George (Reynolds) and Kathy (George) Lutz think they have
found their dream home but 412 Ocean Avenue in the picturesque Long Island
town of Amityville has a dark and bloody history. One year earlier on November
14th, 1974 Ronald Defeo, the eldest son, killed his entire family as they
sleep in their beds and he told the police that voices told him to do it.
The Lutz family choose to take a chance with the house but as soon as they
move in strange things start to happen.
Hollywood continues with its fascination of remaking already
successful or cult movies but can 'The Amityville Horror' improve on the
Based on the book by John Anson and the experiences of Lutz
family, this version of the tale has received the full Hollywood treatment.
With a much bigger budget, the terrifying, alleged true story of what happened
at 412 Ocean Avenue in 1974 can now be vividly brought to life. With all
the special effects wizardry and digital technology, we can now see the
horror witnessed by the Lutz family during their traumatic twenty-eight
day stay in that house but is this better than the original cult horror
movie? Yes it is.
While the original 1979 movie was well acted by James Brolin
and Margot Kidder, this version of the movie opens the story up a lot more.
Instead of concentrating on mainly George and Kathy, we now see the horror
from the three kids' perspective as well. Jesse James, Jimmy Bennet and
Chloe Mortez have a lot more to do as Billy, Michael and Chelsea than the
performers in the original ever did. Now we see more of Chelsea talking
with Jody, the boys discovering what happened in the house and how George's
deterioration effected the children. The performances of these three young
actors really bring the horror to bear, making the scares all the more frightening.
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George also rise to the occasion
as George and Kathy Lutz. Usually a more comedic actor, Ryan Reynolds gets
to show more of his talents as the tormented George Lutz. Here we see the
character slowly transform from a fun loving family man to a tortured maniac.
Many sceptics might have thought this would be a struggle for an actor of
Reynolds calibre but he proves that he could be a young actor worth taking
notice of. Melissa George gets the chance to showcase what she can do as
Kathy Lutz. As she witnesses her dream and family fall apart before her
very eyes, Melissa George gets the chance to show the talents that made
her so impressive in the third season of the hit TV show Alias.
If you know anything about what happened at 412 Ocean Avenue
you will realise that this is a slightly more Hollywood version of 'The
Amityville Horror'. The writers have fleshed out the background history
of the site where the house is built a lot more but you can't help but think
they have taken a lot of artistic licence by adding a bit more gore and
a villain. The special effects are very good allowing the filmmakers to
really go to town on the horror elements. This isn't all about gore however,
as most of the best scares are very quick via quick, flash cuts, optimizing
the frights and making you jump out of your seat.
The 2005 version of 'The Amityville Horror' is one of those
rare entities, a remake that is better than the original. With a much larger
budget, the alleged true story can now be told to its true horrific capacity.
Genuinely creepy and providing some excellent scary moments, this is a popcorn
horror movie that will have you hiding eyes with fear. Just don't watch
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented very well.
Audio Commentary with Ryan Reynolds and producers Andrew Form and
The star of the movie Ryan Reynolds injects some fun into this horror
commentary. The trio talk about the research behind the movie, to do with
the Defoe and Lutz families. They also discuss the role of Michael Bay
with the movie, the input of the director and how the film was shot in
chronological order. They also talk extensively about the history of the
land in Amityville and their feeling on the case. This is an informative
and fun commentary that offers a good insight into remaking a horror classic.
Deleted Scenes (7.47 mins)
Entitled 'Family toast', 'Kathy buys groceries', 'Kathy gives Chelsea
a bath', 'Charlie and his girlfriend visit George', 'Chelsea and Michael
argue', 'Kathy and George arrive to lightening flashing', 'Kathy and George
argue' and 'Original etch-a-sketch from Dailies', these deleted or extended
scenes have optional commentary by star Ryan Reynolds.
Supernatural Homicide (17.53 mins)
Former Amityville Police Chief Ken Greguski, Chief Medical Examiner for
Suffolk County Howard Abelman and Interpreter for the Dead Lorraine Warren
talk about the Defeo family massacre and what they think happened at 112
Ocean Drive on November 13th 1974. The trio discuss the case, what they
think were Ronald Defeo Jr. motivations and the strangeness of the murders.
The Source of Evil (26.28 mins)
Director Andrew Douglas, producers Andrew Form, Michael Bay and Brad Fuller,
screenwriter Scott Kosor, action coordinator Kenny Bates, production designer
Jennifer Williams and stars Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James,
Jimmy Bennett, Chloe Grace Moretz, Isabel Conner and Rachel Nichols take
you behind the scenes of the reimagining of 'The Amityville Horror'. The
cast talk about how they prepared for their roles, with the crew talk
about the research into the Defeo and Lutz cases. We also go behind the
scenes of the roof top stunt and see how Chloe Grace Moretz did her own
On Set Peeks
As you watch the movie, nine on set peeks are intercut into the movie,
showing how the scene was made.
Crime scene, house interiors and ghost and torture room design illustrations
from the movie.
Watch the trailer for 'Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo'
MGM have put together an excellent set of extra features of the release
of the 2005 version of 'The Amityville Horror'. With a good commentary
and featurette that cover the history behind the story as well as the
making of the film, this is a high quality DVD package, especially when
this is a single disc package.
Amityville Horror (1979)
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