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Now Available on DVD!

by Eric Walter
June 21st, 2013

My Amityville Horror - IFC Midnight DVDDVD Special Features: ‘Living With Amityville’ Featurette, Filmmaker Commentary, Q&A and Theatrical Trailer

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For the first time in 35 years, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. His parents story of their 28 days in the allegedly possessed house on Ocean Avenue went on to inspire a best-selling novel and subsequent film series that have both captivated and frustrated the public since their release. MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is a gripping documentary that details the struggle behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and shows that while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are all too real.


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The Demonologist of Connecticut

by Marlon Wallace
June 10th, 2011

We were to visit Lorraine Warren and the Occult Museum built inside her Connecticut home. The only thing that I knew about Mrs. Warren was what the film’s director, Eric Walter, wrote in his documentary’s proposal. According to Eric and the proposal, Lorraine Warren is a “light trance medium and demonologist who investigated the Amityville house in 1976.”

It was Walter’s intention to have Danny Lutz, the subject of his film, revisit many of the key players in that Amityville investigation in order to give Lutz an opportunity to compare and contrast their experiences with his own. The previous morning had Lutz doing this with Laura DiDio, the Channel 5 news assistant who did an immense amount of investigation work on Amityville.

DiDio was actually going to be visiting the Warren residence as well, acting as moderator for Lutz and Warren’s discussion. As I waited in the hotel lobby, I was really waiting for DiDio. I was to be her companion during the hour or so car ride from our hotel in Queens to the Warren’s residence in Connecticut.

During the July 2010 filming, DiDio had talked about a “psychic slumber party,” a sort of séance held at the Amityville house, which included DiDio, Lorraine Warren and her late husband Ed, among others. What DiDio said of the Connecticut medium in July certainly didn’t prepare me for what I’d encounter when I actually met Warren.

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The Real Amityville Horror

by Eric Walter
May 27th, 2011

I did something interesting recently. I went back and reread The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, something that I haven’t done in a number of years. As a kid, I couldn’t put the book down, and as many people who are interested in this topic have, I went about doing my own research into the story. And now, many years later, I’m sitting in post-production on the very documentary that I, as a fellow Amityville enthusiast, have been waiting to see: testimony from someone other than George and Kathy Lutz about their experiences inside the house. But, not just that – an examination of the psychological effects this story has had on Daniel Lutz’s life.

It was interesting revisiting Jay Anson’s book. His retelling of the Lutzes’ haunting claims is, without a doubt, the most effective account ever put into print, despite the multitude of books and films on the subject. Sadly though, I have to wonder why George and Kathy would have allowed the book to be fictionalized to such a degree if they were so concerned, as the book states, “that too much was being overstated and exaggerated.”

From its very outset, the Lutzes’ story was tainted by the media and its apparent hunger to sensationalize their experiences. On the heels of another recently announced Amityville film, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, which curiously seems to mimic Laura DiDio’s role in the case, it seems no one is safe from the Amityville machine.

The real Amityville Horror isn’t just what has happened in the past, but how it has continued to manifest itself in the present. Did any of it really happen? I feel the real story here is one that has never been told. It’s that gray area. It’s a story about the dynamics within the Lutz family at the time. In the end, the ghost stories are just that – stories. No one can confirm or deny their veracity. But, there’s no question these events, hoax or not, had an enormous impact on each member of the Lutz family in different ways. That’s what I’m interested in and that’s exactly what I believe will set this documentary apart from competing material.


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Notes from the Producer’s Corner

by Andrea Adams
April 1st, 2011

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but so much has happened that it’s been hard to catch a breath and sit down to write.  Those of us in Los Angeles (myself, Eric, John) flew to New York in February for our second phase of production and I think it went awesome.  For those of you who have worked in indie films, you know it’s hard to stop running around taking care of your to-do list for enough time to check on what’s actually being filmed.  It’s like being a parent – before you are able to take a look around, your kids are grown up and your job is done.  However, I sneakily managed to worm myself into the woodwork a few times and I can say that I am genuinely excited by the footage I was able to watch.  Without giving anything away (because I want you guys to see the film when it comes out), there are subjects and revelations that are going to rock the Amityville community – this, coming from someone like me, who as I’ve mentioned, was an Amityville amateur prior to becoming involved.

