Watch: The Amityville Horror 1979 123movies, Full Movie Online – Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house’s history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, “Houses don’t have memories,” but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But satanic forces in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the forces are planning to possess George and then the children..
Plot: George Lutz and his wife Kathleen, move into their Long Island dream house with their children only for their lives to be turned into a hellish nightmare. The legacy of a murder committed in the house gradually affects the family and a priest is brought in to try and exorcise the demonic presence from their home.
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OLD FASHIONED HORROR!
Excited about the remake I decided to go out and just but the original Amityville Horror. Being a huge horror buff, I just had to and besides I had only seen some of it’s absurd sequels. hearing mixed reviews from friends and critics from terrifying to hilarious I turned it on with my boyfriend at the time and prepared myself for something scary. I must say that I was quite impressed. And although slightly disappointed in some of the films scenes ultimately I must say this is one old fashioned scary flick! I can hugely recognize the appeal it had in it’s it’s hey day. With the exception of Texas chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead, the Omen and some others I rarely see what people did in their horror classics nowadays. Like The Exorcist, pretty damn boring and funny in my opinion. But getting back to this film. It builds a creeping mood filled with fright inducing suspense. The effects are simple but effective and the performances are somewhat over the top but necessarily wacky. The film’s overall lasting appeal has little to do with the film’s apparent campiness. it has more to do with the real terror inducing legend that inspired it. Like the Chainsaw remake the new ones looks to amp up the horror and intensity which would be greatly welcomed. Although a great horror classic Amityville’s finale is somewhat anti climactic and after a long and impressively scary build-up it fails to deliver the end goods. But whoa some of the scenes from the imaginary friend Jody flying out the window, to the visitor at the door, to the voice in the house and just everything in the basement this film is all about delivering some authentic chills. 8/10
Fairly good haunted house horror
Haunted house movies seem to be tricky. Most of them stink. An obvious highlight is The Haunting (1963, not the remake) and a film called The Legend of Hell House, a British chiller I find immensely enjoyable and suspenseful. It just seems to be a very difficult task at making a house all that creepy.
The Amityville Horror scared the living daylights out of me when I was a kid. When the house said “Get out” I did, the living room anyway. But many years, and horror films, later I could make it through the film without it giving me nightmares. I found out that it’s actually not that scary. But still I find it pretty good and I always enjoy it, multiple viewings don’t ruin it for me.
It’s got a very creepy beginning. When the house’s history is revealed early on, the creepy mood is set in motion and is admirably sustained for most of it’s screen time. The side story, involving Rod Steiger as the Priest, is mostly worthless and should have been scaled down (the one thing that the remake did better). But overall the eerie atmosphere is well handled, the house does take on a personality (those eyes still stay with me) and there are some genuinely creepy moments floating around. Of course the ending is a let down, every haunted house movie except for The Haunting doesn’t seem to know exactly how to end on a high note.
I’ve always thought that James Brolin was pretty underrated in his day. He’s a fine actor and gives a good performance here. His descent into madness is well handled.
Overall I think The Amityville Horror is a very decent horror film, it’s certainly better than the remake.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Director Stuart Rosenberg
Writer Sandor Stern, Jay Anson, George Lutz
Actors James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 8 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Stereo, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Movielab, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,295 m (1980) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2022 remaster), Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm