THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979 U.S.) D: STUART ROSENBERG W: SANDOR STERN P: ELLIOT GEISINGER/RONALD SALAND
James Brolin and Margot Kidder move their family into the supposedly haunted Long Island house. Strange, scary things happen to the family, but the viewer is left unthrilled despite some occasionaly creepy moments. Rod Steiger is the local priest, with Don Stroud, James Tolkan, Murray Hamilton, Helen Shaver, Hank Garrett and Val Avery. The best thing about it is Lalo Schifrin`s memorable score. Based on Jay Anson`s "non-fiction" novel, it was a runaway hit (setting some kind of record for an independent production at the time) so sequels followed, beginning with AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. There was a remake years later.

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