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The Amityville Horror

Mystery . Drama . Thriller . Horror

A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder.

Actors: Jesse James , Melissa George , Ryan Reynolds , Chloë Grace Moretz , Jimmy Bennett , Rachel Nichols , Philip Baker Hall , Isabel Conner , Brendan Donaldson , David Gee
Directors: Andrew Douglas
Country: USA
Release: 2005-04-15
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  • Kevin Thomas

    The film is a terrific scare show, fast and furious, made with a lot of style and energy, packing plenty of jolts yet never lingering morbidly over horrific images. It is anchored in strong characterizations, and its plot develops with chilling psychological suspense. It's such a skillfully made entertainment that its plunge into the supernatural is persuasive even for the skeptical.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    This remake stays close to the eponymous 1979 horror movie it's based on, except for being precisely 10,000 times scarier.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    I got exactly what I expected: Scared and tickled, within an inch of my life.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Much meaner remake, starring Ryan Reynolds (quite good).

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Shorter and punchier but nearly as hokey as the original.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The good news is the updated version is scarier than the original, thanks to snazzier special effects, a shorter running time, moody lighting, a few solid jolts and one icky moment involving a bratty babysitter and a closet. The bad news is the film rehashes every horror movie cliché you can imagine.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Why remake a horror film if you can't make it scarier?

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    With his beard and '70s clothes, Reynolds looks like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Before things go precipitously south, he gives an endearing performance that proves he's ready for far more substantial roles than Van Wilder.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    The truly shocking thing about the new version is that it's not bloody awful.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Amityville Horror fails as a movie, but, if you are searching for are a few good scares, you'll find them here.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Nicole Perri

    The new film is also sleeker, sexier, and, thankfully, shorter than the original.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    There are some genuine scares to be had here, and not just of the “Boo!” variety.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The remake simply replaces the laughably dated horror tropes of the 1979 version with a commercial-slick J-horror aesthetic that's sure to look just as silly to audiences in another 15 years.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Ng

    A Xerox so tattered and faded that it's impossible to determine who's to blame for the overproduced mediocrity before our eyes.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Yes, there are more cheap shocks this time around, and they're fun to watch, but you'll have forgotten most of them by the time you make it out to your car.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Low-key creepy rather than outright scary, the new Amityville marks a modest improvement over the original, partly because, from acting to bloody effects, it is better executed.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Begins slavishly faithful to its low-key 1970s predecessor then sledgehammers auds with a numbing succession of shock edits and over-the-top horror effects.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Extraordinarily faithful to the spirit of that creaky, derivative, fly-infested, don't-go-in-the-attic boofest.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    All this is out of the Haunted House 101 textbook.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman


    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    First-time feature director Andrew Douglas, whose advertising background is evident in every frame, brings lashings of style but no sense of real horror to the recycled script.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Images seem to be grafted into the film that have little to do with the actual story.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Benjamin Strong

    Melissa George's performance has more Lady Macbeth in it than Kidder's.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Result? It's not scary, just busy.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The latest cannibalization of a popular older horror film.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • William Arnold

    As far as these things go, the film's violence is not outrageously excessive.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Shoddily made, boring and, most shockingly, without a single decent scare.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    A sustained if wildly uncoordinated assault on our senses, complementing those feverish jump cuts with a cliché of equally stunning proportions

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    As a symbol of what some filmmakers and some studios think the public will buy, it's a horrific piece of work. How dare anyone put this piece of c--- in front of me. How dare anyone put it in front of YOU. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I'd like to tell you about the remake of The Amityville Horror (MGM), but I ankled after less than five minutes. It was something about the little girl holding the stuffed animal getting blown away with a shotgun at point-blank range.

    Slate Full Review
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