Talk:The Amityville Horror (film series)

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I'm going to give a few details of the saga such as the type of films they are (Direct to video, theatrical, TV etc.) and a few more details.--VampireKen (talk) 16:42, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Is this really a series?[edit]

In what sense is this really a film series, as opposed to a bunch of films with the same subject matter? These seem to be mostly films with no recurring characters, made by different companies. There doesn't seem to be any creative or commercial thread tying these 17 films together. Isn't this like taking every film ever made about Jack the Ripper and collecting them together in an article called Jack the Ripper (film series)? -- Forty.4 (talk) 03:20, 23 December 2016 (UTC)

I've addressed this at Talk:The Amityville Horror: "Only the 1979 and 2005 films could be said to be based on Jay Anson's 1977 book, and all of the others take considerable liberties. Some do not reference the DeFeo murders at all. The word "Amityville" is too common to be trademarked, so anyone who wants to can make a film with "Amityville" in the title. This has led to the franchise being very loosely defined. No-one could make a film starring Batman or Superman without the permission of DC Comics, but it is pretty much anything goes with Amityville films." It isn't a series or franchise in the strictest sense of the term, but it is useful to see all of the films with Amityville in the title as part of a group.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 06:59, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
I agree an article like this is useful, but it's pretty misleading as is. Wouldn't a better title be List of films based on the Amityville haunting, or something to that effect? -- Forty.4 (talk) 16:43, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
Not really, because the Lutz/Anson version of events is not used as the plot basis of some of the films. The only thing that all of the films have in common is that they have the word "Amityville" in the title.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 16:47, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
Oh, okay, interesting. So there's no continuity in terms of narrative/character, no continuity in terms of intellectual property, and also even no continuity in terms of subject matter? It's just that the films all use the same word in their titles to make an allusion to the same folk story? Couldn't we arbitrarily create an article based around any word then? Isn't this like having an article called Krampus (film series) which includes every film to use the word 'Krampus' in its title? Actually there'd be more justification for that given that they'd all be about the Krampus; you're saying these aren't even all about the Amityville haunting. How about List of film titles referencing the Amityville haunting instead? Tbh though, I think this article should just be redirected to The_Amityville_Horror#Films and the write-up there modified to clarify that this isn't a series. -- Forty.4 (talk) 17:35, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
I didn't create this article, and agree that it doesn't fit the generally agreed definition of a film series or franchise. However, Amityville has taken on a life of its own and inspired numerous haunted house/posession films, and this article has them all in one place.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 18:44, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing. The page for Amityville: The Awakening describes the film as the tenth movie in the franchise (I'm not sure of the source for the number), but links here. Alphius (talk) 00:53, 17 March 2017 (UTC)