could happen. One complaint I do have about the story line though is that the only explanation for why the things that are happening are happening is skimmed over in literally about a minute which lead me to turn to my sister Sam who had seen it before and ask her what the explanation was. I really feel they should have gone into this a bit more as it was a bit confusing. This is the problem you get with many modern horror movies though, that they concentrate on trying to scare the viewer but not necessarily explaining the story that well. ---- Cast; Ryan Reynolds - George Lutz. Melissa George - Kathy Lutz. Philip Baker Hall ----- Verdict on the acting and characters; First the acting is superb. Ryan Reynolds has established himself as a fantastic comedy and action actor and here he has a go at an altogether more serious role which must have drove him mad because throughout the film he only had one sarcastic line that I noticed. However he pulls off the part perfectly and for the girls on this site, he is topless at times in the movie so he provides some eye candy for us. Melissa George is also fantastic in this film. I hadn't seen her in anything since her 'home and away' days so I wasn't sure what to expect but she was great at being in one of the lead roles. The characters in this movie are pretty good and they don't actually get annoying which in a horror film is a shock. They are believable and there are some scenes that I found the characters to act exactly as I would act in that situation. Now stereotypes are the other thing that I always worry about in horror movies such as why are they running upstairs when they should be getting out the door and why do people always think they can face things that they really cant, well this movie actually does not give in to stereotypes so the characters actually act as if you can imagine the majority of the population doing which is a refreshing change. ----- Verdict on sets and special effects; Now the actual set of the Amityville house is spot on. The house in the film looks exactly like the real one did. On the inside they have made the house look very homely apart from the basement and lets be honest everybody thinks basements are kind of creepy. The whole film takes place in the house practically so the set people on the film must have had quite an easy time. There are some special effects in this film and when they appear they are done well and some of them do make you go ewwww! There are not that many though which actually made me like the film even more as they didn't rely on loads of effects but just the talent f the actors to create the atmosphere of the film. ----- Verdict on the special features on the DVD; Commentary - Now I will admit that I have not watched the entire commentary as I did only watch the film last night. I did however watch it for scenes that I enjoyed and it was quite interesting to hear what the producers had to say. They explained a lot about why they chose to shoot scenes how they did and Ryan Reynolds who was also on the commentary gives you a bit of an insight into what it was like to act in this sort of movie. His natural charm for being a comedy actor does come across with some of his comments on the film as he makes many sarcastic comments which are very funny. Deleted scenes - There are 8 deleted scenes to have a look at with the option of having a commentary by Ryan Reynolds while watching them. They do not really elaborate more on the film but are interesting to see and they last a couple of minutes each. The best one is entitled 'Kathy and George arrive and lights flashing'. Supernatural homicide - This feature gives you a little insight into what the real events were by interviews with people who can remember it and were involved in it. I found this really interesting as you get to see some pictures of the actual house in 1974. This whole feature lasts for about 15 minutes. The source of evil - This feature tells you more about the house and the impact the house had on the murders in 1974 and how they have incorporated this into the film. Don't worry it's a completely different type of feature from the one above and includes snippets from the movie and explanations onto how they created the house and atmosphere in the film. This feature does go into more about the film though than real events so expect a lot about the actors to come through and how they felt about the film. This feature lasts about 25 minutes. On set peeks - this feature allows you to watch the film but every so often (exactly 9 times) you will be sent to what it was like on the set while they were filming. Each of these only last for about two minutes and to be honest they are a bit pointless. Me and my sister forwarded to where they were and I would just prefer to watch the movie normally. Photo gallery - This gives you three photo galleries to choose from, ghosts and torture, crime scene and house interior. As the title of the feature suggests they are just photos of documents and books and are quite interesting to go through. Previews - This was a bit of a rubbish feature as it just gives you the trailer of Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo. I do appreciate them not making you forward them before you even get to the movie menu though like they do with a load of DVDs now. ----- Other things to know about the DVD; Certificate - 15. Runtime - 1 hour 26 minutes. 1 disc DVD. Price - £13.99 from Amazon.co.uk. ----- Final verdict; The film was enjoyable and although it was not as good as I hoped it was I did enjoy it. I have told you guys before that I am a fan of horror movies and this one was not exactly a make you jump horror but some of the scenes are quite disgustingly gory. It was refreshing to watch a horror with all superb actors and with none of the characters being annoying. I am going to give the film three stars because it was a good attempt at a horror and I did actually enjoy watching it. It loses stars because of the weak explanation for the whole film and the fact that it does not follow real events. Yes I do know it says based on real events but there is no harm with changing silly things that didn't need to be changed like what happened to Jodie (you will know what I mean if you do some research and then watch the film). The film is quite short at 86 minutes so it does not drag on at all which makes it nice to watch as they do not do stupid things in the movie just to make the film a little longer. I think the film was very good value for money and the extras were interesting to watch. If you like modern horrors then you may enjoy this but if you expect a decent remake which sticks to the documented events then I would give this one a miss. Thanks for reading. xxx p.s. this has also been posted on other review sites by me with the same username.
