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Amityville Horror 1979 and 2005 films
on 25 November 2008
To answer the question as to what is on this 2 dvd set:
Amityville Horror (Dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1979) and Amityville Horror (Dir. Andrew Douglas, 2005).
Amityville Horror (Dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1979): The Long Island colonial house on the river's edge seemed perfect. Quaint, spacious and affordable, it was just what George and Kathy Lutz had been looking for. But looks can be deceiving...and their new dream home soon becomes a hellish nightmare as the walls begin to drip blood and satanic forces haunt them with sheer, unbridled evil. Now, with their lives - and their souls - in danger, the Lutz's must run as fast as they can from the home they once lived...or fall prey to its terrifying power!
Amityville Horror (Dir. Andrew Douglas, 2005): On November 13, 1974, Suffolk County Police received a frantic phone call that led them to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. Inside the large Dutch Colonial house, they discovered a horrific crime scene that shattered the landscape of the typically peaceful community: an entire family had been slaughtered in their beds. In the days that followed, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., confessed to methodically shooting his parents and four siblings with a rifle while they slept, claiming 'voices' in the house drove him to commit the grisly murders.
One year later, George (Ryan Reynolds) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George) and their children moved into the house thinking they'd found their dream home. But shortly after settling in, bizarre and unexplainable events began to occur -- nightmarish visions and haunting voices from an evil presence still lurking within the house.
Confused and frightened by her daughter Chelsea's cryptic interaction with an imaginary friend named Jodie, Kathy struggles to hold her family together as George's increasingly strange behavior finds him spending days and nights in the basement of the house, where he soon discovers a passageway to a mysterious and gruesome 'Red Room.' With lucid visions and evil voices swirling through George's head, the house comes alive in a terrifying climax that finds him carrying out the spine-chilling events that would become forever known as The Amityville Horror.
Based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz, The Amityville Horror remains one of the most terrifying stories ever because of one small fact -- it actually happened. 28 days after moving in, the Lutz family abandoned the residence, lucky to escape with their lives. Now 30 years after the shocking events that inspired a best selling novel and one of the most popular horror films of all time, come revisit the house that started it all: The Amityville Horror.