The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newly weds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house but it ends up in terror.
Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the home's history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, "Houses don't have memories," but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house.
But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very ill.
George and Kathy with the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective they face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children...
The story may or may not be true, but there is no denying the fact that the story is creepy and effective. James Brolin (who looks uncannily like Christian Bale) is great as Lutz, the man who is slowly being overwhelmed by the house.
It's not a scary film to watch, in fact it's quite funny in some scenes, but it's just the after effect the film has, and it makes you think. Not much happens on screen, it's the fact that Lutz poses such a threat throughout the movie is what makes the film so tense.
With great support from a very beautiful Kidder and Rod Steiger, the film is highly underrated, and is complimented by a very good remake too.
Plus it includes the funniest vomit scene ever committed to film.