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The Amityville Horror (1979)

Horror | 118 minutes
2,80 303 votes

Genre: Horror

Duration: 118 minuten

Alternative title: De Bezetene

Country: United States

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Rod Steiger

IMDb score: 6,2 (44.495)

Releasedate: 26 July 1979

The Amityville Horror plot

"For God's sake, get out!"

A diabolical, invisible force has gripped a newlywed couple's dream home. The family enlists the help of Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) to drive away the evil spirits. However, the cleric soon finds out that his church does not support him and that he can do little himself. The couple seems to be at the mercy of the terrible past of the previous residents.

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avatar van Alathir


  • 2070 messages
  • 1590 votes

Really not to watch this movie. It amazes me that so many remakes or sequels have been made. There is nothing to do at all, the atmosphere is barely recognizable and the tension is far away. A few very mediocre horror elements can be found but it is excruciatingly boring.

James Brolin's acting is incredibly passive as if he was playing against his will. There's just no energy in this movie and it radiates on the viewer who is watching it reluctantly. Don't get involved here ladies and gentlemen, it's a waste of your time!

Just 1* for some sound effects and the beautiful legs of Margot Kidder.

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avatar van Shadowed


  • 8476 messages
  • 5312 votes


A classic of its kind in the meantime and a status that is not entirely undeserved. For the more recent viewers this won't be very scary or noticed at all, but I was still able to get through it despite there being some tough bits in it.

I went into the movie pretty blind and was amazed to see Brolin and Kidder like this. Kidder is definitely a favorite of mine and Brolin did a really nice job as well. The other roles were a bit less, with Steiger as the negative outlier. What a silly role that was, like he was acting on the wrong set.

The atmosphere is nicely portrayed in the first hour of the film and the house already has a certain threat right away. Now it's up to the film itself to do something fun with it, but that doesn't quite happen. The atmosphere is not retained for the full and slightly too long playing time of 117 minutes.

After an hour, the film falters because the craziness, chaos and tension cannot be contained. The movie takes some cheesy twists and turns and the ghost doesn't really want to impress either. The atmosphere starts to dilute and then you have a slightly duller film in front of your retina. It's a shame because the movie was going pretty well.

In the finale, the film returns, but by then it is actually just too late. The 40 minutes before that are a bit tougher and less interesting. Those details such as a demon friend of the children are also annoying in the meantime and the tension is not always built up neatly. Nevertheless, it manages to have a nice atmosphere in the end and the first hour combined with the final is a fine duo. Here and there the film is a bit silly and tough, but in general quite doable.

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avatar van Noodless


  • 9213 messages
  • 5839 votes

The Amityville Horror is based on events surrounding the Lutz family that took place in the famous haunted house in Amityville. The advantage of this ghost film is that the director does not opt for exaggerated scares, but opts for a patient build-up with a gloomy atmosphere that only gains strength as the climax approaches. Convincing roles of Margot Kidder and James Brolin. 6/10

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