31 in 31: The Amityville Horror (1979)

Story: A big house for an absolute steal. Nice. But don’t those upper windows look like evil eyes staring down at you? And hey, there’s nothing to those murders that occurred in the house years ago, right? Riiiiight. GET OUT.

Scares: a ton. Even if you know the story by heart, the tag line “for God’s sake Get Out!” will still send a shiver down your spine. It should; this film may be over 30 years old, but it’s still chilling. And let’s not forget the final getting out scenes.

Splat Factor: Bloody “ooze” dripping from the walls. Remember?

Closing Scene “Shocker”?: Not a chance. The film has already done it’s job of bringing the fear, no need to tack on a silly final boogedy.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: THE original. Nine sequels, a Michael Bay Go Boom 2005 remake and a spoof (Bloodbath at the House of Death) have been done, but this is the real deal.

Trick or Treat?: Mmm, like a Fun-Size Milky Way, you can’t beat the classics. This film still has it: flies, a freaked out priest, blood dripping from the walls, and a James Brolin so smokin’ hot it’ll make you even more jealous of Babs than you already are.  And you know you’re jealous, admit it.

Even though this is the movie that put haunted houses on the map (sorry House on Haunted Hill), the original Amityville still delivers high quality horror.  And though I love me some Ryan Reynolds, the re-do just doesn’t come close. Pair the original Amityville Horror with a few other old school horror favorites like The Exorcist, Carrie and/or The Sentinel for a scary good time.

Score: out of 5 pumpkins.

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