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.
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.
Con idas y venidas, "The Amityville Horror" posee más buenos momentos. Maneja la atmósfera, esconde al enemigo, manipula la mente perturbada y posesa de un asesino que reencarna. "The conjuring", de James Wan, le debe mucho a este filme.
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.
Pretty pointless film that wastes a solid cast. The fact this was a huge success just kind of goes to show that the post Star Wars US cinema output and its wide acceptance by the public was a bit of a head scratcher. Think of all the garbage that was successful in the 80s and 90s while quality films went unnoticed? Terrible film and a sign of things to come...Avoid