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At Theaters: 4/15/2005 On Video: 10/4/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449907
Studio: MGM Pictures
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The police received a frantic phone call that led them to a residence in Amityvill. An entire family had been slaughtered in their beds. A boy confessed to the shootings and claimed that voices in the house drove him to commit the murders. One year later another family moves in. Nightmarish visions and haunting voices cause them to abandon the house.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Horror - Like the original film, this is a haunted house story, but in keeping with the times this is far more fast-paced, effects-heavy, and graphically violent. Those looking for a serious exploration of the allegedly true story won't find one here, as the main objective is to serve up jumpy frights.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ryan Reynolds BLADE TRINITY, THE IN-LAWS
Melissa George TV's - ALIAS
Philip Baker Hall MAGNOLIA
Director: Andrew Douglas Debut Feature Film
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 6 F-words, 3 S-words, 7 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with no nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings; rough hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some marijuana and alcohol.
ACTION: Chasing and fighting.
COMEDY: Some darkly comic dialogue and situations.
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Below Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average The Amityville Horror fails as a movie, but, if you are searching for are a few good scares, you'll find them here. It's a good date movie if all you're interested in is clutching or being clutched.

USA Today Full Review
Poor In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 94 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
High
92%
13-19Teens (F)
22
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Fairly Low
81%
30+Adults (M)
12
Fairly High
83%
30+Adults (F)
13
About 50/50
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 94 moviegoer opinions. Let's start with teens. Over three-quarters thought it was great, both males and females. Only a few didn't care for it. So for teens I highly recommend "The Amityville Horror."

A little better than half of the twentysomething males thought it was great, but unfortunately quite a few didn't enjoy it much or even hated it. That's not too good. The ladies didn't care for it as much as the guys. Only a little better than a third truly enjoyed it. Fortunately, most of the remaining ones thought it was an OK/average movie, with just a few hating it. So for this age group I would urge a little caution. Quite a few of you may be a little disappointed.

Now for the adults. Most of the guys rated it as an average to above average movie, which isn't too bad but it's a little low. I could only recommend it to big fans. As for the ladies, about half of them enjoyed it very much but the remaining half only rated it as average to below average. That's not very good. For adults this movie is going to be a bit of a risk unless you're a big fan. The good thing is that only a small percentage actually hated it so most will find it, at least, somewhat enjoyable.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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