On November 14, 1974, Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family. He claimed that voices inside the house told him to do so. A year later, George and Kathy Lutz have come across the perfect dream home in Amityville. It’s such a reasonable price, there has to be a catch. Sure enough, they discover about the murders. George simply tells Kathy that “houses don’t kill people, people kill people.” Very soon after, the family is moving in.
Once inside the house, everything seems perfectly fine, that is until the daughter finds a new friend in a girl named Jodie. Jodie is dead, she was murdered by her brother, Ronald, a year ago. This house is full of death, and after 28 days of living in the house, the Lutz’s must escape, or die trying.
There’s a new remake in theaters. We get the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003, Dawn of the Dead in 2004, and now The Amityville Horror in 2005. The Amityville Horror moves at an extremely fast pace, which is completely different than the original film. It’s filled with jump scares and even a few attempts to gross out the audience. The director, Andrew Douglas, was obviously going for an R rating with this film, and I thank him for that!
There are flaws with this film. The script was often weak at times, and the character’s motivations were often questionable. The acting, however, was convincing. Ryan Reynolds has come a long way since Van Wilder. Melissa George does a good job as Kathy Lutz, and even the children do a good job in their roles.
The one thing I noticed about the new Amityville Horror is that it reminded me more of The Shining than anything else. Father moves family into a haunted place, father goes crazy, father grabs axe, family locks father up, father comes through door, etc. Even though this was a remake of The Amityville Horror, I think the references to The Shining really helped this film out. It increased the pacing, yet if you’re familiar with The Shining, you’ll be able to see what’s coming next, although that doesn’t spoil anything. Overall, I was actually surprised by The Amityville Horror. It’s not going to be a classic, but it’s an entertaining 90 minutes. I give it a 7 out of 10