Do you rely on Snopes reporting? Become a member today. The tale of a reportedly demon-infested house in Amityville, New York, became a best-selling novel in and a hit horror film starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder in Several inferior movie sequels followed in its wake including a 3-D version , and 15 April saw the debut of a remake, this one starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. I remember going by that house and how scary it was.
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Do you rely on Snopes reporting? Become a member today. The tale of a reportedly demon-infested house in Amityville, New York, became a best-selling novel in and a hit horror film starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder in Several inferior movie sequels followed in its wake including a 3-D version , and 15 April saw the debut of a remake, this one starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George.
I remember going by that house and how scary it was. A moment in American history, perhaps. But a true story? The story behind the story began on 13 November , when six members of an Amityville, New York, family were killed.
The parents, Ronald and Louise DeFeo, were shot in bed while they slept, along with their two sons and two daughters. The sole remaining family member, Ronald Jr. With the family dead and Butch in no position to inherit the place , the house went up for sale. The horrific nature of the massacre unnerved the otherwise quiet Long Island neighborhood, though no supernatural activity was associated with the house at Ocean Avenue.
The following year, a new family, the Lutzes, moved into the house. George and Kathy Lutz, along with their three children, said that shortly after they moved in, their six-bedroom abode became a Hell house. It seemed that perhaps the demons that drove Butch to slaughter his family were not in his head but in the house. An unseen force ripped doors from hinges and slammed cabinets closed, noxious green slime oozed from the ceilings, a biblical-scale swarm of insects attacked the family, and a demonic face with glowing red eyes peered into their house at night, leaving cloven-hoofed footprints in the morning snow.
All agreed that a demonic spirit was in the house, and that an exorcism would be needed to stop the activity. The Lutzes left the house and took their terrifying tale with them, collaborating with Anson on the book The Amityville Horror.
A few examples of these discrepancies: The Lutzes could not have found the demonic hoofprint in the snow when they said they did, because weather records showed there had been no snowfall to leave prints in. Still, the Lutzes stuck to their story, reaping tens of thousands of dollars from the book and film rights.
While the Lutzes profited handsomely from their story, Weber had planned to use the haunting to gain a new trial for his client. George Lutz reportedly still claims that the events are mostly true, but has offered no evidence to back up his claim. To this day, the fact that The Amityville Horror story was an admitted hoax is still not widely known — as we often say, the truth never stands in the way of a good story. Though the story was made up by the Lutzes and further sensationalized by Anson, there were real victims of The Amityville Horror the film, not the demons.
In addition to the murdered DeFeo family, the subsequent occupants of the Amityville home have suffered a continual stream of harassment by curiosity seekers, horror fans, and gawkers who want to photograph and tour their infamous house. We need your help.
The Amityville Horror
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! By William J. Some people say Anson is a liar, a sloppy researcher, that he participates knowingly in a circus-like conspiracy to promote his book, that his prose is as sprightly as glue and that the people he wrote his ghost story about lied to him. William G. Roll, head of the Psychical Research Foundation, calls the book a work of fiction. Moran knows Anson, has appeared on television and done radio shows with him. I have no quarrel with Jay.
Was ‘Amityville Horror’ Based on a True Story?
He was convicted of second-degree murder in November In December , George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there. The five-bedroom house was built in Dutch Colonial style, and had a distinctive gambrel roof. It also had a swimming pool and a boathouse , as it was located on a canal.
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Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror. The owner of a land surveying company, William H. Parry, Inc. She said that she had a new house that she wanted to show them, and that she could take them through the place between three and three-thirty. George made the appointment and the broker -- an attractive, warm woman -- took them there at three in the afternoon. She was very pleasant and patient with the young couple.