The Amityville Horror
Release year: 2005
Director: Andrew Douglas
Screenwriter: Scott Kosar, Jay Anson (Novel)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett, Chloë Graze Moretz, Rachels Nichols
The Lutz family is lookning for a new house and stumble upon a great offer they can’t refuse. But when they move in they discover the reason for the cheap price is that the house has a dark past and some of that darkness still lure in the house. After a few days, George (Ryan Reynolds) starts to change, daughter Chelsea (Chloë Graze Moretz) talks of the girl in the walls and the dog keeps barking. Soon Kathy (Melissa George) must hurry to unravel the history of the house to save her family.
Based on the allegedly true story this is the second movie about the infamous Amityville murders and the supposedly haunting of the family who lived in the house shortly after the murders. George (30 Days of Night, 2007) is sweet, vulnerable yet strong as the mother of the children and wife of a man who seems more and more possesed. She convinces and is the backbone of the movie as the adult lead character who keeps her senses. The boys are played brilliantly by Jesse James (The Butterfly Effect, 2004) and Jimmy Bennett (Hostage 2005) , both delivering strong emotionel performances. They are joined by a young Chloë Graze Morets in her debut role in a feature film, showcasing the talents we have later seen further developed in hits like Kick-Ass (2010) and Carrie (2013). It is however Reynolds (Blade: Trinity, 2004) who ends up stealing the picture, with his performance as a regular nice guy who slowly gets taken over by evil. Equally convincing as loveable husband/stepfather and menacing mean guy, he is the one that puts the icing on an otherwise mediocre slice of horror making it worth a watch.
You can read more about the Amityvill murdes and haunting here: http://www.amityvillemurders.com/
Ryan Reynolds kept his distance to his movie children, so distant that they thought he didn’t like them. He did this to make it easier to play the scenes with physical and verbal abuse.
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