The Amityville Horror

April 15th, 2005


The Amityville Horror

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A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.8/10 (38,009 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Andrew Douglas

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett

George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into a house that was the site of a horrific murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and try to keep the horror in the past. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What now follows is 28 days of sheer terror for the family.

Writers: Scott Kosar, Jay Anson

Ryan Reynolds - George Lutz
Melissa George - Kathy Lutz
Jesse James - Billy Lutz
Jimmy Bennett - Michael Lutz
Chloë Grace Moretz - Chelsea Lutz
Rachel Nichols - Lisa
Philip Baker Hall - Father Callaway
Isabel Conner - Jodie Defeo
Brendan Donaldson - Ronald Defeo
Annabel Armour - Realtor
Rich Komenich - Chief of Police
David Gee - ER Doctor
Danny McCarthy - Officer Greguski
Nancy Lollar - Librarian
José Taitano - Stitch

Taglines: What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained.


Official Website: MGM [United States] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 15 April 2005

Filming Locations: 1500 Busch Pky., Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $23,507,007 (USA) (17 April 2005) (3323 Screens)

Gross: $108,047,131 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Except for the attic windows and the vaguely Dutch Colonial style, the reproduction of the house does not resemble the actual house in Amityville as it was at the time the events were said to have taken place. Also, because of huge tourist interest in the house, the original house has been altered and is now less recognizable.

Anachronisms: No North American house built in the 1600s would have a basement, even less one as tall as shown in this film. It would more likely have a root cellar and not one that extended the full footprint of the house.

[first lines]
The House: Catch them! Kill them!

User Review

good fun horror

Rating: 10/10

My advice: Don't see the 1979 version first, don't think about it too hard, pretend it's not based on the "true story", and just enjoy this great horror film. It may not be a timeless classic, but its fun. The thing I liked best about this one is that everything makes sense. There's no cliffhangers or overly complicated mystery that never gets explained. It's just 89 minutes of very frightening ghosts popping up and some surprisingly appropriate acting. In fact, I would say this movie has one of the most petrifying ghost scenes ever.(The boy in the bathroom!)The costumes/makeup were really good too. Also, I loved Ryan Reynolds in a scary movie. I thought his quirky style was a perfect complement to the cast. He makes a smooth transition from Van Wilder to Blade 3 to Amityville because he seems to just be himself.


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