THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS (2017) Reviews and overview


‘Every legend has a beginning’

The Amityville Murders is a 2017 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Daniel Farrands (co-writer and producer of Amityville: The Awakening; producer of The Id and The Haunting in Connecticut; director of Crystal Lake Memories). It stars John Robinson, Diane Franklin and Paul Ben-Victor. 

Skyline Entertainment will release the movie in theaters, on VOD and Digital in February, 2019.


On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill.

Thirteen months later, the Lutz family bought the house and stayed only 28 days before fleeing in terror. Their nightmarish ordeal shocked the world in The Amityville Horror. The Lutzes may have escaped from Amityville with their lives … but the DeFeo’s weren’t so lucky. This is their story.


The Amityville Murders covers enough bases to be an average at best horror movie. Oddly, that’s good enough to make it exceptional as an Amityville film, considering the low bar of quality applied to anything with that word in the title. On the other hand, it’s ultimately redundant since Amityville II: The Possession already tells the same story…” Culture Crypt

” …there are a few scenes between Robinson and Ricketts in the small secret room from which the evil seems to emanate. This movie might have done well to pare everything down and keep things there, in the room, with the two troubled teens searching for a way out of their abusive family situation. In the end, what we are left with is yet another bad Amityville movie that fails to entertain or scare.” Horror Buzz

“While nothing particularly groundbreaking (in a world of multiple installments of The Conjuring, Insidious and Paranormal Activity), The Amityville Murders is a well-acted, smartly-produced and sometimes upsetting supernatural thriller – certainly worth a look.” Horrorfreak News

The Amityville Murders will probably appeal more to true crime fans than horror fans. We do get the occasional shadowy figure or self opening door. But we get a lot more indications that the murders were committed without any supernatural involvement.” , Voices from the Balcony

The Amityville Murders is the type of horror movie intended to make you feel miserable, so when it’s not visceral it’s just no fun at all. It stalls interminably to get to the inevitable end which, even if you didn’t already know the story, is confirmed in the movie’s very first scene.” We Live Entertainment

Main cast:

  • John Robinson
  • Diane Franklin – Waking Nightmare; TerrorVision; Amityville II: The Possession
  • Paul Ben-Victor – Freddy’s Nightmares TV series
  • Lainie Kazan
  • Chelsea Ricketts
  • Rebekah Graf
  • Jon Mack
  • Zane Austin
  • Steve Trzaska
  • Kue Lawrence
  • Eddie Alfano
  • Sage Stewart
  • Noa Brenner
  • Sky Patterson

Fun Facts:

The original title was The Haunting on Long Island: The Amityville Murders