Monday, 1 April 2013

A-Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Amityville

The Amityville Horror
"In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and Kathy's three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonial house in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutzes moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there." (Wikipedia)

Article about the documentary by The Daily Mail's Tom Leonard

My Amityville Horror

After nearly 40 years of refusing to talk to the media about his experiences in The Amityville Horror house,  Daniel Lutz, the real-life son / step-son of Kathy & George Lutz, features in a new documentary My Amityville Horror. In the documentary, Lutz discusses the family's time in in the house, his step-father's occult dabbling and exorcisms performed by priests, among other things.

Whether or not Lutz is telling the truth (or at least believes that he is) is still up for debate, but he states that he "didn't want to be the Amityville Horror kid" and has tried to avoid it all these years. He also says that he wanted someone to believe him, which is understandable, but I can't help feeling that the dramatic music and shot styles used in the documentary just play on the horror movie aspects of the story and do little to further his credibility. Perhaps it's just done for the trailer, in order to lure in fans of the genre though.

This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, 2013.
Full list of A-Z blogs after the cut below!


  1. I love your theme! The original Amityville movie was very scary, and Ive seen several documentaries about it. I'm not an A-Zer but I'm a big Horror fan.
    Great post! :-)

    1. I agree that the first Amityville movie was good, even if the sequel wasn't, haha. Do you remember the titles of the other documentaries? I've never seen any before. I always seem to end up watching ones to do with The Exorcist and other supernatural "based on a true story" films.

      Thanks for stopping by :)


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