The Amityville Horror :- Watch The Amityville Horror on Youtube on Fire,George (James Brolin) and Kathleen Lutz (Margot Kidder) buy a “dream house” in Amityville, New York for a “dream price”. Unfortunately, the price was low because just a year before, the house was the location of the Ronald DeFeo Jr. murders–he killed his entire family while they were sleeping. As a priest, Father Delaney (Rod Steiger), blesses the home, he realizes with horror that something evil is lingering there. The dream house is turning into a nightmare. Sometimes our affection for or aversion to an artwork that we’ve been exposed to a number of times over the years is inextricably enmeshed with our historical, emotional experiences, whether we admit this or not. For example, I strongly dislike soap operas, or indeed any dramas that resemble soap operas. This is probably due to the fact that for years my only exposure to soap operas was when I was home sick from school as a kid. These were the days before cable television and home video. In the middle of a weekday afternoon, you either watched soap operas or you didn’t watch television. Subconsciously, I associate soap operas with a feeling of illness. Likewise, Jay Anson’s Amityville Horror novel appeared when I was still a teen. I loved it. I can still remember reading it in one long sitting–something I rarely did–in the family car as we drove from Florida to Ohio to visit relatives. I was excited when the film appeared, and liked it a lot at the time. So although I can see many faults with Amityville Horror now, I still have a deep affection for it that triggers my brain to go into an apologetic mode and defend the film. I just can’t bring myself to give it lower than an 8 out of 10, and even that seems low to me. But I can easily see how audiences lacking a history with the film might dislike it. It is relatively slow, uneventful and meandering–with a modern perspective, the pacing and “subtlety” are reminiscent of some recent Asian horror. At the same time, maybe paradoxically, scenery chewing has only rarely had a greater ally.
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Release: 27 July 1979 (USA)
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger