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My sister and I went and saw it tonight...I was really excited to see it cause the old one was really really scary..(but that was when I was like 10 :confused ). I thought it was probably the best scary movie that Ive seen this year. I saw Darkness, White Noise, and The Ring II...and this one was much better...I dunno..I just thought the story was more enjoyable and made alot more sense. It explained itself really well and there were a few parts that really made me jumpy and I heard alot of screams in the theatre.


The lead actor was that guy from Van Wilder and and that show Two Guys and a Girl. I thought he did a nice job in this and I was pretty freaked out by him.


did anyone else see it though??

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I thought it was pretty decent. I went to review it for my school paper. Reynolds did a good job, but he should really stick to comedy. I wasn't expecting it to be scary (thanks alot, USAToday review), but there were some jumpy scenes. Overall, it was better than I expected.

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For anyone wanting the "factual" backstory for the movie:


Kaplan had discovered that the ?Amityville Horror? was pure invention. In 1979, a lawyer named William Weber confessed to his part in the hoax during a paranormal radio show hosted by author Joel Martin. Weber had been the lawyer for convicted killer Ronald DeFeo and he admitted that he and George Lutz had concocted the story of the haunting over a few bottles of wine. Weber?s motive was to get a new trial for DeFeo, using a ?Devil made him do it? defense. According to Weber, Lutz merely wanted to get out from under a mortgage that he couldn?t afford. His business was in trouble and he needed a scheme to bail him out.


Kaplan found ample proof, outside of the glaring confession, that the story was a hoax. He gained access to the house on many occasions and found that the so-called ?Red Room?, where the book claimed occult ceremonies took place, was nothing more than a small pipe well that gave access to them if they needed to be repaired. No ?demonic face? had ever appeared on the bricks inside of the fireplace. He also noted that the original front door of the house (blown off its hinges in the book) was still in place and intact. In addition, he found a writer for the local newspaper that had also been suspicious of the story. After some searching, the columnist discovered that the Lutz?s had returned the day after ?fleeing? from the house to hold a garage sale. He also charged that during their ?28-day nightmare? that never once called the police for assistance, something that would have been commonly done under the circumstances. The list of things that did not happen in the house went on and on and to Kaplan (and to most everyone who listened to his rational arguments), the evidence for an ?Amityville Hoax? was overwhelming.


Jim and Barbara Cromarty, who later moved into the house, also maintained that it was not haunted. Because of the problems they had experienced with the curiosity-seekers, they sued the hardcover and paperback publishers of the ?Amityville Horror?, as well as Jay Anson and George and Kathy Lutz. They stated that the entire case had been a put-on from the beginning and it had ?blighted their lives?. The suit was later settled with the new occupants for an undisclosed amount.

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