[[caption-width-right:275:The house as it really looks back in TheSeventies. ]]

->'''''[-GET OUT-]'''''

''TheAmityvilleHorror'' is a 1979 horror film based on a novel by Jay Ansen. It chronicles the ([[BasedOnAGreatBigLie supposedly true]]) events that befell the Lutz family, who moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York only to move out 28 days later, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena there.

They discover that the house was the scene of a multiple murder, when the previous owner, Ronald "Butch" [=DeFeo=], Jr., had shot and killed six members of his family on November 13, 1974. During their stay in the house, the Lutzes start to experience various phenomena that tell them that whatever malevolent force drove [=DeFeo=] to such violence might still be there...

It was followed by [[CashCowFranchise a series of sequels and a remake]]:
* ''Amityville II: The Possession'' (1982)
* ''Amityville 3-D'' (1983)
* ''Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes'' (1989)
* ''The Amityville Curse'' (1990)
* ''Amityville: It's About Time'' (1992)
* ''Amityville: A New Generation'' (1993)
* ''Amityville Dollhouse'' (1996)
* ''The Amityville Horror'' (2005; remake)
* ''The Amityville Haunting'' (2012; by Creator/TheAsylum)

!! This movie series contains examples of:


[[folder: General ]]

* ArtifactsOfDoom: Following the third movie, the house is no longer actually featured as the main setting. Rather, its evil is passed on through certain objects that wind up in new homes, turning them in ersatz Amityvilles. These objects include a lamp, a clock, and a mirror.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie:...''maybe''. But the [=DeFeo=] murders really happened though.
* ConsummateLiar: If you believe the whole story is a lie, then the Lutzes are this trope. They took a polygraph, and passed (though it must be noted that polygraphs are [[HollywoodScience less reliable than people think]]).
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Upper windows in the house are portrayed this way.
* HauntedHeadquarters
* HauntedHouse
* InfantImmortality: Averted and played straight numerous times.
* LovecraftCountry: Although it's Set in Long Island, New York.
* NewHouseNewProblems: As noted in the description. Interestingly, the ''next'' owners after the Lutz reported absolutely no such problems with the house.
* NumberedSequels
* {{Premiseville}}
* SupernaturalProofFather
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: [=DeFeo=]'s lawyer claimed it was a hoax. The films and books are ''very'' different from what the Lutz family claimed happened as well.


[[folder: The Novel ]]

* ImaginaryFriend: Jodie the pig.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The pig-like demonic creature called Jodie had red glowing eyes.


[[folder: The Movie ]]

* AdultFear - There are various examples of this:
** A lot of the drama and even some of the horror in the movie centers around money problems: Kathy's brother loses $1500 in cash, George bounces a check and his business seems to be in trouble. Finally there's the very real concern that the house, aside from being evil, is an $80,000 investment that's going FromBadToWorse.
** The children are being terrorized by the house as much as the adults, and there's a growing possibility that George will hurt them himself.
** Then there's that most fearsome and adult of adult fears: in one scene, George can't get it up.
* TheAllegedCar - Father [=DeLaney=]'s car flies to pieces when he's on the way to visit the cursed house, almost killing him and Father Bolen.
* ArbitrarySkepticism - For men who have devoted their lives to God, the priests in this movie have an awfully hard time accepting the existence of Satan.
* ArcNumber - Bad things happen at 3:15 AM.
* AxCrazy - George is implied to become this over the course of the movie and he develops an overwhelming fondness for chopping firewood.
* CatScare: George Lutz, lost in thought, is playing with one his cigarettes when suddenly a cat pops up in his window and scares the hell out of him.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Inverted. George feels cold everywhere, except in the evil basement of doom.
* GetOut:
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Pig!Jodie, complete with PsychoStrings.
* HellGate:
-->''"Find the well... it's the passage... to hell! COVER IT!"''
* NightmareFetishist - George's business partner's wife appears to be sexually excited by the bad vibes emanating from the house.
* TheStoic - Father Bolen invokes this pretty hard. That or he's half 2x4, on his mother's side.
* ThousandYardStare - George develops one of these. Or maybe he's just squinting to keep the [[AxCrazy splinters out of his eyes]]


[[folder: Amityville II: The Possession ]]

