The Amityville Horror (1979)
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (imdb)
Cast and Information
Directed By: Stuart Rosenberg
Written By: Sandor Stern, Jay Anson
Starring: Rod Steiger, James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Don Stroud, Helen Shaver, Val Avery, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Amy Wright, K.C. Martel, Michael Sacks
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Horror, Mystery
The Amityville Horror belongs to 24 collections
1. Psychotronic Film and Video Guides (collaborative: moderated by Gregzilla - 40 stars)
2. Based on a Book (collaborative: moderated by iconogassed - 22 stars)
3. Films available in HD (collaborative: moderated by kubricksucks - 13 stars)
4. Horror Franchises (collaborative: moderated by mattburgess - 7 stars)
5. Haunted House (collaborative: moderated by Moribunny - 4 stars)
6. Remade (collaborative: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer - 4 stars)
7. Referenced by The Simpsons (collaborative: moderated by ReCreation07 - 2 stars)
8. Cinema Sins (collaborative: moderated by Phantom Nook - 2 stars)
9. Big-time Hollywood horror (public: djross - 2 stars)
10. mwgerb's Netflix Instant Queue (public: mwgerb - 2 stars)
11. Amityville (collaborative: moderated by td888 - 1 star)
12. Moving In (collaborative: moderated by saudade - 1 star)
13. Annual top 5 worldwide box office, 1975 - 2022 (public: djross - 1 star)
14. Supernatural horror (collaborative)
15. American International Pictures (collaborative: moderated by RoyalB)
16. Midnites @ The Coolidge (collaborative: moderated by TrixRabbi)
17. Lalo Schifrin (composer) (collaborative: moderated by djross)
18. Melvin's favorite horror flicks (public: Melvin Smif)
19. BF-70 (public: caffe)
20. Owned (public: ribcage)
21. Danse Macabre (book) (public: Ag0stoMesmer)
22. Movies I Own (public: Farzan)
23. Tom's Movies (public: tomwalsh)
24. BI - MM (public: Jobs-Bronson)
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All Ratings | With Reviews
TCI | Percentile | Date Rated | # Stars (Reviews)
FIRST TIME HOME OWNER NIGHTMARE EXPLOITATION FILM
Creepy premise involving a benevolent entity residing in your home and invoking an evil beyond imagination. I'm of course referring to Margot Kidder. I think there's a haunted house or something in there too.
Not that scary, but okay I guess. I particularly like the scenes of Father Rod Steiger surrounded by flies. God, that man could sweat!
The pacing was off - throughout the beginning it felt mostly slow, which led to an ending too short and too rushed. Additionally, it lacked a sense of urgency and impending doom. I felt like it tried to build it, but didn't do so effectively. This was also hindered, I felt, by the fact that they up to the end tried to live their normal lives, largely ignoring the threat or at least never fully tried to face it or seek help.
Nice, creepy, and Brolin goes back for the dog which is what I would do, too. 1970s horror rules.
Holy shit, James Brolin! ::drools:: Pretty weak, though. Not scary at all.
Harry is 'Top 10 Movie Dogs' material easy.
It's incredibly difficult to rate this, because its the inspiration for so many movies to come, but it's just not that great on its own. Other films have done what this film dreamed of doing. The acting is wooden, the scares are too far in between, and everything else is dated. Kind of boring, honestly.
|Average Percentile 35.96% from 967 Ratings|