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"My Amityville Horror"

This is a documentary that you can see on Netflix streaming. It is about Daniel Lutz, now 49, the eldest son in the Amityville case. I'm fascinated by Amityville, which I maintain was an elaborate hoax. Daniel says it was true, but tells little of the story. What does come through is that he hated his stepfather George, who I gathered from reading the book back in the caveman days, was an abusive ex-Marine with no parenting skills. How much of Dan's memories are influenced by details from the movie, and how much are based in his fear and loathing of George are very much the question.

As an added bonus, we get to see him meeting again with Lorraine Warren, who "investigated" the house with her husband Ed, who is now deceased. Lorraine's crazy Traditionalist Catholicism is nicely on display, and one is also left wondering how much was the influence of the Warrens.

The Warrens are also the subject of the movie "The Conjuring" which is "based on true events." I could go on about the Warrens and the harm I feel they have done for hours, so if anyone reading has an opinion, let's talk.



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Jul. 16th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
Queued. I need to see the original movie sometime. Damn. Conjuring and the original Amityville Horror are only DVD. To the library! (Not tonight.)

I love 70's/80's horror. (See that Netflix also has the Dunwitch HOrror movie. So wonderfully cheesy.)
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Read the book "The Amityville Horror" rather than watching the movie. It's so over the top that you can tell it can't possibly be true.

I am watching my way through a whole bunch of H.P. Lovecraft-based films. I need to watch "In The Mouth of Madness" again.
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
Noted. I don't think I've ever seen the movie, to be honest...
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Jul. 22nd, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Okay, Insidious 2 is going to get watched.

Dan Lutz is a terrible mess indeed. I do wonder about the other two children, but can completely understand why they want nothing to do with the whole sordid business.
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