My Amityville Horror
On November 13, 1974, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York became a place that locals feared when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family under very mysterious circumstances. In September 1977, it became a place the entire world feared when Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published (later adapted into the popular series of films), bringing the house international notoriety and instant entry into the occult history books. Not so much because of the DeFeo murders, but because it told the tale of what happened to the next family who lived there, one year after the massacre. The Lutz family. In 1975, they were dwellers for all of 28 days before fleeing in mortal terror, the victims of widespread supernatural happenings that pushed them to the brink of madness and had them fearing for their lives. A media circus began that never fully ended. Straight up to their recent deaths, George and Kathy Lutz have never gone back on a single claim. Daniel Lutz was ten years old at the time that his family literally went to hell. Never before in the 35 years since living through the ordeals has he gone on record about his experiences. This is his story, in his words.
Emotional, illuminating and outright bone-chilling, MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is the result of ten years of independent research, interviews and determination. Filmmaker Eric Walter has done the near-impossible, shedding new light on what is perhaps the world’s most famous haunting case. Daniel’s memories of his various paranormal traumas are vivid, his recounts detailed and frightening. Among the film’s many surprising revelations, Daniel states that he and his family continued to be terrorized after moving out and is convinced that the house itself was never haunted. His family was. He blames the hauntings on his stepfather’s dabblings in the occult. There are other, more disturbing allegations. Rounding out his comments are reflections from outsiders, everyone from a psychologist and a news reporter who covered the original happenings to Lorraine Warren, co-founder the New England Society for Psychic Research, who conducted a well-publicized séance in the Amityville home. She has said that the house contained “the most evil” she has ever encountered in a single place. As much as this is a film about the paranormal, though, complete with eerie photographic documentations, it’s every bit as much about the terrible effects that widespread media exposure can have on a family. Whatever your feelings are with regards to the supernatural, this film will haunt you.
— Mitch Davis