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November 13, 1974. The idyllic Long Island town of Amityville sleeps peacefully. At about 3:15 a.m., using a high-powered hunting rifle, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, Jr., systematically murders his entire family in their beds. Troubling questions surrounding the murders remain. 13 months later, the house's new owners claim to be terrorized and driven out by evil spirits. What is the story behind the real incident that inspired one of the most popular horror books and films of our time?

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GAKMBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James A. Carrington on July 9, 2010
I agree that this does not examine each and every item that pertains to this case; however, suggested reading would be Ric Osuna's "The Night The DeFeos Died", despite the fact that he, too, believes the story to be a lie.

The Elder DeFeo was a very violent and abusive man who beat on his family constantly, with his pretty and apparently sweet wife, Louise, bearing the brunt of his most horrific abuse. My heart actually ached for this woman, as well as her children, due to the abuse that they were forced to endure at this one animal's hands. By all accounts, Mr. DeFeo was a liar, a crook, a thief, a con man, and possibly even a murderer himself; I came away from Osuna's book forever believing that this man was seriously mentally ill.

It was alleged that the Family's car dealership was actually a disposal point for dead bodies for the Italian mob. It was also alleged that he (the elder DeFeo) killed a handyman whose services he had used for odd jobs around the residence, out in the boathouse. The same boathouse where George Lutz was drawn to night after night for inexplicable reasons; what's even more eerie is the fact that there is no way that the Lutzes could have known about the alleged boathouse murder, as it was only revealed just recently in Osuna's book. Eyewitness accounts also claim that upon returning home, Mr. DeFeo would often urinate on the side of the house, saying that he was marking his territory! So, to me, a guy who has experienced hauntings and evil entities myself, I am inclined to believe that while the Lutzes' account may have been misrepresented by members of the media, I also find it entirely plausible to believe that the house was indeed inhabited by an evil spirit...... that of Mr.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Tolle on September 25, 2007
Beginning with the history of this famous house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, there is a surprisingly large and interesting amount of information about the property it resides on and the surrounding areas. Research indicates that this timeline goes back for generations. While some of these past findings remain questionable to this day, other facts brought to light are eerie and compelling when considering unusual events that purportedly occurred here.

Moving forward to more modern times and substantiated events, the DeFeo family tragedy is explored beginning with their move to this house in the summer of 1965. According to official records, a seemingly happy family began a downward spiral in 1973 when violence and abuse in the household escalated and reached the breaking point in November of 1974. On the thirteenth day of this month, Ronald DeFeo Jr. used a high powered rifle to murder his parents and four siblings. With all of these facts not in dispute, what are intriguing are several aspects of the murder that baffled investigators afterward and they are revealed here.

In December of 1975, George & Cathy Lutz and their three children take up residence in the now vacated home but flee the premises forever on January 14th, 1976. Actual interviews with the Lutz's and re-creations of events portrayed there demonstrate what seem to have been some terrifying and downright bizarre occurrences on many levels. Upon fleeing this house and moving to California, they reveal that the haunting continued to plague them for several years afterward. Inexplicably, all successive residents of this house since that time have not experienced anything out of the ordinary.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John D. Page on August 7, 2007
This is a very fine telling of the events that were to become the most famous "haunting" of our time. On the night of Nov. 13,1974, drug crazed Ron Defeo Jr. shot and killed all five members of his family. After a short investigation, he was sent to jail and the house sold to the Lutz's family. After 28 days there the family fled in the middle of the night and said that demons and all manner of supernatural "things" forced them out of the house. Not long after, with Author Jay Anson They gave the world "The Amityville Horror" and made millions! Besides giving us the facts as told by the family this excellent program looks into the case and finds many things that don't add up in the story. A fine piece of reporting that shows this was one of the better "Hoax's" ever done on the American people. Well worth the time and money!
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I love all types and kinds of history as long as it were the truth. I believe what happened in the Amityville Horror House is fully true.
Pity the movie i would have loved needs the closed captions. all movies should be closed captioned so that someone interested in
the history should rent them with closed captioned as required by the federal law.
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