The Amityville Horror
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The Amityville Horror
This film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who move into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners. Enter kindly Father Delaney, who does his utmost to exorcise the house.

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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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