The murders, and the family who briefly lived in the house afterwards, inspired the 1979 James Brolin film "The Amityville Horror." The film follows the Lutz family as they move into the home, only to discover it's haunted.
There have since been other "Amityville Horror"-inspired movies, including "Amityville II: The Possession," a 2005 reboot of "The Amityville Horror" and which is due to be released in 2015. If you search 'Amityville' on , you get a solid 10 titles, and a whopping
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The real Amityville Horror isn’t just what has happened in the past, but how it has continued to manifest itself in the present. I feel the real story here is the one that has never been told. It’s that gray area. It’s a story about the dynamics within the Lutz family at the time. No one can confirm or deny their veracity. But, there’s no question these events, hoax or not, had an enormous impact on each member of the Lutz family – particularly the children.
On November 13, 1974, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York became a place that locals feared when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family under very mysterious circumstances. In September 1977, it became a place the entire world feared when Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published (later adapted into the popular series of films), bringing the house international notoriety and instant entry into the occult history books. Not so much because of the DeFeo murders, but because it told the tale of what happened to the next family who lived there, one year after the massacre. The Lutz family.