Rate/Comment on The Amityville Horror (1979)

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Rate/Comment on The Amityville Horror (1979)

  1. 10

    2.4%
  2. 9.5

    2.4%
  3. 9

    7.1%
  4. 8.5

    11.9%
  5. 8

    7.1%
  6. 7.5

    4.8%
  7. 7

    14.3%
  8. 6.5

    9.5%
  9. 6

    9.5%
  10. 5.5

    2.4%
  11. 5

    14.3%
  12. 4.5

    2.4%
  13. 4

    2.4%
  14. 3.5

    4.8%
  15. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. 2.5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. 2

    2.4%
  18. 1.5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. 1

    2.4%
  20. 0

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. eric_angelus

    eric_angelus Testacular

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    7. I have always loved this movie. I find it very creepy. I admit it has flaws, but I think it does a very good job at attempting to be realistic and understated...unlike the remake.
     
  2. Myron Breck

    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Yeah, it was all the rage with me and my friends as kids and when I finally got to see it I was bored out of my mind. I've seen it probably 3 or 4 times over the years since then, hoping "I'll like it this time, or at least get a good laugh" but it has yet to deliver on any count. I even bought it hoping that money would make me like it more. :lol: Didn't work.
     
  3. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

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    Count me among the few who still love the original Amityville, but in some respects I prefer part II The Posession. This is very much due to the presence of Burt Young (the Rocky series, Blood Beach). I thought the 2005 remake was one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. It felt like an MTV production and Ryan Reynolds just kept posing and flexing his muscles. Yawn. :sleepy:
     
  4. dwatts

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    The remake, which I watched last night, was far superior to the original :)
     
  5. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    Am I on the crack or do they not show the pig ghost in the this flick? I just watched it again for the first time in 8 years and I would have sworn that there was some sort of weird pig in this movie, but I didn't see it.
     
  6. Agent Z

    Agent Z "Get to the river...

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    Jody is seen
    by red eyes glowing outside a window and, in a brief shot towards the end of the film, George Lutz sees the actual pig staring out the window at him from the second story of the house.
     
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  7. Gore Lunatic

    Gore Lunatic Violenza Carnale

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    As far as I can remember, the pig ghost wasn't in the movie just a couple of red eyes looking in through a window. It made more of a cat sound than a pig sound I think. You might be thinking of the "real" story of the Amityville Horror where the Lutz family claimed they kept seeing a pig lurking around and leaving footprints in the snow around their home. They also claimed they saw the pig flying around. Weird.
     
  8. Gore Lunatic

    Gore Lunatic Violenza Carnale

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    Wow, I'll have to watch the ending again I don't remember that scene.
     
  9. Agent Z

    Agent Z "Get to the river...

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    Jody Spoiler
     
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  10. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    Well I think I have figured it out. I saw a pic like that in a thread on some forum along the way. The version I watched was VHS and in that very scene something hit me that I was missing something, but nonetheless never thought much of it. I couldn't even make out anything in the window on my video. Ahhhh good ol' VHS. I guess watching a flick twice in 8 years doesn't exactly beg for an upgrade, especially since I have a few VHS movies bought 8 years ago (and a few hundred more on DVD in the past 4 years) that haven't been watched yet.

    Thanks, I knew there was a pig somewhere. For some reason, I thought it was floating in a basement scene. It's weird how the mind plays tricks on you. I remember seeing Ghost Story when I was 7 and until about a year ago when I watched it again, I would have swore the movie ended with the ghost struggling in a basement of some haunted house and screaming. That is nothing like the real ending!
     
  11. RyanPC

    RyanPC Guest

    Yeah, the pig is hard to see in the VHS version. I didn't even realize it was there until I watched the crystal-clear special edition DVD!
     
  12. Bobbywoodhogan

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    Not the best, the remake was much better.
     
  13. MrVess

    MrVess Guest

    If there's a horror film whose poster could be placed next to a dictionary entry of "meh!", this might be the one. It's not horribly bad, it's certainly not good... it just is.

    That said, I did find the "red eyes" scene effective. I suspect it's all thanks to Lalo Schifrin, though.

    By the way, while the Lutzes did initiate the hoax, old Jay A. was (ahem... "allegedly"...) its chief engineer. He concocted the final version, he set the whole story in momentum... and he made the majority of the money on the whole scam.
     
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  14. Anthropophagus

    Anthropophagus Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by this thread, I just tried to watch it and fell asleep within thirty minutes. Not a special film for me by any means.
     
  15. BrianR1982

    BrianR1982 New Member

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    I don't care what anybody says, the first three Amityville films are gold.
     
  16. Noto

    Noto Guest

    5.5 - It's enjoyable, but it holds no place in my heart.
     
  17. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I originally voted a 5, but... the more I watch the film, the more I really think it's so impressively shot, photographed, and edited. It's schlock as a story but, visually it might be a great deal better than its schlocky subject matter.
     
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  18. Matt89

    Matt89 Well-Known Member

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    ^ kind of agree with that. It was one of the first horror films I ever saw so it's nostalgic for me. But yeah I think it's quite beautifully shot, has a really tense atmosphere and I love the score. The overacting is a little much though and the story is bland and kind of ridiculous. Also it should've been about 90 mins, not 120.

    I'd give it a 6.5.

    ~Matt
     
  19. Harry Warden

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    8.5 - one of my favorite haunted/possessed house flicks.
     
  20. hots4

    hots4 Dogs In White

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    The second is my favourite, even though it does rip a few things from the Exorcist, I think the first is enjoyable, quite creepy, more of a slow burner, a solid 7.
     

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