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28 Days of Terror in a House Possessed by Evil SpiritsIn December 1975 the Lutz family moved into their dream home the same home where Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents brothers and sisters just one year earlierthe psychic phenomena that followed created the most terrifying experience the Lutz family had ever encountered forcing them to flee the house in 28 days convinced that it was possessed by evil spiritsTheir fantastic story never before disclosed in full detail makes for an unforgettable book with all the shocks and gripping suspense of The Exorcist The Omen or Rosemary's Baby but with one vital differencethe story is true back cover

10 thoughts on “The Amityville Horror

  1. says:

    OK folks for the last time here's the real story 1 On 13 November 1974 a murder occurred in the home known as High Hopes located at what was then 112 Ocean Avenue Amityville New York The victims of the crime were the DeFeo family Ronald Sr Louise and four of their five children; Dawn Allison Mark and John 2 Ronald Butch DeFeo Jr eldest son of the DeFeo family burst into a local bar in town that night around 630PM asking for help 3 Butch DeFeo was later tried for and found guilty of the murders of his family and was sentenced to the Green Haven Penitentiary Every attempt DeFeo has made to be granted parole has been rejected he is serving consecutive life sentences DeFeo turns 56 years old next week 0926074 The house was resold following the murders and probate Among the owners since the murders were a couple named George and Kathy Lutz who occupied the house in late 1975 The Lutzes later collaborated with an author to write this true account of their stay in the house Mrs Lutz has since passed away from cancer 5 No other owner of the property has complained of psychic disturbance hauntings paranormal activity or any other issues with the house The novels which followed this one claim the house is located on a Native American burial ground No local tribe has substantiated this claim 6 Due to unwanted publicity the house has been painted and the number changed to avoid onlookers The murders happened folks They're real they were tragic There are some odd inconsistencies about them But that is IT There is NOTHING to substantiate any possession haunting demonology incest or anything else suggested in this book It is a work of fiction which the Lutz's lawyer later suggested they dreamed up after a night of drinking If you want a book about a haunting go find a good telling of the story of the Bell Witch verified by a President of the United States or read the Weird series edited by Mark Moran This is just nonsense There is no basement door to hell in a uiet Long Island suburb Sorry to disappoint everyone steps off soapbox End of Rant Thank you

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    Let's pause for a minute and laugh out loud at the fact that this stupid book was in the nonfiction section of my library HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA HAHAHA HA HA HAAAAAAOK I think that's good WaitHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA OH MAN HAHA'OKThat's not why it gets one lousy star anyway It gets one star because I think it was written by a twelve year old The writing was so bad that it distracted me from the absolutely ridiculous story There was just no life in the story at all I mean the ghosts described in the book were alive than this tired boring fake yeah I said it story My God man at least use a few adjectives here and there Give me some description of who these people are and why I should care If this is supposed to be horrifying why does it feel like you just learned how to write a paragraph?First people moved into a house Second weird things happened to them After that they were scared to live there Finally you won't believe what happened next End of chapter cliffhanger and oh my goodness can you believe what's happening? You can't? Wow I can't either because it didn't And even if this was in the fiction section it wouldn't be worth your time because it feels like a story a bunch of Boy Scouts tell each other around a campfire not something to actually readThat's the gist of the story with minor embellishments Minor Perhaps if someone else wrote this book I may have cared a little I don't know I don't care Happy Halloween everyone Pick a different book to scare you this year

  3. says:

    Loved it More than I should have probably A brilliant way to write a novel yes let's just admit this is a novel The matter of fact journalistic tone used to describe horrific events expertly aided the 'realism' façade and it made for great storytelling Toward the end the pacing went off and turned into kitchen sink horror just throw everything out there but it still worked The ending 'Afterward' was genius and is likely why this classic endures and continues to inspire a whole subgenre of horrorIf you've seen one of the zillion Amityville movies but haven't read the book you're missing out It's a different and wholly enjoyable experience

