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New or Old Amityville?
on 2 September 2005
I went to see this remake of the Amityville Horror back in June at the cinema, before seeing the original 1979 film. I didn't know what to expect and as horror films go, the new Amityville Horror will keep you on the edge of your seats. Fans of the original may have a different reaction however, as the storyline has been changed slightly to suit the modern day audiences with familiar modern horror traits. The original was much more in keeping to the "true story" and the house in the 1979 classic was virtually identical to the real house on 112 Ocean Avenue.
If you don't know the Amityville story, it is basically about the Lutz family who move into the house in Amityville, Long Island in 1975. Two years previously there had been 6 gruesome murders in the house as Ronnie DeFeo had shot his parents, sisters and brothers with a shotgun at 3.15am. At his trail, Ronnie said "voices in the house" had told him to do the shootings and it becomes apparent that the Lutz have the same feelings about the house. The film builds up to the dramatic climax on day 28 of the family living there, when after one terrific night of horror, the family flee the house, leaving all their possessions.
The 2005 version has a completely different house, more traditional gothic looking "haunted house" than the original. Compared to the original film, there is a lot more gore, and graphic images.
The original film is a classic and fans of haunted house films must see it. The remake actually stands up remarkably well against its original however (unlike other recent re-makes) and is a very enjoyable watch. It is more of an edge-of-your seat horror with lots of jumpy parts.
An identical remake it may not be, but the 2005 Amityville Horror will certainly open a whole new generation to the compelling "true story"