A To Z – Amityville Horror

Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.

The Amityville Horror (1979)
IMDb Summary: Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
Cheese factor: Low
Gore factor: Medium
Creep factor: Medium
Could it happen? I don’t think so, some might
If you like scary movies, you’ve probably heard of Amityville Horror. Surprisingly, I had never seen this one until now. I don’t know why I waited so long. Supposedly, it’s based on a true story written about in a book by Jay Anson. I haven’t read it, but should add it to my TBR list. After doing this A to Z, I found that a lot of horror movies were based on novels or short stories. Since I love horror books too, I really need to check out more of these books.
The beginning moved kind of slow, but not enough to get bored since they threw in the weird happenings every once in a while. Of course it’s fun to see the 70s hair and clothes. And I totally kept waiting for the dad to break out in his rendition of Stayin’ Alive. It didn’t happen. Sorry, Mr. Gibb(x3).
After seeing this, I figured I should’ve had a character stupidity factor in the ratings because these characters definitely would’ve rated high.
First. Um, hello, who moves into a house where multiple murders took place?
Not me. And it doesn’t matter how cheap the house was. No way. And secondly, when the creepy stuff starts to happen, why do you stay? Why does it take weeks before you get out? This family stayed for almost 3 weeks despite the scary stuff that kept occurring.
I was surprised that nobody died. With as much as I’ve heard about this movie, I thought there would be some deaths. (The murders took place before the movie started.) Of course I’m not saying that horror movies need to have death to be good, but considering the setup for what happened, the massacre of a family, I figured something more would happen.
But all in all, I liked it and would recommend it.
Have you seen Amityville Horror and would you move into a house where murders were committed?

Other A movies I recommend: April Fool’s Day (another teen fave of mine)

10 Responses

  1. I love a good horror movie! I saw this one way back when and don’t remember it too well. I love the idea of a “stupidity factor” – too funny. 🙂

    Along the line of moving into a house where murders took place…saw SINISTER over the weekend. It was very good – more creepy and suspenseful than gory.

    Happy A-Z!

  2. I am a total wuss when it comes to horror movies. Even the silly, this could never happen, ridiculous ones I shy away from. I wouldn’t like in a house where I knew people had be murdered, at least not on purpose. I always wondered about the car my friend bought. She got a great deal because the past owner had killed himself in it. Um, I’m not driving in that thing.

  3. Yup, I’m the watch scary movies from under a blanket person. 🙂 So I haven’t seen this one, but the previews totally made me piss my pants scared.

  4. Seen it. I think at the time it was the scariest thing ever and now because os many of the effects are common place we’re sort-of jaded about it.

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