My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

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For the first time, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. This is a gripping documentary that details the struggle behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and shows that while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are all too real.
Edition: DVD Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780788616907
0788616900
Branch Call Number: 133.42 M99
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.

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alicat1
Aug 13, 2018

One man's account of his experience in the haunted home.

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Hudson75
Aug 08, 2016

In my opinion this movie was a complete waste of time. I don't believe the house in Amityville was ever haunted! Mr. Lutz may have memories of horrors incomprehensible to a ten year old boy, but they're not of the supernatural realm. His horrors come from a neglectful mother, and a tyrant of a stepfather. His adamant refusal to take a polygraph speaks volumes to me. The man is in desperate need of medical help. I hope that one day he can come to terms with his demons.

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VHiggins
Nov 03, 2015

If you're looking for a supernatural, spooky film to watch -- this is not it! This is a disjointed portrait of an angry, abused child who grew up to be an understandably angry man. SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT:

The most ironic part is Danny truly believes what happened was supernatural, yet almost everything he says debunks the Amityville Horror myth. If you've ever owned an old country home, you'll know hundreds of flies can breed in the walls in winter, brackish water, sewage smells, electrical problems, windows that slam down unexpectedly, and malfunctioning garage doors can all happen. Danny also confirms that the violent, abusive behaviour George Lutz blamed on the Amityville house occurred long before and continued long after living in the house. As well, Danny had witnessed Mr. Lutz's claims of supernatural powers and experiences before Amityville too. Also, we learn that the psychic who most backed up their story in the media was a very close friend of Kathy Lutz.

Overall, this is a documentary with poor production values, confusing editing, and is also poorly researched (at least 2 of the DeFeo kids woke up during the mass murder). This documentary is disturbing only because it interviews a angry, damaged man who was physically, psychologically, and emotionally abused as a child by his monster of a stepfather and a mother who could not or chose not to protect her children.

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Salem63
Feb 19, 2014

In 1997/98 I lived in a haunted apt in Vancouver. We actually had a medium come and we spoke with the spirit off and on for over an hr using a method called "dousing". Anyway, while I lived there I went to the library and re-read "The Amityville Horror". There were things that were happening to us in our apt that had happened to that family in Amityville. So whether you think the story is bogus or not, I know that "ghosts" are really because I lived with one. Btw, she was not a calm spirit and tried many ways to get us to leave. We last 10 months.

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Basileus
Feb 18, 2014

Back in the '70s, the Amityville hauntings was a huge story with bestselling book and movie. While in general it is considered that it was a hoax perpetrated by the parents, no one seems to have talked to the kids involved, until now it seems. This is less a story trying to prove or disprove the hauntings, but dealing more with the effect of the intense media speculation on those who lived through it. The movie never proves Daniel is lying - that is left up to the viewer. But it does present some arguments on how it is entirely possible these memories might have been planted. It also speculates that if the haunting indeed was true, there are reasons why it only happened to this one family and no one else who has lived there. Anyone interested in the mythos of the Amityville legend should probably check this movie out.

aaa5756 Nov 23, 2013

One word can sum up this movie DUMB. If it was supposed to be scary. It didn’t scare me. I suppose it was meant for adolescent girls 12 and younger.

ravenheart Aug 30, 2013

If you're considering watching this, know that in the last scene of this "documentary", Danny Lutz declines to take a polygraph exam. In fact, he not only declines it, but he gets very mad at the mere mention of it, and says that he's going to have words with the filmmaker off camera as a result of "having some sh*t pulled on him" in regards to the mention of the polygraph. I already thought he was a bullsh*tting liar just based on his delivery up to that point, but the response to being asked to take the polygraph virtually guarantees that he is lying. I seriously wouldn't waste your time with this nonsense.

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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