Despite the stress of cramming everything we needed to do in a short time span, our fantastic crew was in good spirits.  It was definitely great to put faces to the names and email addresses that I’d been communicating with from Los Angeles.  It was also really inspiring to see everyone come together and really work to pull it off, even though there were days when I’m sure everyone had a latent desire to strangle someone…namely, the day we had to do an entire company move and reset from Queens to Brooklyn, which we only found out about the day before. Many times we were even able to find humor in the stress, although the exhaustion most of us were dealing with may have had a great deal to do with that humor.

And now, it’s off to the races with post production.  We’ve got a ton of footage to sift through so thank God for our director’s vision – he knows what he wants and while that won’t make editing a walk in the park, it will certainly make it easier.  We’re also fine-tuning our press and publicity plan as well as our targeted festival entries.  We have pinpointed the festival we’d like to premiere My Amityville Horror at chosen now.  Can you guess which one?

Our idea had been to keep a pretty tight lid on everything until we felt really ready to promote My Amityville Horror, but a couple of sites got the jump on us (as you know if you follow the Twitter or Facebook feed).  However, it’s nice to know that people are interested and excited enough about our project that they’re posting about it.


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Through the Lens

by Charlie Anderson
January 17th, 2011

I’ve never been one for documentaries. Sure, I’ve seen a few in my time, but I’ve never really been drawn to them. That notion escaped me the day that I was asked to meet Eric Walter.  I got a phone call from my friend Brandon Cater saying that his friend in LA was producing a documentary and that he was looking to shoot on the RED, and that I was the go-to guy for the job. I talked to Eric for a good bit last January about his project, not knowing what to expect.  He told me he was producing a documentary about the Amityville Horror.  That instantly got my attention.  Like I said, I’ve never shot a documentary before; I’ve been approached before but nothing really caught my interest the way Eric’s pitch did.  I was instantly hooked.  Eric asked me to put together some ideas and numbers and we’d talk later on once he got some things in place.

A few months went by and Eric kept in touch with me, just letting me know things were going smoothly, the usual talk that I’ve been fed by producers over the years.  What made this different for me was when I actually met Eric in March.  Now most indie producers (mainly for films) are all talk and no show, Eric was no talk and ALL show, which impressed me.  I met up with him after I had just finished shooting another movie in LA.  Originally, I had this notion that I was not going to end up shooting this.  Boy, was I wrong.  When I met Eric, he promptly gave me the break down on everything he had been planning, from showing me script breakdowns, to story boards, to audio interviews he’d previously conducted with Danny Lutz, to articles clipped and organized.  I was flabbergasted. I definitely didn’t think I was going to be walking away with this documentary, but again I was wrong.  Eric had seen my reel, he had seen movies that I’d previously shot (he did his homework), and was dead set on making me the Director of Photography.  What choice did I have but to dive into this? (more…)


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Notes from the Producer’s Corner

by Andrea Adams
January 6th, 2011

As an independent producer, I am always looking for new content to work on, preferably commercially viable and sound projects that will align me with interesting people. Obviously this is what everyone desires, so I find myself lucky enough to have a great network of friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry who look out for me in this regard. When an old college buddy informed me that his roommate was looking for someone to come on-board his documentary, a true story involving the Amityville Horror, I was intrigued right off the bat.

I sat down to meet with Eric Walter on a Saturday afternoon. I introduced myself and explained my background a little more. Professionally, I’ve worked all over the industry, from talent management to a major agency and in development for both television and film, as well as continuing to independently produce content from commercials, music videos and film work of varying lengths. In turn, Eric talked about his background and what he envisions for the My Amityville Horror project. I was immediately struck by his knowledge of the Amityville subject as a whole and his palpable excitement for what he is doing and his hopes for what the film will accomplish. He’s clearly an expert and it shows.

