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‘My Amityville Horror’ Documentary Review


Written & Directed by Eric Walter

Starring: Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, and Neme Alperstein

For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz’s story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world-famous haunting and while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable. Documentary filmmaker, Eric Walter, has combined years of independent research into the Amityville case along with the perspectives of past investigative reporters and eyewitnesses, giving way to the most personal testimony of the subject to date.

Despite the Lutz family admitting to the entire Amityville scenario being a huge lie, or hoax if you will, here we are with quite possibly the least needed documentary ever. Daniel Lutz, a foul-mouthed cheesy metal hack guitarist, was the child at the center of the 1979 film, The Amityville Horror. Now in his forties, Daniel rambles on, often so ridiculously full of shit, that I laughed out loud. Content to spout on garishly about George Lutz’ collection of occult book collections and power of telekinesis, (his words, not mine), Daniel does nothing but embarrass himself while simultaneously collecting a check. If anything was made clear on these lingering “mysteries” , it’s that Daniel hated George. He often references George’s militant and abusive lifestyle, something I have a much easier time believing than Satanic telekinesis. It’s clear that the kid had a shitty life, but he just comes off as a caustic and bitter near-has-been that wants to cash in as long as possible.

Before your guile is spewing, bear in mind that I certainly believe in many things that can’t logically be explained – The Amityville Horror just isn’t one of them. Cool horror history film, terrible documentary. That’s at no fault of Eric Walter. While I feel badly for Lutz, I’m more annoyed by him. Get over it and get back to your second-rate cock rock guitar playing.

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3 Comments on ‘My Amityville Horror’ Documentary Review

  1. While I don’t believe everything Daniel has to say either, the Lutz family never admitted they made up any of the story… Otherwise, this would be the first thing this documentary would need to address.

    William Weber – lawyer for “Amityville Murderer” Ronald DeFeo – met the Lutzes after they left the house, and wanted to include their story in his DeFeo book. They refused his proposal, and he later came out saying they all made it up “over bottles of wine”… Of course, by the time he said that, he was suing them for millions after the Jay Anson book was a hit… But for many people it was the nice clean “hoax answer they were looking for.

  2. Lol, thanks 🙂

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