The Amityville Horror (1979)
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George and Kathy Lutz, a newly married couple with three children, movie into their beautiful new house in Amityville, New york, only to discover the house already has demonic inhabitants.
"For God's Sake, Get Out!"
Title: Amityville Horror, The
Release Date: July 27, 1979
Runtime: 117 mins
All Genres: Drama, History, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A
MPAA Rating: R
James Brolin ...George Lutz
Margot Kidder ...Kathy Lutz
Rod Steiger ...Father Delaney
Don Stroud ...Father Bolen
Murray Hamilton ...Father Ryan
John Larch ...Father Nuncio
Natasha Ryan ...Amy
K.C. Martel ...Greg
Meeno Peluce ...Matt
Michael Sacks ...Jeff
Helen Shaver ...Carolyn
Amy Wright ...Jackie
Val Avery ...Sgt. Gionfriddo
Irene Dailey ...Aunt Helena
Marc Vahanian ...Jimmy
Elsa Raven ...Mrs. Townsend
Ellen Saland ...Bride
Eddie Barth ...Agucci
Hank Garrett ...Bartender
James Tolkan ...Coroner
Carmine Foresta ...Cop at the House
Peter Maloney ...Newspaper Clerk
Charlie Welch ...Carpenter
J.R. Miller ...Boy
Patty Burtt ...Girl
Michael Hawkins ...New york State Trooper
Richard Hughes ...2nd New york State Trooper
James Dukas ...Neighbor (as Jim Dukas)
Baxter Harris ...Cop #2 at the House
Michael Stearns ...Policeman
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Samuel Z. Arkoff
More Movie Taglines:
- "For God's Sake, Get Out!"
- The best-selling novel about a haunted house... has become real!
- The House: GET OUT!
George: [talking to the presence in the house] What do you want from us? Goddamnit, this is *MY* house!
[the wedding/food caterer confronts George with the bill in the men's room] Caterer: Look, the deal was cash. You know? Cash. George: [washing his face] The cash was lost. You gotta take a check. Caterer: I don't like checks. Let me tell you something about checks. Checks get cancelled. Checks bounce. Checks is not cash. Cash is cash. George: You listen to me, pal. I don't like lectures and I don't like being hassled in the men's room. I'm going to write you a check. Either that's good enough for you or you're going to eat your own goddamn food.
Kathy Lutz: She was shot in the head.
Sgt. Gionfriddo: Maybe I am just chasing shadows.
- The outdoor scenes of the movie were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island, but rather Toms River, New Jersey. Local police and ambulance workers played extras.
The Toms River, New Jersey volunteer Fire Company Number One was used to provide the "rain" during one of the exterior scenes. If you look closely, you can see that it is sunny and not "raining" in the background, the next street over.
This film's theatrical success was followed by two theatrically released sequels - Amityville II: The Possession (1982) an official sequel/prequel; Amityville 3-D (1983), not an official sequel; and five direct-to-video low-budget sequels released from 1989 to 1996. Then there's The Amityville Horror (2005), based on the book written by Jay Anson.
Jay Anson who wrote the book "The Amityville Horror" actually wrote out a screenplay for this film only for the producers to turn it down. Eventually they found Sandor Stern and liked his take on it so he was hired for the job.
James Brolin was hesitant when he was first offered the role of George Lutz. He was told that there was no script and that he must obtain a copy of Jay Anson's novel and read it as soon as possible. Brolin started the book one evening at seven o'clock and was still reading at two o'clock in the morning. He had hung a pair of his pants up in the room earlier and at a really "tense" part in the book, the pants fell down from wherever they had been hanging. Brolin jumped out of his chair, nearly crashing his head into the ceiling. It was then that Brolin said, "There's something to this story." He agreed to do the movie.
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