• The Amityville Horror (1980)

The Amityville Horror

Release Date: July 27th, 1980

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2000

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Chiller about a family who is terrorized by supernatural forces when they move into a new house in New York State which was the scene of a recent mass killing and the home of an 18th-century satanist. When swarms of flies appear from nowhere and the pipes and walls begin to ooze slime and blood, they call on a local priest to exorcise the evil spirits.

Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Genres: Horror

Production Co: American International Pictures (AIP)

Keywords: Husband, Police officer, 1970s, Dark, Wife, Marriage, Murder, Escape, Rescue, Mystery, Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The problem with The Amityville Horror is that, in a very real sense, there's nothing there. We watch two hours of people being frightened and dismayed, and we ask ourselves... what for? If it's real, let it have happened to them. Too bad, Lutzes! If it's made up, make it more entertaining. If they can't make up their minds... why should we? show more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Films about haunted houses have come a long way since the days when things simply went bump in the night, but The Amityville Horror may make you wish things would get back to basics. Peppered with visual red herrings, fast editing and cheap shocks, this is a product that promises an apocalypse of horror, delivers a few vague samples, but trails to an ending without providing a meaty climax. [28 July 1979]

  • 50
    Nick SchagerSlant Magazine

    Of all the questions raised by The Amityville Horror, the most vexing one revolves around the external range of a haunted house’s supernatural powers. Because while it makes sense for a demonic abode to slam windows shut on small children’s fingers, let loose with swarms of buzzing flies, and turn bearded wood-chopping fathers into homicidal paterfamilias, it’s not quite as clear why such a structure would have the ability to sabotage the brakes of a sedan driving on the highway, or to cause a woman’s briefcase, sitting on her car’s passenger seat, to magically burst into flames. show more

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