The Amityville Horror

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The house as it really looks.

GET OUT

The Amityville Horror is a 1979 horror film based on a novel by Jay Ansen. It chronicles the (supposedly true) events that befell the Lutz family, who moved into a house in Amityville, Long Island, only to move out 28 days later, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena there.

They discover that the house was the scene of a multiple murder, when the previous owner, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., had shot and killed six members of his family on November 13, 1974. During their stay in the house, the Lutzes start to experience various phenomena that tell them that whatever malevolent force drove DeFeo to such violence might still be there...

It was followed by a series of sequels and a remake:

  • Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
  • Amityville 3-D (1983)
  • Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989)
  • The Amityville Curse (1990)
  • Amityville: It's About Time (1992)
  • Amityville: A New Generation (1993)
  • Amityville Dollhouse (1996)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005; remake)
  • The Amityville Haunting (2012; by The Asylum)

Tropes used in The Amityville Horror include:

General

The Novel

The Movie

  • Cat Scare: George Lutz, lost in thought, is playing with one his cigarettes when suddenly a cat pops up in his window and scares the hell out of him.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Inverted. George feels cold everywhere, except in the evil basement of doom.
  • Get Out!:

House: GEEEEEEET OOOOOOUUUUUUT....

Amityville II: The Possession

Amityville 3-D

Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes

The Amityville Curse

  • In Name Only: It only takes place in Amityville, and is set in a completely different haunted house which has nothing to do with the titular home at all.

Amityville: It's About Time

  • Everybody Lives: The cursed clock brought from the original house causes a Reset Button Ending to avoid getting destroyed in an explosion, only to be destroyed by the Final Girl, who retained her memories of everything the clock caused before it can do it again.
  • I'm Melting: Happens to Lisa's boyfriend, Andy.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Rusty winds up killing his sister, Lisa in self-defense after the house possesses her. He sticks a stereo jack in her mouth, then turns the stereo on and electrocutes her.
  • Odd Friendship: Rusty and Iris.
  • Title by Number: Also known as Amityville 1992.

Amityville: A New Generation

Amityville Dollhouse

The Remake

The Amityville Haunting

Unsorted

  • Animated Adaptation: There was actually an animated "documentary" made of the original Amityville Horror movie.
  • Indian Burial Ground: According to the the crazy psychic lady, the Indians dumped their crazy people on this land to die and that the bodies are still there, effectively making it an Indian Burial Ground, even though they didn't bury the bodies.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The hidden room under the house is different between films, but unpleasant and crazy anyhow.
  • Scare Chord