The Amityville Horror (2005) flashes the phrase, â€śBased on the True Story,â€ť at its beginning. However, the film tests how far one can teeter with the words, â€śbased on.â€ť Considering only the filmâ€™s first five minutes are â€śbased onâ€ť the actual story and the rest of the running-time is just winged to assist in raising the scare factor, The Amityville Horror is a total traitor of an adaptation. Despite it being light years ahead of its time compared to the original, The Amityville Horror doesnâ€™t accomplish much more than a few solid frights.
While living in a large white houseâ€”considered to be cursed, Ronald Defeo slays his wife and children and then claims that voices from within his house told him to murder his family. One year later, Kathy Lutz (Melissa George) and her new husband George (Ryan Reynolds) are in the market for a new house. The couple stumbles upon a house that, at a glance, appears to be out of their price range, but in fact, it is a hellacious deal. â€śWhatâ€™s the catch?â€ť says George. â€śThere is always a catch.â€ť
This question prompts the real-estate agent to inform the man and woman that one year prior, a family was murdered in the house and the slayer said that â€śthe house made him do it.â€ť George retorts, â€śHouses donâ€™t kill people; people kill people.â€ť Thus, they decide to make a down payment and move in. Consequently, George soon finds himself following in Ronald Defeoâ€™s footstepsâ€”descending further into wickedness with each passing day.
In terms of horror, The Amityville Horror is respectable. Aside from the â€śbooâ€ť moments, Amityville even has a few scenes that both make your skin crawl and your blood curdle. On the other hand, scares are really all The Amityville Horror has to flauntâ€”that is, with the exception of Ryan Reynoldsâ€™ ripped upper-body.