Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Philip Baker Hall, Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett, Chloe Moretz
Director: Andrew Douglas
Kathy Lutz (George) convinces her husband George (Reynolds) that a huge house in Amityville is worth pushing themselves to the financial limit for despite the estate agent telling them of a brutal murder in the house the year before.
Before long a series of peculiar and disturbing events leave Kathy and George struggling to keep their sanity.
A remake of the 1970s original, “The Amityville Horror” breaks no new ground. If you’ve seen “The Sixth Sense” or creepy movies in general, then you’ve seen all the tricks before.
The script (by Scott Kosar) is no great shakes. There are some nice sub-plots that make you shiver a bit but really there is little resemblance to the book (no reference to the brass band marching through the living room, the missing money, Kathy’s levitation) and the pace is peculiar from the start.
The last 20 minutes really is turgid stuff and I became ultimately bored with it by then.