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    This true story is about as scary as a KehaCharlie Sheen lovechild It's terrifying but it's not the baby's fault It was created out of a union of glitter vomit and Tiger Blood Mama SLutz is an attention whore just in it for the money and notoriety and Daddy is a talentless hack who just spouts random words emphatically and claims they make sense It's like it was written by a 12 year old with ADD and then edited by someone who speaks English as a 2nd language and started taking the classes just yesterday Exclamation point But hey they did something right because I just read this pile of steaming poo Exclamation pointSo let me tell you about the book m'kay? There's this family called the sLutzes They moved into this house on the 18th of December no the 23rd of December no the 18th of December because when they moved out on January 14th that was 28 days and Jay Anson can count yayyyy Exclamation point So the Putzes SLutzes Wait Did we meet Father Frank yet? Father Frank has a BAD FEELING And then he gets sick with the flu a lot and that makes him feel bad So then the SLutzes move in on the 18th 23rd 18th of December and then weird stuff starts happening in their house like the windows opening and it being cold They have money problems and can't afford their boat or their wardrobe but never go to work Also Officer Gionfriddo is the most badass ninja policeman Exclamation point He can drive down the street and totally not see that guy going into the WITCHES' BREW until 50 feet after he passes him and then recognize his beard the way he walks and the shape of his body Crouching Gionfriddo Hidden Ninja Multiple Exclamation Points HIGH SCOREFather Frank had blisters on his hands Then there was a lion Then George was all like LET MY PEOPLE GO and then Gionfriddo sat uietly in his police car with the lights off watching in a non creeper way while George acted all like a lunatic but later Gionfriddo said it was OK because they were closing the windows so he drove away with his lights off totally not like a creeper I said SCARY PIG Jodie says he's an angel but he's really a BEAST RUN Then there is a storm and they are TRAPPED IN THE HOUSE except for when they got in the car to go to the doctor's office for some band aids and baby tylenol Also call Father Frank Then they moved out and then the story was over except when they levitated some and then moved to California where levitation is illegal Congratulations You've now read The Amityville Horror I'm sorry

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    The Amityville Horror is a book whose reviews are all over the place On my friends list I have ratings from 1 to 5 stars all across the board I wasn't sure where I would fall in relation to my GR buddies I listened to this one on audio as it was one of the 3 books that appealed to me and was available through OverDrive It was a uick listen and I really enjoyed the narration I watched the movie in my teens and there have been so many of them made I really don’t know which one I watched or how good of an interpretation it was To be honest I don’t remember a whole lot I remember the basement opening up to Hell and a little girl standing on the top of the roof Other than that? Not a whole heck of a lot Clearly it left a lasting impression ; I liked the way the narrative was broken up You get the story from a few different sources There is the interview with the family who experienced it There is the view of the investigator taking their statement And there is the view of the priest that was afflicted with flu like symptoms after trying to rid the house of evil spiritsIt was a uniue story and one that has probably been called into uestion since it was told The history of the house and the mystery behind what actually happened there is part of the allure of THIS book And I could see why others might think they made it all upSometimes there are things that are beyond explanation There are things that cannot be explained There are things that make us uestion the higher powers of the universe ; they make us uestion our own beliefs I did enjoy the book and especially the narration I still haven't made up my own mind as to what I believe and what I don’t But this is a book that will resonate with me The weird part of me is that reading a book like this knowing it is a real place makes me want to go buy the house and see what happens Jeff what do you think? Time for a change of scenery? I hear the basement down there is something forespecial

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    Do you think it's haunted?No way I don't believe in ghosts”It seems the reading world is clearly divided about this book The common uestion obviously being is this actually true? I would like to add another uestion to the euation does it actually matter?To some extent it does The extent to which this novel will scare you correlates directly to awhether you believe the events depicted here are true and b your religious orientation Personally I’m still reserving judgement on just how “true” everything in here may or may not be The spine classification says “non fiction” but we’ve long since learnt not to believe everything we read The book did create a storm of controversy and I’d be very surprised if it hadn’t It’s just that kind of book Something that did occur to me while reading this was the old adage “Where there’s smoke” I'm worried about what could happen next Why don't you just get out of that house for a while?Then again take a step back and look at the book from a different point of view How many other similar stories have you read which you absolutely knew was fiction and it still scared the living daylights out of you? It needn’t be a wasted opportunity – you have an imagination don’t you?I will say this for the subject matter if stories like The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby scared you this book will too Of that I don’t have much doubt If the events depicted here are in fact true this book’s creep factor skyrockets through the roof ”There's something in our roomI enjoyed the book well enough From a literary point of view however the writing is very workmanlike and matter of factual and frankly just a bit bland It adds to the feeling of realism but a few dramatic flourishes would have made the whole thing a bit enjoyable And let’s be honest there are scenes that come across as a bit hokey Still – it’s a fairly solid three stars ”We’re trapped It’s not going to let us go”In closing If you are one of those people who would normally skip the Foreword and Afterword of a book it is important in the case of The Amityville Horror to actually read it just to get some perspective Yes even if you think it’s hogwash

