Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Rolling Stone: TV Guide:1/2
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Quick Review: I'm not a big fan of the first Amityville Horror movie. It was just OK but did have some scenes and moments that went on to define the haunted house genre. This movie won't be remembered as anything except a poorly reviewed remake of the mediocre original. But you know what? I liked it.
I thought it was scary enough to be worth watching and as well made as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake two years ago. It was a fun movie and they changed enough of the story to make it interesting even if you are familiar with the original.
The story, as you know, is basically one of a family that is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder. It's kind of a low rent version of The Shinning. Dad hears voices, dad goes crazy, dad tries to kill family.
The special effects are creepy enough. Especially the sequences where they show the crazed asylum doctor and lunatics who also used to live and die on the property.
The actors are all basically no-names except for Ryan Reynolds who was last seen as the wise cracking vampire slayer in Blade Trinity. He does a fine job of going mad here and makes the movie better in doing so.
I'm not going to say much more because I'm writing this review so late you've probably already seen the film if you're interested. But for those checking the review before renting it, I definitely recommend it as a fun Friday night spookfest for your daughter's next sleepover.