Film Review “My Amityville Horror”

myamityvilleDirector: Eric Walter
Starring: Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, Neme Alperstein
Distributed by: IFC Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 86 minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Growing up less than 10 minutes away from “The Amityville Horror” house, I have always been interested in this “haunted house”.  We used to take trips to the house numerous times throughout the year. Was it real? Was it a fake? Either way it is still history and has influenced everything from books to films over the last almost 40 years.  This film is a very intimate chat with Daniel Lutz, who was 10 years old when him and his family moved into the house after the murders that took place just 13 months before. “My Amityville Horror is a well-crafted documentary and an interesting look into the life of Daniel Lutz both past and present. Fans of “Amityville Horror”, should definitely check it out.

Official Premise: For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathy Lutz’s story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable.

The interviews with Lutz, who is now in his 40’s, are very honest. He seems very damaged from his experience but then again who wouldn’t be. There is also no bullshitting with this guy. You can tell that he has a hard time talking about his experience.  If you are looking for any secrets revealed, this film doesn’t offered any new evidence or information.  But I found it very interesting to hear it first had from someone that lived through the events that occurred to the Lutz family. Whether they are true or not, I would like to think that they were true. I mean you almost feel bad for this guy but he does tell his story quite well.



Comments

  1. Reminds me of the time the Mikes tracked down the house at Halloween and took some pictures. I felt bad using a flash but then I thought, “Hey….it’s Halloween and you bought the Amityville Horror House….what did you expect?”

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