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  • Summary: Thirty years after the shocking events that inspired a best selling novel and one of the most popular horror films of all time, come revisit the house that started it all: The Amityville Horror. (United Artists Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 13 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 60
    Much meaner remake, starring Ryan Reynolds (quite good).
  3. 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.
  4. Why remake a horror film if you can't make it scarier?
  5. All this is out of the Haunted House 101 textbook.
  6. Images seem to be grafted into the film that have little to do with the actual story.
  7. Reviewed by: 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 55
  2. Negative: 14 out of 55
  1. Jim
    Apr 25, 2005
  2. RichardD.
    Oct 9, 2005
    A fantastic remake of the original movie. I did'nt leave my seat cause i was afraid that i'd miss somthing.
  3. ShaniquaN.
    May 10, 2006
    This movie was bomb! it scared the hell outta me! PROPS!
  4. Aug 27, 2012
    If you are looking for an ok movie to watch this could settle. The problem is that there is nothing original about this horror story. Everything that a horror movie has come to represent is presented in this movie. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2010
    I have not seen the original. This movie, it wasn't really that scary. It relied on jump scares, and creepy images, its just overflowing with cliches. But it had some potential going for it, then, it botched at the end. Honestly, i know it was based on true events, but it could've been executed much, much, better. Expand
  6. RyanM.
    Oct 7, 2005
    The DVD extra documentary is more interesting than this overproduced, cliche snorefest. Some parts stay accurate to the actual events, but some are obvious implants to add scare to the movie. Part of what makes this story so creepy, is that it isn't really clear what actually happened. Strange events following the original deaths are what make this story scary. Stay away and read the book if you want a scare. Expand
  7. May 20, 2013
    Just shocks after shocks.
    It's not scary, no it really isn't.
    Every 5 minutes you'll get a heartattack. The story is dumb.
    Not an example
    for a good horror movie! Expand

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