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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 and starts whacking it down with an axe. Afterwards, he realizes that he was killing the family dog instead.
  • Adaptational Name Change: The children are renamed as Billy, Michael and Chelsea (as opposed to Daniel, Christopher and Missy). And Father Mancuso (Delaney in the original film) is now Father Callaway.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The possessed George Lutz. The actual George was not pleased and tried to sue the filmmakers until his death.
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  • 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.
  • Arc Words: "Katch 'em. Kill 'em."
  • Artistic License – History: The biggest one is that Jodie, rather than the pig-like demon with glowing red eyes, is portrayed as the sixth member of the DeFeo family.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: The movie's Jeremiah Ketcham combines two elements of the original book and film's backstory, the Indian burial ground on the house and John Ketcham's alleged witchcraft, while also making him a priest which even Jay Anson's book never claimed to be the case.
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  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Father Callaway's role is much reduced compared to the original book and film. He doesn't even appear until halfway through the film, when the Lutzes have already lived in the house for several weeks. On the other hand, unlike the original movie where Father Delaney never manages to contact the Lutzes, Kathy is the one who reaches out to him and they have a few scenes together.
  • 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".
  • Historical Villain Downgrade: Jodie in the original book and movie is a vaguely evil, pig-like demon who is at least in league with the evil, if not controlling it. This film's Jodie DeFeo, although undoubtedly creepy, comes across as much more benign (though she still traps the babysitter in the closet and lures Chelsea to the roof), and may even be trying to warn the Lutzes of the house's evil rather than to trap them there.
  • 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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