10/27/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – The Amityville Horror (1979).

First of all, apologies for the later-than-normal posting today. Went to a Halloween shin-dig last night and am still recovering. Ugh… Love this season. Anyway, we’re coming in on the home stretch before the magical day, so time to pull out a few classics. I’d say the original Amityville Horror is pretty damn classic. You’ll find this one on most of the “greatest haunted house movie” lists, and for good reason. I’d say it has by far the most recognizable actual house. Those windows that resemble eyes were the greatest thing to ever happen to this flick. It’s a visual that sticks with you. The movie follows the true story of the Lutz family as they move into their new home. True stories always up the ante. They’re a newly married couple (played by James Brolin and Margot Kidder), but it’s not their first marriage. Margot is bringing three kids into the equation — instant family. So already the odds are stacked against their new stepdad… well, it’s about to get a lot worse. They house they move into was the site of a series of murders. The man who committed them said the voices in the house made him do it, and now it appears the house is slowly changing new stepdad Brolin into a meanie as well. The kids better watch out or he’d gonna axe them all. Plus, it’s not just the stepdad. This house sure hates God too. Priests go blind and are attacked by flies. Nuns instantly get sick and have to run out to barf. Hell, somehow it has the power to control the priests’ car, and can even make one go blind! That’s a dick house. Anyway, I’ve always loved this movie. James Brolin slowly becoming a super jerk is fun to watch, especially since his growing anger seems to always be shown through chopping wood. There are some really fun “haunted house” aspects too. There are the aforementioned flies, which are a constant threat of grossness. There are the voices, which you can hear at times. The toilets fill with black fluid. The walls literally drip blood. This house has issues. And once they finally discover the “red room” below the stairs it all gets worse. Here’s the scoop, yes, the explanations may be a bit all over the place, but that’s kind of the point. Many people never believed the stories of the Lutz’ and think the filmmaker kind of threw out a bunch of potential reasons instead of nailing down one. There’s the Indian burial ground explanation, the former Salem Witch satanist’s house explanation, and even a lot of pathway to Hell stuff. But at the end of the day, you’ve got a classic haunted house flick from the 70’s that’s a lot of fun. It’s still so iconic that it was featured as the Warren’s latest investigation at the beginning of The Conjuring 2. And with that eye window imagery, it’s not going anywhere. Look at the over 10, mostly unofficial (not to mention very mixed result) sequels it spawned. I more than likely won’t be including any of those, so enjoy this one instead.

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