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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
    0
    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 54
  2. Negative: 13 out of 54
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    6
    An okay remake of the original, but the problem is Reynolds. He portrays the character too stiffly, without a sense of possession. He's more cardboard than killer. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    5
    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
  3. Oct 30, 2010
    4
    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
  4. May 29, 2011
    3
    Movie haunted mansion coolest I've ever seen, even that could be used a little more home to more herror, but it's still a movie that puts fear. I wouldn't put my feet in this house. Expand
  5. May 20, 2013
    1
    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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