Amityville Horror

Genre: Horror

Director: Andrew Douglas

Screenplay: Scott Kosar based on the novel by Jay Anson

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett, and Chloe Moretz

The Lutz Family has just bought a new family home, and they are eager to start their new lives together. They just didn’t realize that the home was already occupied when they moved in. Strange occurrences continue to happen and worsen. Something dark and evil is trying to prey upon the Lutz family, but can they stop it?

This isn’t a terrible remake for starters. I actually liked the subtle changes in this interpretation. They put more of the original murder story into this film by using the victims to haunt as well as the evil that surrounds the place. The original story is mostly psychological toying with the supposed actual truth of the events. Since the technological effects were nowhere near the capabilities available to the remake, one would assume that the new movie would head off more in that direction. This was not the case, though there were obvious advances in the effects. They still chose to use the story as the best asset, which the actors helped out with.

I honestly was a little skeptical of seeing Ryan Reynolds in this film, due to this being the first time he took such a serious leading role. Before this, he was mostly known for his comedic abilities. I was delighted to see that he could handle such a role and be taken seriously. This type of flexibility usually leads to phenomenal performances as an actor. By no means do I ever want him to stop comedy, because his sarcasm is divine. I won’t mind seeing his serious roles either.

I give this film 3 Buttery Kernals.

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