My Amityville Horror

5.51 h 28 min201318+
A personal retelling of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified an American family in 1975 and shocked a nation
Eric Walter
Daniel LutzLaura Didio
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Harold RothReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2020
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The center of this movie is Danny Lutz, who 40+ years after he spent 28 days living in a supposedly haunted house, continues to use it as an excuse to be a jerk. He smirks and winks throughout the movie about how he "did things" to his stepfather, George Lutz, while in that house and in his own words. "tried to kill him 60 times." He also claims to have left home at 12 to go live in the desert, where it's always warm, unaware, as even poor addled Mrs Warren is, that the desert is freezing cold at night. Like pretty much everything he says in this movie, it is a lie. He never went to live in the desert at 12 not least of all because he is shown at 13 in a newspaper photo smiling happily next to his parents, the Lutzes. Other times he says he left home at 13. Or 15. Or 16. Chock full of lies. It is clear that for him, the motivation is the money he is being paid.

This guy has wasted his life trying to be intimidating when in fact he is about as impressive as a drunk shooting his mouth off in a bar.

There is almost nothing in this movie that is not a lie. What were the filmmakers thinking?
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TruthIsStrangerThanFictionReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2019
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Good Grief!
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I have studied the Amityville case off and on for years, was even member of the message board where I discovered the Cromarty's son died of an overdose in that house... so despite having elaborate mocking Halloween parties and claiming "nothing happened" at that house... clearly something was wrong with the atmosphere. I find it more horrifying that the film director allowed a semi-literate guy with tremendous emotional immaturity, lack of insight, and hostility for George Lutz to frame the documentary into something downright absurd... I mean, George Lutz wasn't a killer. He no doubt was an unfit step-parent with serious issues... but, this case, was far and beyond him or any transcendental meditation or horror books. He was nowhere near the cause, and allowing, what was probably a severely disturbed obnoxious boy/man to frame it that way,,, simply derails any understanding into supernatural causes... completely. I am glad we got to hear from Lorraine Warren, about the "true cross" and vision of "Padre Pio" so we could fully understand her delusional mindset in approaching/contaminating understanding of this phenomenon. That said I do believe the ghost-boy photo is authentic. It alone should have been front and center of this film, for it at least wasn't "opinion."
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K.A.Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2019
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Don't Bother. You Will Be Disappointed
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This documentary managed to take a fascinating, super scary subject like the Amityville haunting and suck every bit of interest out of it. This is an accounting by one of the children present in the house during those 28 days. He only covers a tiny, tiny portion and just recounts the same two or three memories over and over and over. The rest of the time you're looking at a middle aged man who is bitter, mean and clearly living a dysfunctional life that I suspect is filled with alcohol and drug abuse. If you want to encounter this personality type just head down to your local dive bar on a Friday night, the place is full of them. This "film" give us no new information just a reminder of what children of dysfunctional homes very often grow up to be.
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NancyReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
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This man needs serious help...
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I've studied this story for YEARS, and this should not be called a "documentary". Danny is working with A LOT of anger, and looking back through the goggles of a 10 year old. A 10 year old who has spent his entire life reading and seeing the stories and sensationalism through a foggy memory riddled with absolute hatred for George Lutz.
I find it very convenient the Danny has not said ANY of this until now... ya know, since George and Kathy are gone, and his siblings are not speaking... to him or anyone else.
I do NOT believe the whole "George can move things with his mind" BS, and since they left all of their stuff behind you'd think SOMEONE would have found some of the ritual tools and books George supposedly had... but nary a word about it... ever.
I do not believe Danny, but I believe Danny believes Danny... and he needs deep intensive counseling.
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AdriannicusReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2019
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I feel really badly for this guy.
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This poor kid, with both of his parents, never stood a chance. I can't imagine how terrifying it must've been to have both custodial parents running off the rails like that. You can see it in his eyes that he really went through it, and you have to wonder if the guy will ever be able to leave all that behind. Was there something bad in that house? Yeah, a succession of crappy parents, making really bad decisions regarding tyrants in the house. The movie was really well presented, it didn't really squat all over one position or another (haunted/not haunted, scam/not intentional scam). Equal air time was given for both sides on that aspect, but the prevailing theme was that this kid really went through hell while the adults were running amok.
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Forest NymphReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
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There are aspects of the case that are difficult to overlook, like the photograph of the boy with the creepy eyes when no children or pets were in the house, the fact that these events followed a mass murder, a mass murder with strange circumstances (no one was drugged, no silencer was used, yet no victim awoke or tried to get away and all were found in the same prone position) and I have experienced things myself where I know that you cannot judge a haunting or other supernatural situation without being there. I agree with Lorraine Warren 100% on that, it's like presuming you understand another person's relationship that doesn't involve you, you cannot determine the feeling of presences or energies in a house without being in that house. It's like attempting to describe specific sunset in words.

