The scariest thing about the The Amityville Horror (1979) produced by Roland Saland and based on a book by Jay Anson, is that the story is supposedly based on true events. Besides from that; I have received better scares shopping with the animals at Wal-Mart.
The story recounts the twenty one days spent in a haunted house on Long Island by George and Kathy Lutz (Josh Brolin and Margot Kidder), along with their children. After a series of creepy occurrences, which include slime coming out of keyholes, blood pouring from the walls, fly infestations, a marching band in the living room; and my favorite: a pig face with Christmas light-like eyes, the family packs up and moves to San Diego leaving all of their belongings behind. Either these people were telling the truth or they were indulging in powerful hallucinogenic drugs.
During the entities manifestation we have James Brolin doing his best Jack Nickolson imitation of the crazed lunatic from the Shining; but he doesn’t even come close. Instead, he just looks like a bearded man who ate too much and is in desperate need of his Tums.
I guess that I have been spoiled by our present day special effects; but as we all know special effects do not make a great movie: they enhance great movies. When you add lousy special effects to a weak screenplay, you have doo-doo. Trick or Treat: In this case you’re tricked.
My Rating: 2 of 5 Pig Eyes.