My Amityville Horror – Movie Review

My Amityville Horror played Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012

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As the only Documentary in the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival line up,  most know the story but few have heard this side of it and how could they.  Daniel Lutz was only 10 when he and his family endured 28 days in hell at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. 
Entering the rarified air of horror documentaries is something special. Even rarer still comes a story that garnered both international acclaim and skepticism the world over. My Amityville Horror is that story.   Carefully dissecting through stills and a dense narrative, Daniel Lutz and many pillars of the  paranormal community employed surgical precision in their retelling of what happened in that infamous house in Amityville. 
Nothing could have foretold The Lutz’s back in 1975 that the idyllic enclave and that beautiful new house they had just moved into would create an international firestorm of skeptics and outrage the likes the which the world has never seen before. 

Through director Eric Walters meticulous and thought provoking research, he has not only mined the family’s history by uncovering and introduced additional narratives that kept the embers burning long after the story had left the front pages but humanized the Lutzs in a way that main street media failed to address. However the real tragedy here is the remnants of humanity this experience has left in the form of Daniel Lutz, now 40 something.  His twitching unease is evidence of the  constant conflict and internal struggles that continue to haunt his psyche as each still taps into a new hidden demon.
My Amityville Horror played Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5  In the end whether you believe or not, My Amityville Horror resonates as a powerful piece of celluloid that is hard to dismiss. After 37 years this story never dies.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival runs from October 18 – October 26 2012.  Do NOT miss it! Info and tickets here. Check out T-Mak World‘s full Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TAD) coverage here.
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