The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror (1979)

Supposed true story about George and Kathleen Lutz whose dream house turns into a nightmare. James Brolin and Margot Kidder are the unsuspecting new tenants of a house whose previous occupants had been murdered in their sleep. The Lutzes… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dull and disappointing, the best that can be said for The Amityville Horror is that it set a low bar for its many sequels and remakes.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

'70s horror movie hasn't aged well; violence and peril.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

It has scattered moments all throughout that acquit themselves well as, if not top-shelf horror, then at least second-from-the-top.

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Emanuel Levy

It was popular at the box-office, but was unremarkable as a horror film

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Steve Crum

It once seemed creepy, but time has made it seem pretty contrived.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Its pacing is off, there are too many go-nowhere subplots, & it seems just to come to a clunking halt at the end [but] the film's lack of commitment to any single reading of its narrative architecture is precisely what makes it so uncanny.

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Fernando F. Croce

An astonishing number of fumbled frissons

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A middling horror entry from 1979 that's a masterpiece when compared to the dreadful 2005 remake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This incredibly dull horror movie is nothing but a terribly concocted series of bizarre events that have no relation between one another, and it goes for the… More
Aj V
A great modern version of a haunted house story, it's got a lot of really creepy scenes. I liked it.
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El Hombre Invisible
This movie gets no respect but doesn't deserve any. Not really scary and not very thrilling. James Brolin's slip into dementia, or whatever the… More
Alex roy
The Amityville Horror is really the perfect horror film for the horror rookie. I found the film pretty scary, but not too scary. It's not Exorcist scary.… More
Cassandra Maples
Excited about the remake I decided to go out and just but the original Amityville Horror. Being a huge horror buff, I just had to and besides I had only seen… More