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7. The Amityville Horror

Release Year: 1979

Written By: Sandor Stern

Directed By: Stuart Rosenberg

Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton

What adds another layer of scary to a horror movie? Knowing that a horror movie’s plot has been derived from a supposedly true story. Jay Anson novelized the true account of the Lutz family in his 1977 novel The Amityville Horror, which became the 1979 box office smash hit.

When the Lutz family moves into their new home in Amityville, New York, occurrences not popularly deemed as displays of amity rock their lives. The previous owners of their new home had been murdered one year before, seemingly leaving behind haunted spirits.

The story of The Amityville Horror and the Lutz family remains one of the most fascinating true accounts of supernatural hauntings of all time. The 1979 film spawned a series of sequels, including the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds. Without a doubt, the original adaptation ranks among the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video.