movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Why not watch this? We never saw the original (or the 8 sequels), and kind of wanted to know the story without having to watch old movies from before 1980. That leaves this as a logical candidate. It actually got a 5.8 on IMDB, which is actually higher than the average rating of the last 5-10 movies we’ve watched. The rating was higher than Night Of The Living Dead 3-D, the last “big horror remake” we watched. And the movie was definitely better than NOTLD 3-D as well.

CONCLUSION: This wasn’t anything spectacular, and purist fans of the original no doubt agree. But it was nice to finally learn that aspect of American horror culture, and to be able to learn it in a modern movie.real-life real Amityville demon boy photographed by paranormal investigators I’m sorry, but 1970’s horror doesn’t cut it for me. Old horror staples like Frankestien or Dracula just aren’t scary to me; they’re ridiculous and make me laugh at a culture that would have ever found them “scary”. For horror movies to provide any real thrill for me, they must exist in a world that I can relate to. Which is, for me, a world I have lived in. The world of 1980 (when I was 6) to the Present. I have a feeling that if you held a gun to my head and made me watch the original — That I’d like this one better. No doubt tons of people disagree with me, but I don’t like old movies. Or old anything. I’m a modernist for most part.

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t like old movies, and are a modern horror fan — see this so you can learn the Amityville story, which is no doubt a major influence in modern horror. It’s allegedly based on real-life events, and the actual people who were involved in real life supposedly worked with the filmmakers of this 2005 film. However, George Lutz (the real-life dad) denounced this version as “drivel”, and was suing the filmmakers at the time of his death in 2006. Perhaps the filmmakers ended up changing things that they should not have, but NOT KNOWING the original movie, I couldn’t care less. A story was told, we were entertained, and the ending was a “twist” compared to most modern horror movies — [highlight for spoilers] everybody lives! Weird!.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian didn’t like it. I’m hoping for a comment explaining why, and maybe some info on this movie as it compares to the original.

COINCIDENCES: (The Signal, Amityville Horror 2005) Two movies within a month or so that had a [highlight for spoilers] bearded patriarch of a couple/family go crazy and kill people, especially after seeing something on a TV screen that heightened his craziness.

Mood: anticipation
Music: Church Of The SubGenius – Hour Of Slack #1139