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Film / The Amityville Horror (2005)

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The 2005 Remake of the 1979 film of the same name, starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachel Nichols, and Philip Baker Hall.

Like in the previous film, a family moves into a Haunted House residing in Amityville, and the evil within it starts messing with them.

This film has examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: George sees a demonic spirit lunging at him an starts whacks it down with an axe. Afterwards, he realizes that he has been killing the family dog instead.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The possessed George Lutz. The actual George was not pleased and tried to sue the filmmakers until his death.
  • Ax-Crazy: George begins to go down this path after becoming influenced by the house. Although he manages to get over it when he and his family leave.
  • An Axe to Grind: When he fails to catch his family with a shotgun and loses it, George grabs the axe.
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  • Arc Words: "Katch 'em. Kill 'em."
  • Catapult Nightmare: George sees a nightmare where he finds himself with a shotgun, which he uses to blow his brains out. He then sits up in fright as he wakes up.
  • Creepy Child: Possible subversion with the ghost of Jodie DeFeo.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the original movie, due to the remake's emphasis on the shock factor and Jump Scares as well as the Adaptational Villainy of the possessed George Lutz.
  • Death by Adaptation: The dog is killed by a possessed George. Not only did the dog survive the supernatural events, but the real-life George Lutz was disgusted by this twist in the movie.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Played with, George feels cold everywhere in the house except the basement, where the evil originates.
  • Hearing Voices: George starts hearing disembodied that constantly tell him to "katch 'em, kill 'em".
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  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real George Lutz never sank to the depths portrayed in the film.
  • Pater Familicide: The evil in the house tries to goad George to kill his family.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Kathy is unable to shoot her possessed husband, but she can knock his lights out with it.
  • Shirtless Scene: George spends a scene chopping wood without a shirt.
  • Single Tear: Jodie DeFeo's spirit is shown shedding a tear and smiling after the Lutzes manage to escape the house's influence... and in a final Jump Scare, she's pulled under the floor by ghostly hands.


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