Amityville vs Amityville

In the past decade or so, Hollywood has completely run out of original thought, almost exclusively in the genre of horror. As the demand is strong for good scary movies, filmmakers are remaking more and more classics.  I know none of this is news, but with that my introduction, I will be comparing various remakes with their classics. Today I took a look at The Amityville Horror movies.

If you’re not familiar with the story, basically the Lutz family moves into a new house, the house is haunted or possessed by evil spirits that drove the previous resident insane, causing him to murder his family in their sleep.  The evil now begins tormenting George Lutz, as he inches closer and closer to bringing the same gruesome fate upon his own family.

So here are the facts :

*the original Amityville Horror film was based on a best-selling novel of the same name by author Jay Anson. At the time of the film’s premier the story was widely accepted as true. (Since then, many have come forward stating facts that dispute the Lutz’s story.)  Either way, the film grossed 86 million bucks at the box office, and spawned 7 sequels along with 2 remakes.

*The Amityville Horror 2005 remake grossed over $108 million. The film was produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company (The same company is also responsible for such remakes as Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm St.)

Here’s the opinions :

*The OG Amityville Horror is a classic that emphasizes on storytelling rather than badass effects. True talent is needed to achieve tension and suspense in the audience without the abuse of gore or pimping the creepy monsters for cheap shocks.  This being said, there are times when the film can get kinda slow. (Possibly due to repeated viewing on my part.)  Regardless, the 1979 Amityville Horror is a classic that has withstood the the test of time and maintained its popularity with younger generations.

*The 2005 remake of Amityville adheres to the original story, and for that maintains some integrity.  Ryan Reynolds stars as George Lutz. No matter what role I see him in, he always adds an element of Van Wilder to his characters. The filmmakers have done their homework, even keeping elements of the original dialogue. There are a few instances where the original story is compromised, mainly making “Jodi” a little girl ghost instead of a pig demon.   The integrity fades as the abuse of CG turns the film into an action packed Michael Bay flick.

All in all, the remake of “The Amityville Horror ” isn’t too bad. (at least by remake standards)  definitely worth a view.

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One Response to “Amityville vs Amityville”

  1. I believe the original was a Canadian production…go Canada!

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