The Watching Hour: My Amityville Horror
USA, 2012, 89 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Horror, Mystery, Religious
Programs: Documentary, The Watching Hour
Screens Friday & Saturday, March 22nd & 23rd at 10pm in The Watching Hour!
Digital presentation - In 1975 the Lutz family vacated their home of 28 days at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. Leaving behind all their belongings, the family claimed to be the victims of a terrifying haunting in their new home, which had just been the site of a grisly family murder. The Lutzes penned a book that was later turned into a classic horror film (which will screen alongside this one at SDFF) that shocked America and led to many explorations into the validity of their story, keeping the sensational tale not far from the front of the public’s consciousness.
In the documentary My Amityville Horror, a new voice emerges after years of silence. Oldest son Daniel Lutz, now in his 40s, seems to have been affected for life by the incident in Amityville. He offers his firsthand account of the haunting, reunites with the various mediums who took turns investigating the case, and even returns to Ocean Avenue for another peek at the house so badly burned into his childhood psyche. Daniel not only discusses the paranormal but dips into his caustic feelings for his now-deceased stepfather, George, and presents a picture of a family duress just as terrifying to a child as levitating beds and bloody walls.
Along with Daniel’s story, My Amityville Horror presents new interviews and archival footage with many involved in the original investigation, and explores with a fresh set of eyes a tale that left generations wary of home ownership.
DIRECTOR: Eric Walter
Producer: Eric Walter, Andrea Adams, John Blythe
Editor: Eric Walter
Cinematographer: Charlie Anderson
Principal Cast: Laura DiDio, Daniel Lutz, Lorraine Warren
US Distributor: IFC Films
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