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The Amityville Horror (1979)

by

Jeff Nelson

The Amityvile Horror (1979) is definitely recommended to those who haven't gotten the chance to check it out.

The Amityville Horror (1979)
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The haunted house genre seems to have faded in popularity over the years. I remember it being quite popular years ago, but now there aren't many released. The few modern ones that are made aren't very good. I remember and miss the great slow-burn horror that is The Amityville Horror.

George Lutz and his wife, kathleen, move into their dream house with their children. The legacy of murders committed on the premises affects the family. Many filmmakers believe that the way to scare viewers is to have something jump out and a loud sting occur. Everyone has been startled by the loud sting at one point or another in their lives, but it doesn't stick with you. The Amityville Horror (1979) uses what's called "slow-burn" horror to wear the audience down. It's very effective in doing so and gets very eerie. The screenplay isn't a masterpiece, but it's much better than most horror films of this genre nowadays. As the audience, we actually care what happens to our main characters and want them to survive their situation. The story gets very interesting and begins to get hard to peel your eyes from the screen. It's a shame that there are very few films made in this style nowadays.

Along with creating an eerie plot, the actors are able to make the creepy happenings even more eerie. Margot Kidder and James Brolin are both great. Margot Kidder has always been convincing to me in this type of role. She expresses fear well and sends chills up and down my spine. James Brolin delivers on his performance, as well, and mirrors Margot Kidder well. Brolin and Kidder have chemistry on screen that feels real.

What's slow-burn horror without a blood-curdling atmosphere? The house itself is iconic. There aren't any explosions or car chases, but this film gets very intense. Is this film terrifying to the point where you can't sleep? No. However, it's sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It's a creepy horror flick that's rather memorable. The Amityvile Horror (1979) is definitely recommended to those who haven't gotten the chance to check it out.

My Rating = Four Stars

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