In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz move into an elegant home on Long Island with their three children. They do not know, however, that the year before that, the house was the site of a terrible mass murder. They decide to keep the house and try to preserve the horrors of the past, but now they are haunted by a murderous presence. This is until George starts acting weird and their daughter Chelsea starts seeing people. What follows is 28 days of pure, unbridled terror for a family with demonic visions of the dead. Based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz.
The Amityville horror movie remains one of the scariest haunted house stories ever told - because it actually happened.
In the first two-thirds, The Amityville Horror provides just that, a fast pace and some pretty effective jumps thanks to the use of cheap shock effects. As this is a remake, it can be forgiven for not inventing anything new or original. She's so familiar, haunted house, Daddy loses his mind, heads spin like Jacob's Ladder, weird shadows move fast and make insect sounds, and more than an overused ghoul girl (really, having a kid like that in another horror movie is idiotic and didn't even have a greater meaning in this particular movie).