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A horror film based on a [[Literature/TheAmityvilleHorror novel of the same name]] by Jay Anson that 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.

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A horror film starring Creator/MargotKidder and Creator/JamesBrolin based on a [[Literature/TheAmityvilleHorror novel of the same name]] by Jay Anson that 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.


* FanDisservice: Creator/JamesBrolin in saggy tighty-whiteys.

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* FanDisservice: Creator/JamesBrolin in saggy tighty-whiteys.tighty-whitey briefs.

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* DistressedWoodchopping: As life in the new house gets progressively more strained, George starts spending more time in the backyard, chopping wood manically and obsessively.


* FanDisservice: Creator/JamesBrolin in saggy tighty-whities.

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* FanDisservice: Creator/JamesBrolin in saggy tighty-whities.tighty-whiteys.

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** Kathy's children are from a previous marriage, and George worries about them accepting him as their father even before the haunting begins.






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** The entire movie builds up on the idea that George is getting possessed by an evil entity and he's going to cause a mass murder similar to the one in the prologue. Complete with nightmares, axe shots, and the fact he slowly goes mad from staying in the house and eventually gets aggressive towards each one of his family members. [[spoiler:He goes back to his normal self in the climax for no apparent reason.]]

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** The entire movie builds up on the idea that George is getting possessed by an evil entity and he's going to cause a mass murder similar to the one in the prologue. Complete with nightmares, axe shots, and the fact he He slowly goes mad from staying in the house house, complete with nightmares, axe shots, and and eventually gets aggressive towards each one of his family members. members, plus Kathy discovers that he has an uncanny resembance to the mass murderer who previously lived in the house. [[spoiler:He snaps out of it after almost killing Kathy with an axe in the climax and goes back to his normal self in the climax for no apparent reason.]]



** Why does George look like the mass murderer who previously lived in the house? This is never elaborated on.
*** It's probably meant to provide foreshadowing for the first bullet point.


* IdenticalStranger: George Lutz looks similar to Ronald DeFeo, the man who killed the previous family who lived in the house.

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* IdenticalStranger: George Lutz looks similar to Ronald DeFeo, [=DeFeo=] Jr., the man who killed the previous family who lived in the house.


* BasedOnATrueStory / RippedFromTheHeadlines: The movie is [[FilmOfTheBook based on a book]] about the accounts of the Lutz family as they move into the house Ronald DeFeo killed his family in.

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* BasedOnATrueStory / RippedFromTheHeadlines: The movie is [[FilmOfTheBook based on a book]] about the accounts of the Lutz family as they move into the house Ronald DeFeo [=DeFeo=] Jr. killed his family in.

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* FanDisservice: Creator/JamesBrolin in saggy tighty-whities.


* No Shirt, Long Jacket: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.

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* No Shirt, Long Jacket: NoShirtLongJacket: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.


* {{No Shirt, Long Jacket}}: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.

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* {{No No Shirt, Long Jacket}}: Jacket: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.


* {{No Shirt, Long Jacket}}: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.

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* {{No *{{No Shirt, Long Jacket}}: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.

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*{{No Shirt, Long Jacket}}: George checks the boathouse in nothing but jeans and a jacket, bare-chested despite it being winter. He even returns to the house this way.


*** It's probably meant to provide foreshadowing for the first bullet point.



* BasedOnATrueStory / RippedFromTheHeadlines: The movie is [[FilmOfTheBook based on a book]] about the accounts of the Lutz family as they move into the house Ronald DeFeo killed his family in.



* CutPhoneLines: In every conversation with Mancuso

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* CutPhoneLines: In every conversation with MancusoMancuso ends up like this.
* EvilDetectingDog: The family dog scratches at a part of the basement wall. When the wall is torn down, it is revealed to lead to a HellGate.


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* IdenticalStranger: George Lutz looks similar to Ronald DeFeo, the man who killed the previous family who lived in the house.

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