The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror ★★★

I was under the mistaken belief that the original Amityville Horror which features iconic scenes and spawned a long running franchise would be considerably more satisfying a watch than it actually was. For some silly reason I had my expectations up somewhere near Poltergeist, The Omen and The Exorcist and while there are some great elements and unsettling moments I found The Amityville Horror to be lacking overall.

James Brolin and Margot Kidder provide considerably more meat for their roles than is necessary for such a standard supernatural horror and Lalo Schiffrin's score adds a grandiose air but these are all unwieldy decorations for such an average supernatural horror offering. The one thing TAH is missing is a satisfying conclusion as it seems to just peter out in the same manner as The Entity or The Birds. It's as though the writers boxed themselves into a corner and couldn't creatively work their way out of it.

An iconic ghost story told in a lacklustre manner. Some wonderful moments interspersed languid inaction.

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