The story of The Amityville Horror film (released in 2005) revolves around a newly married couple- ‘Kathy and George Lutz’ along with their three children. Soon after their marriage, they move into their majestic and beautiful brand new home in Amityville, New York.
As they move in with pride, they discover some strange and demonic inhabitants prevailing inside. But what’s the mystery behind such a suspicious phenomenon prevailing there? Well, unbeknownst to them, a murder took place long time back in their house.
The horror film is written by ‘Scott Kosar’ and directed by none other than ‘Andrew Douglas’. Do you know The Amityville Horror is actually based on the novel by Jay Anson? Well, not only this, it’s a remake of the film released in the year 1979 (on the same novel).
The story proceeds further with some alleged horrifying experiences that the couple starts having, only after they plan to settle down in their house on Long Island. But they’re unaware that some fresh sort of troubles are waiting for them in the house. But who committed the murders? Well, as per the reports, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. is known to have committed the murders. He killed 6 members of his family way back in 1974.
Movie Name: The Amityville Horror (2005)
Released Date: April 15, 2005 (Limited)
Directed By: Andrew Douglas
Written By: Scott Kosar
Duration: 89 minutes
Casts: Ryan Reynolds (George Lutz), Jimmy Bennett (Michael Lutz), Melissa George
PLOT– The entire story is based on the murders committed by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. in the year 1974. He allegedly killed 6 members of his family at their residence in Amityville, New York. Now, after one year, the couple Kathy and George Lutz plan to enter the house along with their three children. The children are from Kathy’s last marriage and are named Chelsea, Michael and Billy.
After they enter the house, they start experiencing some awkward and abrupt paranormal activities. For example, one of their children, Chelesa says that she just befriended a girl by the name Jodie. She’s among those who are already murdered by DeFeo in 1974.
As the plot deepens further in The Amityville Horror, it goes more intense. One night, George and Kathy Lutz decide to go out and hire someone by the name Lisa, as a babysitter for their kids.
But after Lisa enters the house, she remembered to have given the task of babysitting by DeFeos in the past. Now, Lisa tells the couple about the murders that took place in the house earlier.
At this time, she prepares to go to Chelsea’s room who eventually tells her that she’s a bad babysitter and doesn’t know how to take care of the children. She even claims that Jodie has told her.
After listening all this, Lisa starts scolding Jodie as she was the one responsible for the loss of her job on the earlier occasion. Lisa was fired from the job of a baby sitter last time by DeFeo. Now, Billy, who’s listening all this, dares her to proceed inside the closet (where Jodie was murdered).
Soon, she gets locked inside the closet. A few seconds later, Lisa herself encounters Jodie and begs her to free from her captivity. Now, Lisa seems unable to bear all this and goes into a shock. Soon paramedics staff take her away. On her way to hospital, she confesses Kathie to have seen Jodie.
The Amityville Horror (2005 film) sees abrupt behavior from George
Now, the film The Amityville Horror goes more terrifying due to the continuation of paranormal activities. At this time, George’s behavior towards Kathy and her children becomes more abrupt and insane. Kathy, now in a hope to settle down everything calls the local priest.
She only wants the priest, ‘Father Callaway’ (Philip Baker Hall) to bless their house and to prevent them from any such abnormal activities. But, the priest doesn’t succeed preventing paranormal activities, but flees from the spot after encountering such incidences.
At this time, Kathy somehow manages to discover that the house originally belonged to someone by the name ‘Reverend Jeremiah Ketcham’. He’s a preacher and responsible for all his evil actions during the 17th century that targeted Native Americans. These evil actions are known to be the center cause of all such paranormal activities in the house.
Kathy already knows about George’s sudden and abrupt behavior owes to a more intense spiritual possession. She gets advice from the priest to take her children to a safe place, but the possessed George wants to kill all of them. But he doesn’t succeed in his ambitions, as Kathy manages to knock him away from the house.
Eventually, George comes back to his senses and releases himself from the spiritual arrest. Finally, they leave the house and never returns. As they leave, Jodie is seen screaming and standing alone in terror, but eventually pulled inside the floor by unknown and disembodied hands.
Box Office collections of The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror released in the year 2005, and opened no less than 3,323 screens in the entire US on 15th April, 2005. However, the real George Lutz denounced the film as “drivel” and was suing the filmmakers at the time of his death in May 2006.
The movie earned a whopping $23,507,007 on its starting weekend. It was successful ranking, top at the domestic bx office. The film is known to have earned a gross collection of $65,233,369 (in domestic markets) and $42,813,762 (overseas markets). Overall, it collected a whopping $108,047,131.