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My Amityville Horror

Daniel Lutz , Eric Walter  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Lutz
  • Directors: Eric Walter
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For the first time in 35 years, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. His parents story of their 28 days in the allegedly possessed house on Ocean Avenue went on to inspire a best-selling novel and subsequent film series that have both captivated and frustrated the public since their release. MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is a gripping documentary that details the struggle behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and shows that while Daniel's facts may be other's fiction, the psychological scars he carries are all too real.

Special Features: Commentary, Featurette, Q&A, Trailer

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than the actual Amityville Horror April 6, 2013
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This is a very interesting if occasionally repetitive revisit of the original Amityville Horror story, focusing on one of the children (Daniel Lutz) who was forced through what was unquestionably a difficult childhood experience. Daniel Lutz is now an adult with a lot of psychological issues and as he chain smokes and F-bombs his way through the interviews, the subject of his anger is clearly less about the paranormal questions around the house and more related to the introduction of a fairly deranged ex-Marine step father.

The documentary lets the audience draw their own conclusions but from my perspective I see a family that mentally abuses and confuses the children while seeking fame and fortune through an extremely elaborate lie. Ignoring the admitted hoax, lack of evidence and complete disappearance of these supposed paranormal activities once the family left the house, the more I listen to Daniel as an adult, the more I feel the experiences were a side-effect of living under an Occult-obsessed, detached and frankly scary step father. This is a same step father who convinced Daniel he could use telekinesis to make objects fly, which Daniel recalls actually happening. As one of the psychologists alludes in the interviews, the memories are a blend of fact and fantasy to make sense of everything that happened - which also helps explain why the family wouldn't allow the children to be interviewed at the time, since they would likely not support the fabricated story (Balloon Boy, anyone?).

It's also interesting how Daniel's memory of the facts - and he clearly truly believes these things happened to him - have been influenced by fictitious details introduced by subsequent films that weren't part of the original descriptions of the haunting.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting March 17, 2013
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This is nothing like I thought that it would be, but at the same time it is exactly what I thought that it would be.
I understand a lot of the frustrations that Danny has in regards on how to explain things. It is very difficult to explain things to someone who doesnt understand. From paranormal experiences to even natural phenomenon. Men will not understand fully what it is like to give child-birth, and woman will never understand the feeling of getting kicked in the nuts. Same goes for paranormal experiences.
Now, do I believe that Danny went though these things? Absolutely. Do I believe the George (the father) was the cause of these things occurring? That is highly possible. Is Danny angry? Ohhhh yes, but I also believe that he has a right to be angry. It isnt fair to force a child to deal with these kinds of psychological instances, and it isnt fair for him as an adult to be expected to casually "waltz" though these memories. They bring emotions that are not pleasant.
Put yourself in Danny's shoes. This crap all happens. Your life is turned upside down. You cant go to regular school because of everything that has happened.
Anyways. It is not particularly expensive. Watch this video for what it is. Accounts of what took place for 1 family, to 1 child at that time. Try if you will to put yourself into his shoes. It will be difficult, but you can at least try to give it a shot. I enjoyed it, so I gave it 4 stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Before the Internet dominated the world and back when TV consisted of only several channels, the exposure to paranormal phenomenon was decidedly less common than it is today. For this reason, the story of the Amityville murder house has had an enduring fascination as a true media sensation for its age. With a best selling book, a feature film adaptation (with many more sequels and remakes), and countless talk show appearances, the Lutz family became overnight celebrities in the mid-seventies for their accounting of a haunting that drove them from their home after 28 days. The Amityville case has been debated extensively though the years. Was it a true demonic possession? Was it an opportunistic charade perpetrated by the Lutz family? Can we ever really know the truth? I came into the new documentary "My Amityville Horror" expecting to get a fresh perspective on this classic case. What I got instead was much more fascinating. This is actually an incredibly interesting character study. Interviewing Daniel Lutz, a child back in 1975, this is the first time that he has publicly spoken about the affairs of his youth. A mass of contradictions and inconsistencies, we see a troubled (but not unappealing) soul who seems to have configured a personal truth that may or may not have anything to do with what actually happened.

Maybe this won't attract those seeking answers or enlightenment about actual events on Ocean Drive, but I found it absolutely spellbinding. Daniel Lutz is a colorful character, to be sure. His story is told both in private interviews and in his interactions with others.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, but questionable (Spolier Alerts!) May 5, 2013
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**My Amityville Horror** is hard to assess. Danny Lutz wants to tell his version of the haunting and life with George Lutz, but he was 9 or 10 years old at the time. He also has a lot of pent up anger, resentment, and some post-traumatic stress going on. He really hates George Lutz and spares no vitriol in communicating it. There is a lot of stuff in the film that makes me wonder how many of Danny's memories are some kind of mash up of post-traumatic stress due to abuse and neglect, deep-seeded guilt over being unable to protect his siblings from the abuse, the stories and theories he's heard about the house and George's possible role in attracting the haunting, and any real memories he might have of what happened in the house.

Some of Danny's claims seem too detailed and fantastic. Danny indicates that the first time he went to George Lutz's house when George and Kathy were just dating, he made note of George's collection of books about New Age religions and the occult and he confronted his mother about it, demanding to know what kind of guy she was getting involved with. He says he saw books on magic, transcendental meditation, ghosts, and the devil. What 8 or 9 year old inventories books in his mind, criticizes mom's boyfriend for what he reads, or knows enough about the topics the books represent and the connections between them to make that kind of judgement?
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2.0 out of 5 stars "My Bad" for Renting this Dog
Let's face it; when a person dies, most likely he just vanishes into the ether. And no matter what people think, that same person probably did not exist before birth either. Read more
Published 1 day ago by KIRK A RADECK
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Psychological Film
Worth it just to see the real Danny Lutz...emotionally scarred from a turbulent childhood. No clear cut answers on what exactly happened, but it gives a fascinating glimpse into... Read more
Published 18 days ago by mm
5.0 out of 5 stars Amityville horror
Thank God the story is finally told truthfully. Daniel Lutz has been very brave to live with what happened to him.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Clausen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Take On The Amityville Story
I'm still not 100 % convinced this is true, but Daniel, although a seemingly kinda shady character, seems believable. I found it to be a very good documentary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hope D. Gmyrek
5.0 out of 5 stars My Amityville Horror
This little documentary has definitely changed the way I viewed the events that I read in Jay Anson's book and the movie with James Brolin . Read more
Published 1 month ago by elvisgirl52761
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It was good and interesting to watch he gave lots of detail. But what would have made it better if they would have had some actual footage that he said was recorded in the house.
Published 1 month ago by JenW
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! Great movie
Great story from the 'source.' It was worth the watch, especially if you have seen other documentaries of pieced together interviews, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MoolaChecker
1.0 out of 5 stars very bad
I was very disappointed by that documentary, my personal opinion is that it was not credible at all, I ve been a fan of Amityville for more than 15 years, I travelled to Long... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sue tayachi
4.0 out of 5 stars I rented it through Itunes....and just bought it.....
Interesting character study. Dan is intense. His story is pretty good. I originally read the book back in '79. Believed it for the Warrens stuff..... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vomit
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Wow!
An eye-opening documentary on the effects of child abuse and the forced narrative of fables on the minds of young children that can't rationalize, compartmentalize or reason the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darrell A. Lane
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