A major box office hit on release that had many buying into the 'based on a true story' nature of its narrative. Though pretty dated at this point the film does offer some memorable moments including its unhinged turn by lead James Brolin and the over acting of Rod Steiger. Hard to believe this was once thought to be scary though.
The only thing I found even remotely creepy were the extreme close-up facial shots of the fly faces, rubbing their grimy mouth pieces and twitching about right into the camera. Insect stuff like that, especially this high-def, has always grossed me out. In all honesty, the cinematography is quite remarkable, but it doesn't save an otherwise banal and paint-by-numbers horror film that goes on far too long.
An excellent and very suspensful horror classic, based on the Lutz family's supernatural experiences. It has a slow and intriging pace which adds tension and claustrophobia to the viewer, more and more as it goes on. Full marks too, to Lalo Schifrin who wrote the much imitated 'Lullaby' theme.
Entretenida y llena de ese encanto antiguo que tenía el cine de horror de la época. En algunas secuencias se siente demasiado forzado el efecto de quiebre para generar sobresalto en el espectador, fuera de eso estamos ante una cinta con escenas brillantes donde se prefiere el uso de la música y los primeros primerísimos planos para generar una atmósfera tensa al contrario de utilizar entes con elementos grotescos.
It's incredibly frustrating when a highly interesting premise (especially if it's based on a true story) is botched big time. I really wanted to like this, but there's very little to like besides the occasionally creepy atmosphere and Brolin's portrayal of a father slowly losing himself. It's like the makers of the film didn't even care about their own work, just that Lutz's story could be cashed in as a movie.
This pointless film plods along without much happening that's even worth thinking about. A couple of creepy scenes and hilarious moments of overacting are not enough to make it anything special. Why is this considered a classic? Oh yeah, it was based on a "true" story. The writing of the original book -- now THAT would make an interesting movie! Of course, the awful remake makes this one look like a masterpiece.