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Fantasia Press Reviews

by Eric Walter
July 31st, 2012

“It can be unequivocally stated that MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is the most true-to-life film to deal with the phenomenon, and pretty much as unequivocally stated that it’s the best of them too.” - Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“It examines the frailty of human perception in such a brilliant way that you will be thinking about Daniel Lutz’s story long after the creepy end credits have rolled.” - Serena Whitney, Dread Central

“What is most impressive about this documentary is how inclusive it is….director Eric Walter does an incredible job of showing both sides of the story, without turning Daniel Lutz into a crazed lunatic.” Bloody Disgusting

“The film becomes absolutely fascinating, with it taking a pragmatic, skeptical approach most documentarians working in this genre might have been scared off by.” - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com

“An extraordinary work of investigative vision and grounded restraint, documentarian Walter casts an unflinching yet empathetic gaze upon the most sensational American haunting of the 20th century, but through a lens of humanity that elevates it above its ghost-chasing brethren.” - Aaron Christensen, HorrorHound 

Below are a collection of photos from our World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival:


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Fangoria Reviews My Amityville Horror

by Eric Walter
July 25th, 2012

myamityvillehorrorrevthumb Fangoria Reviews My Amityville HorrorFANGORIA, Jul 23, 2012  -  There have been many—probably way too many—movies made about terrible events within and surrounding the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, most purporting to be based to some degree or another on fact. It can be unequivocally stated that MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is the most true-to-life film to deal with the phenomenon, and pretty much as unequivocally stated that it’s the best of them too.

World-premiering at Montreal’s Fantasia festival (where it has its second screening this Friday, July 27), MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is a documentary re-examining the case from the point of view of Daniel Lutz, who was a preteen when he, his parents George and Kathleen and two siblings moved into that house, then fled a month later, claiming to have been beleaguered by supernatural forces. Looking older than his 45 years, Daniel is seen speaking directly to director Eric Walter’s camera, in a session with a psychologist and, for the most screen time, recounting his experiences with Laura Didio, the journalist who spearheaded an investigation into the truth behind George’s claims of the haunting. The fact that Didio is his primary confessee says something about how the Lutzes’ quickly came to be defined by their media coverage.

Read the full review at Fangoria.com


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IndieWIRE unveils the official poster

by Eric Walter
July 20th, 2012

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From INDIEWIRE: The faux documentary craze has gripped modern horror. Popularized by The Blair Witch Project and, more recently, the series of successful Paranormal Activity films, the “found footage” aesthetic adds some level of authenticity to horror films, allowing modern audiences to better identify with things that go bump in the night. “My Amityville Horror,” premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival, is the real deal: an actual documentary chronicling an infamous case that’s been immortalized by pop culture.

Directed by Eric Walter, My Amityville Horror is the first hand account of Daniel Lutz, who as a child moved into the infamous Long Island home with his family. The house had been the scene of a series of grisly murders a little more than a year before. That night, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo killed six members of his family as they slept, later claiming that demonic voices had compelled him to carry out the slayings. The Lutz family moved into the house and didn’t think much of its hairy past, but ended up fleeing the house (and losing a considerable amount of money) after only 28 days.

The tragedy, and the supposed haunting that caused the Lutz family to take flight, became the basis of a best-selling non-fiction book by Jay Anson (with full participation of the Lutz family) and a series of popular feature films. The last of which, released in 2005, is a remake of the original 1977 film and features explicit dramatizations of both the murders and haunting. (Starring a surprisingly intense Ryan Reynolds and written by splatter-punk aficionado Scott Kosar, it’s not a bad little fright flick, especially when comparing it to the hopelessly cheesy original.)

What makes My Amityville Horror so unique is this first person perspective by someone who was in the house – who witnessed the things his parents claimed, time and time again, really happened, and what it was like to live outside of the house in the firestorm of media publicity and pop culture notoriety. In short: it sounds like a hell of a tale, a real life American horror story as psychological as it is phantasmagorical. We can’t wait to see it. At the very least it will probably be less “documentary”-looking than most major studio horror films released these days.

My Amityville Horror has its first screening on Sunday, July 22 at 10:10 PM at J.A. De Seve Theater.