So I had never seen any version of The Amityville Horror, so I didn’t really know what it was about other than a haunted house. I was expecting this movie to be really good and pretty scary. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t scary.
The biggest issue I think was an issue a lot of haunted house movies face, which is that literally all of the family’s problems (related to haunting) would end if they would just leave the house. We know this is true because the movie doesn’t really resolve anything, the family just leaves. It’s also another case of a story where the husband inexplicably starts acting crazy (I guess from the ghosts?) and scary, which can be annoying in how stereotypical it is. Granted, this movie came out in 1979 so what’s stereotypical now maybe wasn’t then. But still, just leave the house!
I was expecting this movie to get a few jumps out of me, but for the most part it was just kind of boring and way too predictable. I’m sure this has something to do with the story being pretty well known, and the movie being relatively old, but I was very disappointed. I also feel like I might have seen this before? Or maybe I just watched the remake? I’m not sure, but I really hope the next horror/suspense film we watch is The Changeling. I always really liked that, and George C. Scott is one of my favorite actors.