The world premiere of the documentary “My Amityville Horror” was presented at this year’s Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival. Horror documentaries are usually very interesting, in my opinion, anyway, but this one was… meh.
November 13th, 1974, the Amityville home on Ocean Avenue in the town of Amityville became a place to be feared within the state of New York. Ronald DeFeo, 23 years old, murdered his entire family, claiming voices told him to do so. Afterwards, in 1977, the entire world knew about this unfortunate event and this macabre house due to a movie coming out based on this, but also on the family that moved in 1 year after the terrible crime. In 1975, the Lutz family moved in, but only stayed 28 days, fleeing the house in the middle of the night, most with their pyjamas, without their belongings, and never looked back. This documentary is about Daniel Lutz, one of George Lutz’ step-sons who was only 10 years old at the time, who tell his story and speaks about his experiences for the first time in 35 years.
As stated above, I usually love horror documentaries, because they are real life stories that happened to real people, especially when backed up with intriguing photographs and jaw-dropping videos. However, this one remained pretty bland. The movie is lengthy at moments, despite interviewing many different people. The interesting segments include an interview with a psychologist who suggests, by bringing up an interesting point, that Daniel could have imagined many of the events. Daniel is very emotional in the way he brings up and describes the events that he witnessed, some bizarre and surreal.
The creepiest part of the documentary is a specific photograph taken by the Channel 5 news team who spent a night in the house in the ‘70s. I won’t tell you what it is; you’ll have to see for yourself.
So if you decide to see this documentary, you’ll get to hear, first-hand, the testimonies of a person who witnessed these bizarre events. If you decide not to watch ti, you won’t miss out on that much. That is why I give this documentary 2 stars out of a possible 5.