  7. says:

    Even if the events of this book are disputed it is still a scary and interesting ghost story

  8. says:

    5 starsI don’t even know where to begin I fear this may be a long chaotic mess of thoughts so please bear with me or skim or totally ignore I’ve always been fascinated with the occult The Exorcist both the book and the movie RIP Mr Blatty scared the hell out of me pardon the pun It still does Every Single Time And I love being scared I love horror movies haunted houses Ouija boards even though my husband forbids them and Halloween I love Halloween so much it’s my wedding anniversary My freshman year of college I was a moron I had an English class where I had to write a basic research paper on anything I wanted I chose exorcism Why? MoronFascination is one thing; belief is another I didn’t actually believe all this stuff; I just liked reading about it All my research during that semester long assignment pointed to one book Hostage to the Devil The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin I was nineteen This was before the internet and I actually had to check books out of physical buildings called libraries I had to find Hostage to the Deviland I couldn’t It had mysteriously vanished from every library within 100 miles of my college My dad happened to find a copy in some little secondhand bookstore and when he told the bookseller who it was for and why the guy actually tried to convince him not to buy it But I’m stubborn and my dad knew one way or another I'd find it He bought it anyway At the risk of unintentionally reviewing Hostage too I’ll just sayI kind of wish he would have listened That book messed me up I didn’t sleep for weeks I was on edge Things happened in my college apartment I couldn’t explain I managed to turn in an incomplete paper and my professor took pity on me He gave me a “B” and told me to get some sleepWhy am I telling you this? I have absolutely no idea I guess because it’s been on my mind lately reading this book and then yesterday with the death of William Peter Blatty and this oddly timed report on Father Martin For at least a decade after that taxing English class I wouldn’t go near this stuff But time has a way of minimizing even the most frightening memories and looking back I’m convinced I was just sleep deprived and hormonal So here we are I read Amityville finally Not just any Amityville but a used battered paperback that looks like it holds its own demons Was it scary? Not particularly—at least not when compared to The Exorcist Plus to be able to read the faded print I had the room lit up like noon in August Was it good? Definitely And for someone interested in the occult it is in fact fascinating If you look at the reviews it seems the people who believe the Lutz's account rate it much higher than the people who don’t I went into this thinking I'd be impartial; I’d just rate it as a work of fiction and leave it at that Easier said than done because the entire way through I uestioned everything Did this stuff really happen? If they were lying what was their motive? How do you explain the testimony of respected corroborating witnesses like Father Mancuso and the local police force? It was impossible for me to read this simply as a work of fiction and to review it I had to look at it from all angles The writing the storytelling Fact vs fiction The phenomenon the controversy the legacy As a whole it's kind of brilliantShould you read it? If you’re into this kind of stuff? Absolutely I wanted to go big thus the creepy looking paperback but if you really want to be scaredread the e book version Alone at night With the lights out Oh and sweet dreams

  9. says:

    This was a re read for me I read it back in the late 70's when it first came out and even then I didn't think it was that great Now I was compelled to finish but if it weren't for Ray Porter's narration I might not haveThis isn't great writing but the story is interesting as hell All these years later I'm still wondering how much of this actually happened

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    Ignore the overshadowing debate about whether or not it actually happened and you're left with one of the most finely crafted haunted house stories ever written The narrative is so solid so matter of fact that one cannot argue with it This is how it happened the book says and what happened was horrifying The feel is perfect the book carries an ominous feeling from the first to the last page much like the house on Ocean Avenue itself Forget any of the cash in novels or films this is a powerful frightening masterpiece of horror It takes a second place only to Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door as the scariest book I have ever read