First off, Im reviewing the ORIGINAL Amityville Horror here, not the recent remake with Ryan Reynolds. Well, its an old film.... and it certainly looks its age, but its still entertaining in a strange unexplainable way. Its definitely not scary.... creepy, in parts, but not scary - though I do remember watching it as a kid and being so freaked out that I had to turn the tv off! I think its more what you DONT see than what you DO that makes it "scary" - its definitely more psychological than out-and-out horror. Also, I had no idea that Margot (Lois Lane) Kidder was in it... Once I realised it was her, I just kept thinking of Superman and kinda had trouble taking it seriously after that... Its an ok movie, sure it was great in its day, but looking at it now, what was all the fuss about???
This film sounded like it was going to be a lot scarier than the original from years ago. I had hoped it would be like the 'Ring,' film that left you feeling frightened or at least a bit frightened but this wasn't the case. The acting was quite bad and the same things that happened in the original film happened again. I know it was supposed to be like this but it was almost scene to scene. When you watch an updated version you tend to expect a bit more. The film took quite a while to get going and when it did it was pretty boring and not scary at all. I must admit it did seem like the actors were trying hard to make the story believable but most of the things which happened were very predictable. There were a few scenes that were scary like when the babysitter got trapped in the wardrobe etc but she came out and was alright. It wasn't as if she came to any unfortunate mishap or even got a bit of blood on her or anything. She didn't seem to be that frightened when she came out either. She merely called the kids names because she thought they did it to her. I think if I had been trapped in a wardrobe when the young daughter was constantly talking about her imaginary friend who was with her, I think I would have been a lot more scared than the babysitter was. It was also very far fetched too. The girl was talking to an imaginary friend the same time other weird things were happening and the husband was getting very weird too. I think when I knew there was a family killed in the house I would have left at the first time anything weird did happen. The wife seemed to take ages to fathom out the house was evil. I mean the family dog went missing and even the priest was scared and left the house as quick as he'd arrived. He was merely told to 'get out,' by the ghost and off he went. If this had happened to me I would have left the same time he did. The family were told before they moved in the history of the house and again I wouldn't have even moved in let alone wait for things to happen. Not only that it was only a few hours or the day after they moved in that the girls imaginary friend appeared. Then, the mother still didn't click that this was odd. It was watchable but I wouldn't really recommend it as a horror movie. It was more like scream where the horror was a comedy. The child actors did their best and under the circumstances did very well. I mean when the adult acting was dry how can a child do any better. It was in all fairness the script and not their acting skills. It seems this was a hard movie to follow on from the original which did make me scared. It is hard to do another film when the original was a hit when it came out. People who have watched the original will always compare it to this one. The story if nobody knows is about an evil house and evil things which happen there. The last family who lived there years ago were all murdered by the son who was told to do it by the ghost. Many thing do happen but you need to maybe watch the original and this too before you can really compare them.
Most horror movies establish an atmosphere of normality, which they gradually rupture with spooky or creepy or stomach-churning images. The Amityville Horror--a remake of the 1979 movie about a possessed house that torments the family that moves into it--tosses normality out the window in the first five minutes, unleashing a nonstop barrage of unsettling camera angles, decaying wood and stained wallpaper, half-glimpsed shadows in motion, fast edits of grotesque ghosts, and dozens of other horror-movie devices. Whether you like the movie will depend on whether you like feeling slightly nauseated and cut off from any semblance of reality--for many people, that's why they go to horror movies. Others won't be able to suspend disbelief that anyone but an actor would spend the time necessary to develop Ryan Reynold's insanely buff physique, prominently displayed as he runs around wearing nothing but a pair of loose-fitting pajama bottoms. In addition to Reynolds, the movie also features Philip Baker Hall and Melissa George. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com