Amityville Haunting (2011) Film Review

Posted: April 27, 2014 in Horrendous Horror Movies
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Amityville Haunting, directed by Geoff Meed, details the horrors the Benson family encounter, through found-footage, when they move into the Amityville Horror house.

The Benson family consists of five strange members: Douglas, the controlling father; Virginia, the protective mother; Laurie, the out-of-control teenager; Tyler, the next Steven Spielberg; and Melanie, the cliché child who has an imaginary friend.

Tyler, the next famous movie director, doesn’t understand, though, that horror movies should be somewhat exciting. Instead, he graces the audience with a clip of his sister in a towel and his family fighting. He doesn’t understand how to zoom, and he doesn’t have a tripod, so every single scene is either blurry or incredibly shaky. Thankfully, though, Douglas installs three more worthless cameras; these capture only two shots of the ghost child. Boy, what a film.

Oh, and in case you weren’t able to see what happened or, like me, you simply stopped paying attention, Tyler, at the end of each day, gives the audience an entire recap of various spooky happenings.

I am absolutely appalled that Amityville Haunting did not check facts; in this film, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. is portrayed as the murdering ghost. However, the Benson family should not be able to see DeFeo, Jr.’s ghost because he is not dead. Currently, he is in the Green Haven Correctional Facility, where he is serving six concurrent sentences of 25 years to life.

Seeing as Ronald is not dead, who is the ghost tormenting the Benson’s? Also, why are these ghosts killing random people? (A good horror movie would have answered these questions.)

Another unrealistic fact portrayed in Amityville Haunting is the house’s floor plans. Instead of finding a house with three floors and the original house’s famous windows, Meed must have said, “Eh, no one will be able to tell the difference if we use a much smaller house with only two floors and leave the famous windows out. Oh, and we won’t even bother to use an attic or basement, even though those rooms were famous in the original Amityville house.”

Tsk-tsk, Meed, You do not have the proper house, and it’s clear you don’t understand what actually happened to Ronald DeFeo, Jr. How can you have an Amityville Horror movie if you mess up on basic facts?

Oh, and the ending absolutely sucks! Laurie, the out-of-control teenager, is brutally ripped apart in her bedroom, and even though she is screaming bloody murder, her family, who are located in the room directly across from her, don’t wake up! And then, Melanie kills her father with a miniscule butter knife. (Seriously, Meed? She couldn’t use a larger knife?)

Overall, Amityville Haunting is a terrible movie because (1) the ghosts were not explained, (2) the characters were awful, and (3) the facts were not checked.

To view the trailer, click here

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