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The actual house back in The '70s.


Amityville franchise is a series of films and books that are about a certain Haunted House (and later other objects associated with it) that resides in 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville. It began with the 1977 novel The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson that was made into a film in 1979.



  • The Amityville Horror (1977)
  • The Amityville Curse (1981)
  • The Amityville Horror Part II (1982)
  • Amityville: The Final Chapter (1985)
  • Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1988)
  • Amityville: The Horror Returns (1989)
  • Amityville: The Nightmare Continues (1991)


This movie series contains examples of:

  • Animated Adaptation: There was actually an animated 'documentary' made of the original Amityville Horror movie. They even showed it in public schools.
  • Artifacts of Doom: 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 clock, a mirror and most ridiculously, a lamp (See Amityville 4 for the last one).
  • Based on a Great Big Lie:...maybe. But the DeFeo murders really happened, and some of the spookier circumstances surrounding them (like neighbors not hearing any of the gunshots) are true.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: The third film in the series has the house getting destroyed, though this fails to stop the evil, with it just living on in the form of mundane objects like lamps and clocks salvaged from the rubble, which allows the evil to spread out all over the country and establish "new homes" when people obtain the junk.
  • Consummate Liar: 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 less reliable than people think).
  • Flies Equals Evil: A recurring theme throughout the books and movies, especially the first movie, Amityville 3-D, and the remake.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Upper windows in the house are portrayed this way.
  • Haunted House: One of the most famous (alleged) Real Life examples.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted and played straight numerous times.
  • Lovecraft Country: Although it's Set in Long Island, New York.
  • Negative Continuity: The films. Due to legal issuesnote , none of them are technically allowed to be "real" sequels to the first movie. The filmmakers seem to have run with this and decided not to let any of the sequels have anything to do with each other, either.
    • Amityville II: The Possession is based on the real-life DeFeo murders, which happened before the events depicted in the first film, but the family is renamed, the movie appears to take place in the 1980s, the layout of the house is different, and the murders happen quite differently than they did in the flashbacks shown in the original.
    • Amityville 3-D includes an explicit disclaimer in the credits stating that it's not a sequel to either of the previous films. The house is slightly different again, especially the basement, and it refers to the DeFeos by their real name instead of the one used in the previous movie.
    • Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes opens with a scene set in the infamous house, despite the fact that it blew up at the end of Amityville 3-D. Its layout is totally different than in any previous movie.
    • The Amityville Curse is set in a different haunted house entirely that just happens to also be in Amityville.
    • Amityville 1992: It's About Time refers to the iconic house being demolished, as opposed to blowing itself up.
    • Amityville: A New Generation decides that Amityville is now in upstate New Yorknote , and completely re-imagines the DeFeo murders as something vaguely similar but quite different to suit its own storynote .
    • Amityville Dollhouse does not even include a single utterance of the word "Amityville," just a dollhouse that looks like the house from the first three films (for no apparent reason).
    • The Amityville Haunting doesn't even show the exterior of the house, which is now in a middle-class neighborhood nowhere near any bodies of water.note 
    • Amityville: The Awakening goes the meta route and shows that the other Amityville films exist in its universe, and includes a scene of characters watching the original film and insulting the 2005 remake.
  • New House, New Problems: As noted in the description. Interestingly, the next owners after the Lutz reported absolutely no such problems with the house, nor have any subsequent owners.note  The only "supernatural" issues reported have been curiosity seekers taking pictures, knocking on the door, sitting out front waiting for something spooky to happen, or otherwise bothering the house's owners and their neighbors. Indeed, one of the recent owners repainted the house's exterior, removed the famous quarter-moon windows and changed the address (from 112 to 108 Ocean Avenue) to discourage tourists.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Premiseville
  • Room Full of Crazy: The hidden room under the house is different between films, but unpleasant and crazy anyhow.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: DeFeo's lawyer claimed it was a hoax, and few if any outside sources corroborate the Lutzes' version of events. Certainly a lot of the backstory attributed to the house (namely, that it was an Indian Burial Ground and claims of deaths among previous owners) is either exaggerated or without any apparent basis in fact. In any case, the films and books are very different from what the Lutz family claimed happened as well, and Jay Anson admitted that he embellished elements of their story for his book.

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