Despite all that, I think Danny is way too detailed. The level of detail he uses is storytelling, no one remembers what happened that long ago that vividly in childhood....and I mean he describes things down to half an hours and minutes from 40 years ago when he was ten and only lived in that house for a month. The level of detail he displays is what I call yarn spinning, and it's common in people with certain psychological issues unless they use their creativity with self-awareness as an artist or writer.

That isn't to say that I believe nothing happened. And the level of trauma he is clearly displaying still as an adult could be residual from dark things he experienced in childhood that have a supernatural origin, particularly when combined with childhood abuse from his step-father. And a house where there had been a multiple murder just a year earlier combined with an angry ex-marine in the house could certainly stir up some dormant spiritual energies. I believe all that. But I also think Danny is trying too hard to make sense of what happened to him and that the detail he uses in his stories is a product of that, and not of a spectacular photographic memory. He didn't even remember that that the journalist lady visited them later in San Diego, he says this to her towards the beginning.
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GiddyReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
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If I were a student of psychology, or parapsychology I would recommend this movie.

This movie isn't about the "Horror" of Amityville, this movie is about a young boy's physical and emotional abuse by his controlling/paranoid step father.

Do I believe Danny Lutz experienced poltergeist activity, along with the rest of the Lutz family, yes I do.

Poltergeist hauntings happen due to negative, stressful and emotional situations. There probably was residual negative energy already in the house from the murder of the DeFao family, and due to the anger issues between Danny and George, the poltergeist energy was born. I cannot imagine the anger I would feel if my own mother abandoned me for a horrible, abusive man. The saddest part of this documentary is that Danny's own birth father gave up his 3 children to a stranger. I think I would hate my birth father more than my step father. Maybe someday Danny will be happy, but I don't think so. A person like Danny Lutz, without the therapy to deal with his anger, aggression and abandonment, will have a very hard road ahead of him. I hope one day he can find peace.
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Trigger_HappyReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2017
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An agnostic questioning their own belief's after watching....
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I remember watching this documentary approximately a year ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. I feel that the "realness" of Danny, his obvious distress and discomfort at telling this horrific tale from his childhood, and the fact that he has never sought out any sort of financial gain from his experiences really help with the validity of the story in my opinion. I am an agnostic, and this documentary caused me to really start to question my own personal beliefs. That is quite rare in my world. One would think that due to the fact that no other person that has lived in that home has complained of any sort of supernatural experience, that that would seal the deal as the entire story being fabricated. But, I believe that the entities were triggered by George due to his personality and his experimentation with the occult. So when he and his family moved it, whatever was left over from the murders was "awoken" by George, I also feel like "they" also fed off of his tumultuous relationship with his step-son, Danny.

After watching, I am left with a sense of morbid curiosity and sadness for Danny Lutz. He comes off as an extremely guarded individual (which comes off as understandable anger in this documentary) and the fact that he was willing to open up to the world to tell the tale of one of the most traumatic experiences in his life really shows what an incredibly strong-willed man he is. I myself was a victim of relentless childhood abuse at the hands of my step-father, and although I didn't go through any sort of supernatural terror, I was victimized by a very violent and drug addicted, alcoholic. So I understand very well the effects that that can have on a young child, and how that can carry over into adulthood. So please bare that in mind while watching Danny, and try to look past his angry demeanor and see a person who was abused and terrorized for years by not only his step-father, but also by forces that were beyond his control or understanding. Even if you don't believe that what he says happened in regards to the supernatural, to him,it was all very real and extremely terrifying.
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