The Amityville Horror (film series)

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The Amityville Horror (film series)
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The Amityville Horror 1979 film poster
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The Amityville Horror film series is a series of American horror films that currently consist of 18 films and centers on events in a haunted house in Amityville, New York.

Films[edit]

Film Release Date Director Writer
The Amityville Horror July 27, 1979 Stuart Rosenberg Sandor Stern
Amityville II: The Possession September 24, 1982 Damiano Damiani Tommy Lee Wallace

Dardano Sacchetti (Uncredited)

Amityville 3-D November 18, 1983 Richard Fleischer William Wales
Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes May 12, 1989 Sandor Stern
The Amityville Curse May 7, 1990 Tom Berry Michael Krueger, Doug Olson, and Norvell Rose
Amityville 1992: It's About Time July 16, 1992 Tony Randel Christopher DeFaria and Antonio Toro
Amityville: A New Generation September 29, 1993 John Murlowski
Amityville Dollhouse October 2, 1996 Steve White Joshua Michael Stern
The Amityville Horror April 14, 2005 Andrew Douglas Scott Kosar
The Amityville Haunting December 13, 2011 Geoff Meed
The Amityville Asylum June 3, 2013 Andrew Jones
Amityville Death House February 24, 2015 Mark Polonia John Oak Dalton
The Amityville Playhouse April 13, 2015 John R. Walker John R. Walker and Steve Hardy
Amityville: Vanishing Point April 1, 2016 Dylan Greenberg Dylan Greenberg Selena Mars and Jurgen Azazel Munster
The Amityville Legacy June 7, 2016 Dustin Ferguson and Michael Johnson
The Amityville Terror August 2, 2016 Michael Angelo
Amityville: No Escape August 5, 2016 Henrique Couto
Amityville Exorcism January 3, 2017 Mark Polonia Billy D'Amato
Amityville: The Awakening TBA Franck Khalfoun Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala

Producers and distributors[edit]

The films have at various times been owned by several different production and distribution companies internationally and in the United States. American International Pictures produced and released the original film, before Orion Pictures bought the rights to the film, as well as II and 3-D. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) now owns films one through 3-D, and released them in a box set in 2005. While 4 was a TV film broadcast on NBC, it has been released multiple times by independent distribution companies in recent years (one of which was Vidmark, who also released Curse; Vidmark is now owned by Lionsgate). It's About Time, A New Generation and Dollhouse have all been released by Republic Pictures.

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Film Release Date Budget Total Gross Reference
The Amityville Horror July 27, 1979 $4,700,000 $86,432,000
[1][2][3]
Amityville II: The Possession September 24, 1982 $5,000,000 $12,534,817
[4]
Amityville 3-D November 18, 1983 $6,000,000 $6,333,135
[5]
The Amityville Horror April 14, 2005 $19,000,000 $65,233,369
[6]
Amityville: The Awakening TBA N/A N/A
[7]

Reception[edit]

Film Rating
Rotten Tomatoes[8] Metacritic[9] IMDb[10]
The Amityville Horror 24% N/A 6.2
Amityville II: The Possession 7% N/A 5.4
Amityville 3-D 0% N/A 4
Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes N/A N/A 4.2
The Amityville Curse 20% N/A 2.8
Amityville: It's About Time 14% N/A 4.3
Amityville: A New Generation N/A N/A 3.6
Amityville: Dollhouse N/A N/A 4.1
The Amityville Horror (2005) 23% 33 6.0
The Amityville Haunting N/A N/A 2.8
The Amityville Asylum N/A N/A 2.8
Amityville Death House N/A N/A 2.8
The Amityville Playhouse N/A N/A 1.9
Amityville: No escape TBA TBA TBA
Amityville: Vanishing Point TBA TBA 2.9
The Amityville Legacy TBA TBA 3.1
Amityville Terror TBA TBA 3.2
Amityville: The Awakening TBA TBA TBA

Parody[edit]

The 1984 British film Bloodbath at the House of Death is largely a spoof of the 1979 film.

In The Simpsons' first Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror", the family experiences paranormal activity in their new home, which was the site of a mass murder and was built on an Indian burial ground.

Scary Movie 2 parodies the scene in which the priest blessing the house is attacked by flies.

Continuity[edit]

None of the films are direct sequels to each other, and parts I, II, and IV are the only films based on books from the Amityville book series and establish references with each other. Amityville II is a prequel to the original 1979 film, which tells the story of the DeFeo family's mass murder (though they are named the Montelli family in the film). Amityville 3-D is a sequel to the first film based on the accounts of Stephen Kaplan (renamed John Baxter for the film) who was trying to prove that the Lutz family's story was a hoax. Due to legal disputes with the actual Lutz family the events of the first film could not be directly referenced including the Lutz family themselves who were never referenced by name. The film, oddly, also refers to the murders that happened in Amityville II as the DeFeo murders despite the family having been renamed Montelli.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samuel Z Arkoff & Richard Turbo, Flying Through Hollywood By the Seat of My Pants, Birch Lane Press, 1992 p 228
  2. ^ Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 13
  3. ^ "The Amityville Horror". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Amityville II: The Possession". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Amityville 3-D". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Amityville Horror (2005)". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Amityville: The Awakening". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rotten Tomatoes:
  9. ^ Metacritic:
  10. ^ IMDb: