Vetting movies before they get shown at my horror nights is pretty important given the horrific disaster when I didn’t check the wobbling shower of turds that is SARS WARS: Bangkok Zombie Crisis (2004, Taweewat Wantha) and inflicted it on my poor, poor friends. Hence this film is one of the films that will undergo the vetting process and will get a pass/fail at the end of the review.
Platinum Dunes continue their run of horror remakes with this adaptation of the possibly true/probably bollocks story of George and Kathy Lutz and their spooky Dutch colonial house. Unfortunately the film is indicative of a recent lack of creativity in American horror. It’s become evident over recent years that European and World Cinema has taken a bit of a lead in inventive horror cinema specifically. Whilst the US revels in remaking classics from the 70s and 80s the French cinema in particular is racing ahead – producing great original horror. The Amityville Horror doesn’t really do anything special, the story is essentially the same as the original film with a few plot variations. Ryan Reynolds resembles a male model rather than a tradesman and Home & Away alumni Melissa George is perhaps a touch to young to play a mother of three. The scares are a little too frequent and certainly lack subtlety. FAIL