Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newly weds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house but it ends up in terror. Not aware that a murder took place in the house several years back, George and Kathy turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very ill. George and Kathy with the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective they face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children...
The movie often manages to create an atmosphere of eeriness and evil, without ever really showing a ghost (except toward the end). Unfortunately, there's at least as many poorly executed sequences as effective ones. But if you can look past the shortcomings, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is a decent haunted house movie with some good moments.
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