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  • Summary: For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 15, 2013
    91
    The results are a disturbing mixture of paranormal ghost story and psychological unease.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 12, 2013
    70
    Whether it was all a haunting or a hoax is left unanswered, but the film leaves little doubt that Amityville's greatest source of evil was, fundamentally, parental in nature.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Mar 12, 2013
    63
    The film is a tender character portrait rooted in deep curiosity and sympathy for its subject.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 13, 2013
    50
    Walter has the case down cold and arrives at suitably ambiguous conclusions about terrors both real and suggested, but he gets there through a mix of dimly lit interviews and ominous underscoring that wouldn’t be out of place on an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries."
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Mar 18, 2013
    50
    This documentary plays like an extended episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” deficient as it is in stylistic zeal, investigative spirit and plain old scares.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 14, 2013
    40
    Lutz, who was a boy when his family fled the Long Island home, is full of belligerence in this chronicle of his family’s alleged run-in with a ghoulish home where a murder had occurred.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 14, 2013
    30
    These days, when paranormal-themed shows are all over television, Mr. Lutz sounds like just another guy peddling an unverifiable spooky story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 19, 2013
    5
    My Amityville Horror starts off strong but soon after Daniel starts pouring it all out, much of the tales seem unbelievable and ridiculous to the point of no return, making Danny a very unreliable source of information on the hauntings. Much more time is spent on trying to prove evil exists than the hauntings themselves, that is this documentary's biggest downfall. Collapse
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    2
    The producers of this interview/documentary hybrid try very hard to empathise with the subject Daniel Lutz. Unfortunately he and the other characters interviewed appear superficial and self-indulgent, all the while painting bigger demons of Daniel's family, atheists and agnostics than they do the supposed demons they claim haunted the Lutz family at the Amityville house. Expand