THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS (2017) Reviews and overview

  

‘Every legend has a beginning’

The Amityville Murders is a 2017 American horror 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).

The stars John Robinson, Diane Franklin (Waking Nightmare; TerrorVision; Amityville II: The Possession), Paul Ben-Victor (Freddy’s Nightmares TV series).

Plot:
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.

Reviews:
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

“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

Release date:
Skyline Entertainment released the movie theatrically on VOD and Digital in February 2019.

Cast and characters:
John Robinson … Ronald ‘Butch’ Defeo, Jr.
Chelsea Ricketts … Dawn DeFeo
Paul Ben-Victor … Ronnie Defeo, Sr.
Diane Franklin … Louise DeFeo
Lainie Kazan … Angela ‘Nonna’ Brigante
Burt Young … Michael Brigante
Zane Austin … Marc Defeo
Noa Brenner … Allison Defeo
Kue Lawrence … John ‘Jody ‘DeFeo
Rebekah Graf … Donna Benedettio
Sky Liam Patterson … Steve Pelskie
Steve Trzaska … Randy ‘Beak’ Buechler
Eddie Alfano … Officer Aiello
Andrew Colin Allen … Officer 2 / Shadow Demon
Jon Mack … Real Estate Agent
Scottie Gee Gerardi … George Lutz
Rachel McLaughlan … Kathy Lutz
Steven Barton … Thug
Lani Duncan … Shadow Demon
Giselle Fernandez … Shadow Demon

Technical details:
97 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Fun Facts:
Burt Young, who played Anthony Montelli and Diane Franklin, who played Patricia Montelli in Amityville II: The Possession both have roles in this film.

Working title:
The Haunting on Long Island: The Amityville Murders

Trailer:

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