the amityville horror
We frequently disagree with mainstream critics on their critiques of horror films. It seems as though the majority of entertainment journalists are not able to accept horror films for what they are intended to do: scare the audience and entertain. Not every horror film is meant to be taken seriously or to make a profound statement and we think that’s ok.
It’s a well-known fact that many motion picture studios are fond of milking a cash cow until it is dried up and keeled over. Perhaps more so than any other film genre, horror sequels have a tendency to deteriorate to the point of almost unwatchable direct-to-DVD nonsense. The inverse can also occasionally be true: studios leave money on the table instead of making a much demanded sequel to a franchise that still has life and potential left in it.
The thrill of a good horror movie is feeling immersed in the intensity of a dangerous situation, all the while knowing that it’s all just a work of fiction. But what happens when that rush of cinematic fear is prefaced with “based on a true story?” You no longer have the comfort of calming your nerves with “it’s all just make-believe.” For movie studios, the hype that surrounds a horror film that claims to be based on a true story results in box office gold.
Though we wholeheartedly enjoy a good haunted house film, we would be more than a little reluctant to spend the night in any of these famous movie homes.
Below you'll find the trailer for IFC Midnight's new documentary from filmmaker Eric Walter 'My Amityville Horror.' For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz's story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today.