The Amityville Horror
The shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining...
In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and th
There are many more films based on the idea of this particular house being haunted, however. In addition to the two official adaptations, there are numerous unofficial sequels and spinoffs:
Damiano Damiani's 'Amityville II: The Possession' - 1982, based on the book 'Murder in Amityville' by Hans Holzer
Richard Fleischer's 'Amityville 3-D' - 1983, an original screenplay
Sandor Stern's 'Amityville: The Evil Escapes' - 1989, credited as an adaptation of the John G. Jones short story collection of the same name but in reality an original story similar in concept to the book's
Tom Berry's 'The Amityville Curse' - 1989, based on the book of the same name by Hans Holzer; the book was set in "the" house but the movie is set in a different haunted house in Amityville
Tony Randel's 'Amityville 1992: It's About Time' - 1992, another original screenplay in the vein of the stories from 'The Evil Escapes'
John Murlowski's 'Amityville: A New Generation' - 1993, same as above but without crediting the book
Steve White's 'Amityville Dollhouse' - 1996, an original screenplay
Geoff Meed's 'The Amityville Haunting' - 2011, an original screenplay
Andrew Jones' 'The Amityville Asylum' - 2013, an original screenplay
Mark Polonia's 'Amityville Death House' - 2015, an original screenplay that just uses the name of the town
John R. Walker's 'The Amityville Playhouse' (AKA 'The Amityville Theater') - 2015, an original screenplay
And finally, Franck Khalfoun's 'Amityville: The Awakening' which is yet to be released; an original screenplay, it was filmed in 2014 but delayed multiple times for reshoots and re-edits, and is currently scheduled for release on January 6, 2017.(less)
1. On 13 November 1974, a murder occurred in the home known as "High Hopes," located at what was then 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. The victims of the crime were the DeFeo family: Ronald Sr., Louise, and four of their five children; Dawn, Allison, Mark and John.
2. Ronald "Butch" DeFeo, Jr., eldest son of the DeFeo family, burst into a local bar in town that night around 6:30PM, asking for help.
3. Butch DeFeo was later tried for and ...more
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That's not why it gets one lousy star anyway. It gets one star because I think it was written by a twelve year old. The writing was so bad that it distracted me from the absolutely ridiculous story. There was just no life in the story at all. I mean, the gho ...more
Though I never plan to read this book again and will promptly be donating ...more
I knew some about The Amityville Horror from pop culture. I don’t think I have ever seen the movie all the way through, but I have seen parts of it. I am familiar with the house with windows like Jack O’ Lantern eyes. I knew it was a tale of possession and haunting. A story of terrors beyond imagination – terrors that only usually exist in the imagination of horror writers and filmmakers. But this really happened!
Or . . . did ...more
Now, I was compelled to finish, but if it weren't for Ray Porter's narration I might not have.
This isn't great writing, but the story is interesting as hell. All these years later I'm still wondering how much of this actually happened. ...more
The Amityville Horror is a book whose reviews are all over the place. On my friends list I have ratings from 1 to 5 stars all across the board. I wasn't sure where I would fall in relation to my GR buddies.
I listened to this one on audio as it was one of the 3 books that appealed to me and was available through OverDrive. It was a quick listen and I really enjoyed the narration.
I watched the movie in my teens and there have been so many of them made I really don’t know which one I watched or h ...more
"No way, I don't believe in ghosts.”
It seems the reading world is clearly divided about this book.
The common question obviously being: is this actually true? I would like to add another question to the equation: does it actually matter?
To some extent, it does. The extent to which this novel will scare you correlates directly to (a)whether you believe the events depicted here are true and (b) your religious orientation. Personally, I’m still reserving judgement on jus ...more
I don’t even know where to begin. I fear this may be a long, chaotic mess of thoughts, so please bear with me, or skim, or totally ignore.
I’ve always been fascinated with the occult. The Exorcist (both the book and the movie, RIP Mr. Blatty) scared the hell out of me, pardon the pun. It still does. Every. Single. Time. And I love being scared. I love horror movies, haunted houses, Ouija boards (even though my husband forbids them), and Halloween. I love Halloween so much it’s my wedding ...more
The facts are these:
On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, situated in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November 1975.
In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claimi ...more
I was in my twenties the first time I tried to read this, and although I was reading a lot of horror, for ...more
I first read this back when the movie came out. The first movie. So I was pretty young, maybe 11 or 12. I remember liking it pretty well.
Unfortunately, on this re-read I suspected the author might also have been 11 or 12 when he wrote it. The story is excellent and very creepy. Whether a true story or a hoax, it's very compelling. The flaw in the story telling almost ...more
Ahh, I'll stick with the movie. It's better and scarier. =)
(The original! Not that dreadful remake.)
It was okay and I was initially spooked but quite honestly it became overly repetiitive and I lost interest.
If this had been fictional...ahem...or shall I say not in a non-fiction style (dry and conventional) then I might have engaged with this more.
All the elements for a great story were there but the style of it drained all the horror and intrigue.
The writing style didn't really wor ...more
If you are unfamiliar with the Amityville Horror, this story is about the Lutz family. On December 18, 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved into a very large colonial house at 112 Ocean Ave. Long Island. They lived there for 28 days before they fled.
Backstory, this is said to be a true story. As in, these people are real. They actual ...more
So what are facts? In December 1975 t ...more
The Amityville Horror is a true story about the Lutz family. In November 1975 a man called Ronald DeFeo shot and killed his Mum, Dad and Siblings at their home in Amityville, Long Island. A year later George and Kathy Lutz brought the property at a bargain price. George, Kathy and their 3 children lived in the house for 28 days before leaving the house claiming it was haunted.
There has been a lot of debate about the Amityville Horror over the years. I believe in ghost ...more
I read the book in 1978 and before the film came out. It was the first time I couldn't wait to see the movie after it came out. There were 3 of us friends who read the book at the same time, and couldn't wait until opening night in ou ...more
It started off really well, with a great eerie and dark feel to it. But sadly towards the middle/end it turned into the ridiculous and laughable.
I'm still happy I read this novel, since the movie adaptation is a great Halloween classic...But I definitely prefer the movie in this case!!! ...more
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He began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was as ...more