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The Amityville Horror (2005)

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Jeff Nelson

I won't deny that The Amityville Horror (2005) has its moments, but they aren't quite enough to make up for the cons

The Amityville Horror (2005)
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Horror films have been being remade for quite some time now. This is the filmmaker's attempt to modernize the film for audiences. What's an even bigger reason they're made? They couldn't come up with any other original concepts and wanted to pull some money in. Despite me enjoying The Amityville Horror (1979), most audiences didn't care too much for it. Does the remake bring the film to mainstream audiences without losing the message?

A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the location of a grisly mass-murder. The writers didn't tinker with the plot too much. However, there are quite a few scenes added that weren't seen in the original. As expected, the script is cliché with an predictable plot turns. The material is certainly there to make an eerie haunted house film. However, it just wasn't used to its full potential here. The brutality definitely is increased from the original, but the terror that was in the 1979 version is lost here. There are a lot of jump scares, but nothing more than that. The original is known as slow-burn horror where it takes its time to build the suspense and be creepy throughout. The Amityville Horror (2005) is too busy trying to make viewers just jump.

Bad acting or a horror flick can make or break any fear the movie has going for it. The performances here are acceptable. Nothing fantastic, but could have been much worse. Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James, and Chloe Moretz are the main cast. Ryan Reynolds isn't particularly known to be an actor in much else other than comedies. Melissa George is a good actress who may not always pick the greatest films to be in. Nobody here sticks out above the rest as the cast all seem on the same level. Chloe Moretz has become an actress on the rise gaining popularity in the industry. This introduces Chloe Moretz's debut to the big screen. There's nothing fantastic here, but is alright for what it was.

With Michael Bay as the producer, you better believe that the visuals will highly take over the film. One of the huge things that sets this apart from the original is the brutality. There is a lot more violence here that may split viewers. The symbolic house doesn't take as large of a role in the film as it did in the original. In the 1979 film, it almost felt as though the house was a character of its own. While the house is still creepy, it doesn't take as large a role as it did previously.<{> There was definitely some things that could have been done with the original. However, not enough was done with the remake. The atmosphere and mood that was given in the original is completely gone here. The screenwriting is below average, the acting is acceptable, and the visuals look good. There are times that I wish the filmmaking society could go back to the time where atmosphere, mood, and tone actually mattered in cinema. Currently, visuals are the biggest concern. For those still interested in checking it out, go into it expecting a movie that looks good with nothing else behind it. I won't deny that The Amityville Horror (2005) has its moments, but they aren't quite enough to make up for the cons. Not terrible, but a bit below average.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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