* AbusiveDad: Anthony Montelli is quick to use violence on his children even before moving to the house.
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: See BrotherSisterIncest below.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Montelli family was immensely f-ed up, even ''before'' they move in.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Sonny Montelli is influenced by the evil in the house to seduce and have sex with his sister.
* DemonicPossession: Sonny Montelli.
* EvilPhone: Father Daminsky gets calls from beyond the grave.
* ForegoneConclusion: If you've seen the first movie, or know about the real life murders that inspired the story, you'll know exactly what is going to happen.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't actually see Sonny shooting his brother and sisters.
* HearingVoices: Sonny hears voices through his earphones telling him to kill his family.
* LightningReveal: Flash of lightning reveals Sonny aiming his gun on his little brother.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Father Adamsky says to Father Tom, "It was her that night, trying to reach me," his voice has a bit of this in it.
* {{Prequel}}: To the original movie.
* PresentDayPast: While supposedly taking place in 1974, the (1982) movie shows a ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' poster[[note]]''Rocky'' was released in 1976[[/note]], a Walkman[[note]]prototype built in 1978, available in the US in 1980[[/note]] and cars from the 80s.
* RomanAClef: While based on the [=DeFeo=] family, all names were changed.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Sonny ends up killing his parents and siblings.


[[folder: Amityville 3-D ]]

* [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: The house is destroyed in the end, but instead spawns the Garage Sale of Doom.
* FliesEqualsEvil
* ThirdIs3D


[[folder: Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes ]]

* BodySurf: The Evil can't transmigrate into people very well but it can hop into other inanimate forms, and the stinger has it leaving the broken lamp and possessing a housecat.
* HandInTheHole: The garbage disposal scene.
* LightIsNotGood: The [[{{Narm}} evil lamp]].
* TheOneWith: This is the best known of the sequels, because it's the one with the EVIL LAMP.


[[folder: The Amityville Curse ]]

* InNameOnly: It only takes place in Amityville, and is set in a completely different haunted house which has nothing to do with the titular home at all.


[[folder: Amityville: It's About Time ]]

* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives]]: [[spoiler: The cursed clock brought from the original house causes a ResetButtonEnding to avoid getting destroyed in an explosion, only to be destroyed by the FinalGirl, who retained her memories of everything the clock caused before it can do it again.]]
* ImMelting: Happens to Lisa's boyfriend, Andy.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Rusty winds up killing [[spoiler: his sister, Lisa]] in self-defense after the house possesses her. He sticks a stereo jack in her mouth, then turns the stereo on and electrocutes her.
* OddFriendship: Rusty and Iris.
* TitleByNumber: Also known as ''Amityville 1992''.
* TitleDrop: Andrea's explanation for [[spoiler: smashing the clock]] at the end of the movie? "It's about time, that's what!"


[[folder: Amityville: A New Generation ]]

* MagicMirror: Actually, it's more a cursed mirror.


[[folder: Amityville Dollhouse ]]

* CreepyDoll
* TheDollEpisode


[[folder: The Remake ]]

* ArcWords: "Katch 'em. Kill 'em."
* CreepyChild: [[AmbiguouslyEvil Possible]] subversion with the ghost of Jodie [=DeFeo=].
* MadnessMantra: ''"KATCH'EM AND KILL 'EM!"''
* MirrorScare: Admit it, the one in this film was pretty epic.
* UndeadChild: Jodie [=DeFeo=].


[[folder: The Amityville Haunting ]]

* CoversAlwaysLie: The house doesn't look like the one on the cover. At all.
* FoundFootageFilms
* UndeadChild: John Matthew, the youngest of the Defeo children.


[[folder: Unsorted ]]

* AnimatedAdaptation: There was actually an animated 'documentary' made of the original ''Amityville Horror'' movie. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids They even showed it in public schools.]]
* IndianBurialGround: According to the the crazy psychic lady, the Indians dumped their crazy people on this land to die and that the bodies are still there, effectively making it an IndianBurialGround, even though they didn't bury the bodies.
** Also a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the white guys aren't getting punished for being 'disprespectful' so much as for being dumb enough to build a house right atop Angry Demon Central.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The hidden room under the house is different between films, but unpleasant and crazy anyhow.
* ScareChord