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Their fantastic story, never before disclosed in full detail, makes for an unforgettable book with all the shocks and gripping suspense of The Exorcist, The Omen or Rosemary's Baby, but with one vital difference Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published by Bantam Books first published September 13th More Details Original Title. United States of America. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Amityville Horror , please sign up.
Patwell James Technically there are only two film adaptations of this book; Stuart Rosenberg's 'The Amityville Horror' and Andrew Douglas' remake of the s …more Technically there are only two film adaptations of this book; Stuart Rosenberg's 'The Amityville Horror' and Andrew Douglas' remake of the same name.
Both are highly embellished, but the version is considerably closer to the book the film only really resembles it in concept. There are many more films based on the idea of this particular house being haunted, however.
Jones short story collection of the same name but in reality an original story similar in concept to the book's Tom Berry's 'The Amityville Curse' - , based on the book of the same name by Hans Holzer; the book was set in "the" house but the movie is set in a different haunted house in Amityville Tony Randel's 'Amityville It's About Time' - , another original screenplay in the vein of the stories from 'The Evil Escapes' John Murlowski's 'Amityville: A New Generation' - , same as above but without crediting the book Steve White's 'Amityville Dollhouse' - , an original screenplay Geoff Meed's 'The Amityville Haunting' - , an original screenplay Andrew Jones' 'The Amityville Asylum' - , an original screenplay Mark Polonia's 'Amityville Death House' - , an original screenplay that just uses the name of the town John R.
Walker's 'The Amityville Playhouse' AKA 'The Amityville Theater' - , an original screenplay And finally, Franck Khalfoun's 'Amityville: The Awakening' which is yet to be released; an original screenplay, it was filmed in but delayed multiple times for reshoots and re-edits, and is currently scheduled for release on January 6, IS this based on the true stories of? Victoria Yes and no.
The Lutz family did move there. However, it was a hoax between the Lutz fa …more Yes and no. However, it was a hoax between the Lutz family and Butch DeFeo's lawyer to make more hype and to create waves that this book were based on. The author decided to fly with it and add some things too.
Not a single thing that the book said happened in that house while the Lutz family lived there, really did happen at all. It was a good way to get publicity for sure. Both the author and the Lutz family have admitted to their stories being made up. See all 12 questions about The Amityville Horror…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Amityville Horror. Shelves: humour , horror , bullshit , ghosts. OK, folks, for the last time, here's the real story. The victims of the crime were the DeFeo family: Ronald Sr. Ronald "Butch" DeFeo, Jr. Butch DeFeo was later tried for and OK, folks, for the last time, here's the real story. Butch DeFeo was later tried for and found guilty of the murders of his family, and was sentenced to the Green Haven Penitentiary.
Every attempt DeFeo has made to be granted parole has been rejected, he is serving consecutive life sentences. The house was resold following the murders and probate. Among the owners since the murders were a couple named George and Kathy Lutz, who occupied the house in late The Lutzes later collaborated with an author to write this "true account" of their stay in the house. Lutz has since passed away from cancer.
No other owner of the property has complained of psychic disturbance, hauntings, paranormal activity, or any other issues with the house. The novels which followed this one claim the house is located on a Native American burial ground. No local tribe has substantiated this claim. Due to unwanted publicity, the house has been painted and the number changed to avoid onlookers. The murders happened, folks. They're real, they were tragic. There are some odd inconsistencies about them.
But that is IT. It is a work of fiction, which the Lutz's lawyer later suggested they dreamed up after a night of drinking. If you want a book about a haunting, go find a good telling of the story of the Bell Witch verified by a President of the United States or read the "Weird" series, edited by Mark Moran. This is just nonsense. There is no basement door to hell in a quiet Long Island suburb.
Sorry to disappoint everyone. Thank you. View all 45 comments. Isabella Rose De Leon You need to work on your language. May 05, PM. Let's pause for a minute and laugh out loud at the fact that this stupid book was in the nonfiction section of my library.
That's not why it gets one lousy star anyway. It gets one star because I think it was written by a twelve year old. The writing was so bad that it distracted me from the absolutely ridiculous story. There was just no life in the story at all. I mean, the gho Let's pause for a minute and laugh out loud at the fact that this stupid book was in the nonfiction section of my library. I mean, the ghosts described in the book were more alive than this tired, boring fake, yeah I said it story.
My God, man, at least use a few adjectives here and there. Give me some description of who these people are and why I should care. If this is supposed to be horrifying, why does it feel like you just learned how to write a paragraph? First, people moved into a house. Second, weird things happened to them.
After that, they were scared to live there. Finally, you won't believe what happened next! End of chapter cliffhanger and oh my goodness can you believe what's happening? You can't? I can't either because it didn't! And even if this was in the fiction section it wouldn't be worth your time because it feels like a story a bunch of Boy Scouts tell each other around a campfire, not something to actually read.
That's the gist of the story with minor embellishments. Perhaps if someone else wrote this book, I may have cared a little more. I don't know. I don't care. Happy Halloween everyone! Pick a different book to scare you this year.
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It is also the basis of a series of films released from onward. The book is claimed to be based on the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family, but has led to controversy and lawsuits over its truthfulness. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November In December , George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there. The book, purportedly based on a true story, describes the house at Ocean Avenue as remaining empty for 13 months after the DeFeo murders.
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Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror , died on this day in Read the full Writer's Digest profile of the author from March Some people say Anson is a liar, a sloppy researcher, that he participates knowingly in a circus-like conspiracy to promote his book, that his prose is as sprightly as glue and that the people he wrote his ghost story about lied to him. William G. Roll, head of the Psychical Research Foundation, calls the book a work of fiction. Moran knows Anson, has appeared on television and done radio shows with him.
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