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The Amityville Horror (1979)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 5, 2000
• R2: 22 Oct 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio American International Pictures

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• Amityville Horror (1979)

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Genre: Horror, Demonic Possession, Ghosts, Haunted House, Demon, Supernatural, Cult Classic, True Story, Marriage, Occult, Suspense, Devil, Animals

Tagline: "For God's Sake, Get Out!"

Plot: A family moves into a Long Island house that has a disturbing past. Soon after they move in, they too believe the stories of the house being haunted. Ooze comes out of the walls, doors mysteriously and violently swing open, and flies descend. After priests' attempts to exorcise the house do not stop the unexplained and horrible occurences; the family moves out, 28 days after they moved in.

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external linkWhile there’s a few moments of moody suspense, for the most part this overlong and quite poor effort is dull and lacking in thrills; however we get to chuckle at Steiger’s hammy performance. Not quite as bad as its reputation, this spawned a slew of imitators in its wake. 1.5/4

external linkNot a bad ghost film--it's kind of creepy at times, especially if you can get into the idea that it actually happened 58/100
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

external linkThis film is as dull as a Julia Roberts movie. ... This film is weak, not nearly as scary as other haunted house flicks, including "Burnt Offerings" and "The Legend of Hell House," and is ultimately about as missable as you can get.
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external linkAll this film really is; two hours of weird occurrences and story threads that don’t go anywhere. Genuine horror works because it mines the depths of human fear and turns it into an entity so terrifying that we can’t stand to watch it, but we can’t make ourselves look away, either. The villain in “The Amityville Horror” is an intangible evil presence that never goes beyond slamming doors and shutting windows. 2/5
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 Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg
Cool Hand Luke, Brubaker, The Pope of Greenwich Village
 Written by
Jay Anson
The Amityville Horror, History's Mysteries: Amityville - The Haunting
Sandor Stern
Fast Break, Secret Weapons, Pin...
James Brolin
Traffic, Catch Me If You Can, The Master of Disguise
Margot Kidder
Superman, Superman II, Superman III
Rod Steiger
Mars Attacks!, End of Days, On the Waterfront
Helen Shaver
The Craft, The Color of Money, The Land Before Time
Don Stroud
Licence to Kill, Armed and Dangerous, Perdita Durango
Murray Hamilton
Jaws, The Graduate, The Hustler
John Larch
Dirty Harry, Play Misty for Me, Written on the Wind
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour

external linkA fascinating basis - an excellent cast - efficient bleakness heavy directing/score and that creepy freaking house. Sure, the flick could’ve been so much more if the screenplay had been tightened up and had taken more chances but I was brought down to the gravel none the less. Watch it alone at night with the lights off and thank me in the morning with a bomb in my mail-box and your sister in my kitchen. 3/4
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)

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