The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

Stuart Rosenberg (1979)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This barely watchable schlock horror film is based on Jay Anson's allegedly true bestseller about the Lutz family and their Long Island dream house that's possessed by ghostly squatters. Oozing black mud in the cellar and swarms of flies in the parlour signal a few harrowing moments, as valiant James Brolin and Margot Kidder continually battle the evil spirits. Meanwhile, an overblown religious subplot unfolds starring Rod Steiger. Although bafflingly a box-office hit, director Stuart Rosenberg's tepid chiller never matches the flesh-crawling terror contained in Anson's book.


A newlywed couple buy a creepy old house, which they hope to turn into their dream home. However, after moving in with their three children, the building's grisly past begins to impact on the present and evil paranormal forces start to strike. Supernatural horror, based on Jay Anson's book, starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger and Don Stroud.

Cast & Crew

George Lutz James Brolin
Kathleen Lutz Margot Kidder
Father Delaney Rod Steiger
Father Bolen Don Stroud
Amy Natasha Ryan
Greg KC Martel
Matt Meeno Peluce
Jeff Michael Sacks
Carolyn Helen Shaver
Director Stuart Rosenberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray