The Amityville Horror
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The Amityville Horror
"For God's sake, GET OUT!" was the ad campaign for the 1979 shocker The Amityville Horror. The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who move lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners. Variations of the Seven Deadly Plagues emanate from virtually every household fixture, while other forms of otherworldly mischief are suffered by the Lutz children. Enter kindly Father Delaney (Rod Steiger), who does his utmost to exorcise the house. The Amityville Horror was frequently… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pack of flies swarm all over Father Delaney -- then again, given Rod Steiger's howling performance as the priest, it could just be that the flies like reeking ham."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Yeah, it's not good."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"...certainly looks a whole lot better when compared to its sequels."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It made HOW much?!"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"It was popular at the box-office, but was unremarkable as a horror film"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It once seemed creepy, but time has made it seem pretty contrived."
‑ Steve Crum,
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"All hype, no substance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Dry, dumb and periodically somewhat dull ... but still packs enough of a haunted house whallop to warrant a skeptical visit."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"An astonishing number of fumbled frissons"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A middling horror entry from 1979 that's a masterpiece when compared to the dreadful 2005 remake."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"worst of all is the gore, of which there really isn't any... that rare horror film that has a body count of zero"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Dated by todays standards, but still some effectively creepy moments."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"really more about the deep-seated, primal fear of family members inflicting violence on each other than it is about ghosts and demonic spirits."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
More reviews for The Amityville Horror on Rotten Tomatoes

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