Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.
The Amityville Horror left me with mixed feelings. I wanted to love it but there were so many things off I just couldn’t get into it.
The movie opens with a scene of the couple in bed and the youngest kid coming in the room and asking George what he is doing to his mommy. Then a dialogue ensues during which the kid asks him if he has to call him daddy now. The thing is, the couple is married. So they had to have been dating before, right? Shouldn’t this conversation have taken place before? I always felt that the guy just got there, what with the mom asking her kids to give George a chance, which is so weird because, again, they’re married, even if recently.
The movie develops very well, with a couple’s very real concerns with money and beautiful footage of the move-in. And then it begins getting sloppy again. I never figured out who did what. Both adults seemed to always be at the house except to run errands. The husband is supposed to have a ‘business’ which he runs from the basement but I never got what it was.
There’s just too much sillyness going through the movie for me to take it seriously. The man is clearly a threat to her kids when he is in the house and never once did Kathy ask him why he behaved like that when they were out, or try and approach the subject at all. Towards the end, she starts running around like crazy instead of getting help. Seriously, you just figured out there is major evil at play here and you go and face it on your own?
There’s suspense, there’s definitely horror and there is so much potential for a good story here, particularly with the connection between Chelsea and Jodie, what is afflicting Jodie, the explanation for the evil, the degeneration of the the main character throughout the movie and even the house/grounds themselves.
Reynolds was so good in his role but as the narrative didn’t flow and everything felt staged it just didn’t deliver.
Another horror let down for me.
For the record, I did not watch the original version. Maybe it’s better.