This frightening remake of the 1979 horror classic, from producer Michael Bay, delves deeper into the supposedly true story of supernatural events that occurred in a Long Island, New York home in the ’70s.
When George and Kathy Lutz (Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) come across a beautiful river-front colonial home being sold for a steal, they suspect a catch. Once informed that the home was the site of a grisly mass murder, they decide to buy the house anyway and eagerly move in, bringing with them Kathy’s three children from a previous marriage.
While no one can deny that the house is rife with spooky sounds, the family members try to put their fears at bay. But over time, strange occurrences start happening, becoming more and more frequent, and these events start to have a trans-formative effect on several family members. Kathy’s daughter starts to act bizarrely, ending up in a variety of life-threatening situations, led by her new, not-so-imaginary friend Jody (one of the children slaughtered in the house years before by her older brother). Likewise, something strange seems to be happening to George. His usually sweet demeanor is replaced with a hostile one, and he starts cruelly taking out his aggression on Kathy’s children. Kathy’s original assumption that a house cannot be evil is challenged as she watches her husband transform into the sort of man that just might be capable of murdering his family.
Faster-paced than the original, The Amityville Horror keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with quick editing, suspenseful music, and moderately graphic violence. The two leads give quality performances, and seem to inhabit the decade in which the story is set despite the film’s slick, contemporary production.
I thought this version of The Amityville Horror was a lot better than the original, in most ways. Though, in a few other ways, I thought the story was better in the original. For example, the original went into how there was something Satanic in the basement, behind the wall. In this one, it tells you about some guy named Katcham, who tortured Indians and buried them in the lake. I really wished they would get their facts straight, before making a movie based on real events, because it confuses people.
Another thing I didn’t understand was in the original, the dog lived. In this one, the dog dies. One part ends by escaping by boat and the other part escaped by truck. Also, if you notice the house, they are somewhat different. One has stairs to the left and one has them to the right. The front of the house looks different, as well. One has the front of the house with boards around the front and the other has windows around the entire front. Another thing I noticed was the address is wrong. The original house is 112 Ocean Ave., and now it’s 412 Ocean Ave..
So yeah, I do pick apart movies and compare the remakes to the originals. I just don’t understand how can they base something on true events, when they can’t get their storyline straight. Also, if you’re wondering if I think the house is haunted or not, I honestly don’t think it is. The reason for me saying this is because if something is true, the story would typically be the same. Also, from what I’ve seen online, people live there now. So, it can’t be all that bad like the movie lets off.
Anyways, the graphics in this version are really great. You are now able to view Jodie as an actual ghoul, instead of just the little girl talking to herself and chairs moving on their own. Due to them adding these graphics and making the movie more entertaining, it’s what made me enjoy it.
I’m not sure if you would like this part better than the original but I can say this… if you enjoyed the original, you’ll probably like this one, as well. If you haven’t seen the original version, I would recommend watching that one first. I’m just happy to see another decent Amityville movie was made. After seeing parts 3 through 8, it makes you dislike the series. So, it was a nice addition.
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