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Amityville Horror [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Most horror movies establish an atmosphere of normality, which they gradually rupture with spooky or creepy or stomach-churning images. The Amityville Horror--a remake of the 1979 movie about a possessed house that torments the family that moves into it--tosses normality out the window in the first five minutes, unleashing a nonstop barrage of unsettling camera angles, decaying wood and stained wallpaper, half-glimpsed shadows in motion, fast edits of grotesque ghosts, and dozens of other horror-movie devices. Whether you like the movie will depend on whether you like feeling slightly nauseated and cut off from any semblance of reality--for many people, that's why they go to horror movies. Others won't be able to suspend disbelief that anyone but an actor would spend the time necessary to develop Ryan Reynold's insanely buff physique, prominently displayed as he runs around wearing nothing but a pair of loose-fitting pajama bottoms. In addition to Reynolds, the movie also features Philip Baker Hall and Melissa George. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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"
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