After talking for quite some time, Eric sat me down to watch a six minute sizzle reel that he had put together from footage he had previously shot of Danny Lutz. Danny is the eldest son of Kathy and George Lutz (who adopted Danny and his siblings after his marriage to Kathy). It is George and Kathy’s testimony that all of the previous Amityville books and films are based on. I was stunned by how much of an arresting character Danny presents on screen. Honestly, I hadn’t even realized that the six minutes were up – all I could think is that I want to know more about this dude from Long Island who suffered at the hands of a world famous haunting and just now is willing to talk about it. Having only seen the films, I had no idea that the whole issue of the Amityville haunting is as controversial to those it happened to as it is – I really hadn’t thought about how a haunting, that goes on to be famous, and brings those affected by it some iota of fame, would affect anyone, much less the children involved. So many questions came rushing into my head, questions that only Danny will be able to answer. How does he feel about his parents dragging him into this? What actually happened in Amityville? What does he think of the films? Do people know him as “the Amityville kid” and if so, does he like that or abhor being associated with it? All of these questions would only be answered by signing up to help produce the documentary, so after another meeting with Eric and My Amityville Horror‘s third producer, John Blythe, I did just that.

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The Hidden Witness

by Marlon Wallace
December 15th, 2010

What do you think of when you hear the name Amityville? Yes, it’s a village on Long Island, but what does it invoke in the mind of the average American?

Large or small, most towns are known for something, but often it doesn’t become a national phenomenon that forever defines the town in infamy.

Amityville joined the ranks of American towns like Pearl Harbor, Waco, and to an extent, Roswell, as being a place that the country associates with a strange or horrible event that happened there. The problem is that no one really knows what that event actually was. Was the Amityville house truly haunted? Or was it just a couple of crazy people inventing things?

Up until now, there have been only two witnesses to the Amityville events who have come forward. Both have now passed on. Thirty-five years after the fact, most people would think that there’s nothing more to be said on the subject, nothing new to be added. Those people would be wrong.

Because now, one of the hidden witnesses to the Amityville haunting has finally emerged out of the shadows.
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Living with Amityville

by Eric Walter
November 15th, 2010

I first came in contact with Daniel Lutz in 2009. I had recently moved to Los Angeles and was busy developing a series of short subject films for potential festival exhibition. Needless to say, I put a halt on these projects after receiving the call.

In January of 2007, I launched AmityvilleFiles.com, the web’s largest archive of Amityville-related research. I wanted to create an unbiased presentation of the known facts and personalities surrounding the case – somewhere people who are interested in these events could go and read through the original newspaper articles, view media and essentially draw their own conclusions on what they believe went down in that house.

I believe my presentation of these events have helped me establish some important contacts with people, not only affiliated with the case, but in other professional settings as well. It was through this website that I first made contact with friends of Daniel Lutz, who suggested that I needed to speak with him.

I will say right off the bat, making this film has been more of a discovery process for me than anything. It has challenged my beliefs, my theories on the case and overall, has dramatically enhanced my view of the Lutzes’ story.
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My Amityville Blog

by Marlon Wallace
October 31st, 2010

The A&E television network interviewed Eric Walter for a program that will air Halloween 2010. The program entitled Amityville: The Last Testament prominently features a prison interview with Ronald DeFeo, Jr., whose murders were the overture for the 1979 film The Amityville Horror. Walter has no direct connection to the case, except that the 25-year-old filmmaker has maintained AmityvilleFiles.com, the largest web-based archive of research about the murders and the subsequent hauntings.
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Press Release: My Amityville Horror

by Eric Walter
April 6th, 2010

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2010 – Film Regions International, Inc. and Lost Witness Pictures, LLC are proud to announce their documentary film debut, My Amityville Horror. The picture is intended for a 2012 film festival release.

The terrifying events recounted in the book and subsequent film, The Amityville Horror, were not the whole story. For 35 years, the complete picture was kept from the public and the one person who never chose to speak has finally been given a voice.
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