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The Amityville Horror (2005)

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Intensely violent and scary -- and a poor remake.

Movie R 2005 100 minutes
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Though Ryan Reynolds turns in a convincingly ominous performance, edged with dark humor, this remake is erratic and intensely violent, especially against children. The updated scary effects -- stormy nights, stalker cameras, and jump scares -- create a chilling atmosphere that surpasses the original film's notorious cheesiness.

But nonsensical plot holes overwhelm any scene-by-scene effectiveness in The Amityville Horror, as the characters make frequent bad decisions (leaving the children alone in the house, or with a babysitter they don't know), and fall victim to shoddy transitions between scenes. It's also unrealistic (and annoying) that Kathy puts up with George's growing viciousness at home, considering he's as nice as can be when he's away from the house.

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