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A Look Inside: Producer’s Q&A

by Michelle Paster
September 9th, 2011

Associate Producer, Michelle Paster, throws Q&A towards the Producers: John Blythe and Andrea Adams.

Michelle Paster: Why Amityville – why did you decide to get involved in the project?

John Blythe: I am an entrepreneurial film producer and am President of Film Regions International, Inc. I’ve always had appreciation of ‘haunted house’ stories such as House of Haunted HillThe House That Dripped BloodPoltergeist and 1979’s The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder. My Amityville Horror is a documentary; not a horror flick, but I believe the horror audience will appreciate it.

How I became involved with this project is unique. I had remembered this Unsolved Mysteries case I saw at an early age involving an alleged haunted house in Horicon, Wisconsin back in the late 1980’s. So in June, 2009, I was researching this story and came across an editorial by a filmmaker named Eric Walter, which he was discussing the similarities to that story with the infamous Amityville story.

When I emailed Eric, I indicated the Horicon story would make a great horror film, and it was something that I had thought about wanting to put on FRI’s future film slate. It was when I realized he was living in Santa Monica that we both met up and discussed that particular story. During the course of our discussion, he had indicated that he was in communication with an “unnamed person” who was somehow involved in the Amityville case. Eric would be flying to New York to meet this person.

About a month had passed and we met up again and he stated this “person” was Daniel Lutz, one of the children who lived in the actual Amityville house on Long Island. This house haunting inspired the best selling novel and the entire film franchise. Seeing that this was an untold story about an already world renowned case, sparked my interest. I offered for Eric to join my company in order to raise enough financing to get the project off the ground.

Andrea Adams: I was working a day job in development that I felt underappreciated in and so therefore, it was becoming thankless. One weekend, a college friend, Nate Hoeft, asked if I might be interested in meeting with his friend, who was looking for a producer for a documentary he was doing. Having produced many independent projects in my spare time, I was intrigued but somewhat turned off by the documentary aspect, figuring it was a dry topic. However, when I met Eric and John, they pitched me their vision and showed me a seven minute sizzle reel of Daniel Lutz. I was captivated by the subject, the inherent interest in Amityville, as well as Eric’s intensity and knowledge about the subject.



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.