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THE MOVIE: The Amityville Horror

THE STARS:
Ryan Reynolds • Melissa George
DIRECTOR: Andrew Douglas

Not a good house to move into THE CONCEPT:
A year after an entire family was slaughtered in their beds, the Lutz family moves into the same house, and then bizarre and inexplicable events occur from an evil presence lurking within…

U.S. RELEASE: April 15 2005, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

ANDREW DOUGLAS:
“This easily could have been a more contemporary film. We would have saved money and time by not having period cars and period telephones. I think the inherited wisdom was that in some way the original film has so much equity and familiarity, that we wanted to tap into that for commercial reasons. We also wanted to be able to say, ‘Based on a True Story,’ because that has so much value in a Horror film. And it’s clearly elaborated on, and bent and twisted, and speculated, but there really were those grotesque murders, and there really was a scandal one year later where the place was considered haunted and the Lutz family left.”

REYNOLDS:
“The movie has all these supernatural elements to it, but I love the fact that I didn’t have to worry about that, that the director could shoot the horror film and I could shoot basically a movie about this guy who’s unraveling psychologically throughout the course of the movie. I really loved the notion of rage with this guy. He had this ability to burst and explode and not really know when it’s going to happen, and I just wanted to play that. It was just a weird compulsion.”

MELISSA GEORGE on the fact that Kathy Lutz died during the making of the film:
“She wasn’t well. She had a breathing problem and I never got to meet her. And then we were filming and we got an announcement saying she’d just passed away. She was only fiftysomething, very young. We didn’t expect it. It was very scary that she [died] during our filming. There were a lot of things that happened on the movie actually. We were filming at the boathouse and the police came by, and they said that they found a dead body that had just surfaced. We were like, ‘Awesome. That’s making everything much more comfortable in this movie!’”

DOUGLAS:
“To this day I don’t know if it was practical jokers, but the lights went on in the whole house in the middle of the night, and people lost equipment, strange things like that would happen while we were shooting.”

GEORGE:
“I like this character, because I like playing a strong woman. This was a difficult role because I felt like I was the audience seeing the movie, witnessing what my character was going through. I felt like I was responsible for what the audience was going to feel when they watch our movie. How Kathy Lutz is feeling is what they’re going to feel as well.”

REYNOLDS:
“I believe in dark energies, and anytime you’re in a house where something that tragic happened, I imagine you’re going to experience something dark; I know that this family did.”

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