The Amityville Horror (1979) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1979
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Cast and Crew: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, Natasha Ryan, John Larch, K. C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver, Amy Wright, Elsa Raven, Marc Vahanian, Ellen Saland
  • Director:  Stuart Rosenberg
  • Screenwriter:  Jay Anson, Sandor Stern

The Amityville Horror (1979) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Simina = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.2 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.9 / 10

The Amityville Horror (1979) Synopsis:

A recomposed family buys a house in which the previous owner killed his own family. As they move in, they start to experience the strange, unsettling phenomenon.

The Amityville Horror (1979) Review:

The Amytiville Horror is a good example of an old movie that is still very scary today! It is also one of the films that contributed to the success to the haunted house genre, along with House of the Haunted Hill (1959) and The Haunting (1963), and there are a lot of elements from this movie which were reused later for modern horror films. For example, Paranormal Activity 3 features many similar scenes from this film: the people locked in the closet, the imaginary friend, the bite marks.

Now, the movie itself is really great. The house itself has a really creepy look with these top windows set as two demoniac eyes. The paranormal events themselves are done without any special effects but are quite convincing. The well of blood, for example, is a stunning scene.

The characters are very aggressive, especially Georges (who is played perfectly) and The Amytiville Horror features a lot of shouting and animosity, creating a very stressful ambiance.


The end is a bit awkward, stopping in the middle of the action, creating a feeling similar to the one you may experience if the waiter removed your plate in the middle of your meal.

Still, it is a must watch for people who enjoy paranormal movies.

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