Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Day 24: The Amityville Horror (1979)
A Month of Horror
I have always wanted to do a marathon of "HORROR" throughout the month of October, one where I would revisit a new horror movie every day from the first to the thirty-first. I will revisit the classics as well as new entries into the canon. There are many movies that define this time of year, and I hope to showcase 31 of them this month...
October 24: The Amityville Horror (1979)
As a child of the '80s, there were few scarier grand myths than the story of "The Amityville Horror". The thing that made this one different, was that it was based on real life events, which made it entirely true to our impressionable, young minds.
"The Amityville Horror" not only features a timeless story of haunting and possession, but also a timelessly iconic haunted house that could be visited at any time, by any viewer of the film. It was a real place in a real town, and supposedly a real story.
The story of George and Kathy Lutz is one that has been widely publicized, and one that is widely derided as either a potential true story, or a pure fabrication. There is plenty of evidence to be found online suggesting that the Lutzs fabricated a haunting based on the murders committed by Ronald DeFeo, however, the fact vs. fiction elements of the story remain unresolved to this day.
"The Amityville Horror" is a classic story of good versus evil and tells the story of the Lutz family's battle against the evil forces that posses their newly purchased dream home. It is a creepy movie, filled with many of the classic elements of the haunted house picture.
Naturally, the evil presence first makes itself known to the youngest child in the family, but as the story unfolds, the parents, priests and more take up arms against the insidious forces that are calling the house home.
Like many films of its era, it has been followed by sequels and a half decent remake, but the original remains the best by far.
Tomorrow, I will be taking a trip to Scotland where things are potentially going to get real...