The Amityville Horror Movie Poster
  • Released
  • July 27, 1979
  • R, 1 hr 57 min
  • Horror
  • 4 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that The Amityville Horror is a 1979 horror movie about a family who moves into a house that holds some very dark secrets. This horror movie sticks closer to the "slow-burn suspense" side of things rather than being full of gore, but there are some moments of blood and death: A man walks from room to room in the house killing his family with a shotgun, and there's blood and dead bodies in bed. When the new family moves in, the mom has nightmares of her kids getting killed by an ax murderer. Most of the scares are of the "sudden startle" variety: a black cat shrieking in a window seemingly out of nowhere, for instance, or the sudden appearance of someone or something. It has lots of creepy imagery -- often religious in nature -- but also bleeding walls, flames, flies, and doors that open, close, and lock on their own. While scary for its time, the movie hasn't aged well, as so many of the horror tropes now taken for granted are used in abundance, and many of the special effects look ludicrous. There's some minor profanity -- including a little girl who calls her brother a "smart-ass" -- and some cigarette smoking.

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