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December 23rd, 2012
On November 13, 1974, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York became a place that locals feared when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family under very mysterious circumstances. In September 1977, it became a place the entire world feared when Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published (later adapted into the popular series of films), bringing the house international notoriety and instant entry into the occult history books. Not so much because of the DeFeo murders, but because it told the tale of what happened to the next family who lived there, one year after the massacre. The Lutz family.
In 1975, they were dwellers for all of 28 days before fleeing in mortal terror, the victims of widespread supernatural happenings that pushed them to the brink of madness and had them fearing for their lives. A media circus began that never fully ended. Straight up to their recent deaths, George and Kathy Lutz have never gone back on a single claim. Daniel Lutz was ten years old at the time that his family literally went to hell. Never before in the 35 years since living through the ordeals has he gone on record about his experiences. This is his story, in his words.
November 9th, 2012
STILL HAUNTED BY AMITYVILLE by Steve Dollar, November 9, 2012 - Now a new documentary, “My Amityville Horror,” makes it personal, introducing a man who is still living through that nightmare. The film, which will have its New York premiere Saturday at IFC Center as part of the third annual DOC NYC festival, features the first-person testimony of Daniel Lutz, the eldest of the Lutz siblings, who was 9 when the events occurred. A recluse who had a troubled, combative relationship with his stepfather and claims to have been homeless for a period after leaving his family in his early teens, Mr. Lutz has kept his secrets to himself until now.
“He’s been carrying around this weight for nearly 40 years,” said Eric Walter, the young filmmaker who devoted three years to making the documentary, amid a decade of obsessive amateur research into the case. “It’s not easy to talk about.”
October 20th, 2012
Director Eric Walter and subjects Laura DiDio and Marvin Scott will be in attendance for a special Q&A to follow! Click the banner to order tickets now!
October 20th, 2012
DOUBLE FEATURE: My Amityville Horror will screen at The Starz Denver Film Festival in Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 9th at 9:45 PM and Sunday, November 11, 4:30 PM! Immediately following the documentary, catch a special midnight showing of the classic horror film, The Amityville Horror (1979), being presented alongside our film!
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October 6th, 2012
SCREENING ANNOUNCEMENT: If you’re in the Toronto area this fall, be sure to check out My Amityville Horror at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival – October 18-26, 2012!
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September 5th, 2012
We are thrilled to announce the EUROPEAN PREMIERE of MY AMITYVILLE HORROR at the 56th Annual BFI London Film Festival – October 10-21, 2012! Click on the link below link for screening dates, times and information on this year’s incredible showcase of films!
August 17th, 2012
August 12th, 2012
IndieWIRE, August 10, 2012 - Why He’s On Our Radar: Eric Walter makes his directorial debut with the intensely creepy documentary “My Amityville Horror,” which recently world premiered at the just wrapped Fantasia Fest in Montreal.
The film presents a first-person account by Daniel Lutz, the eldest son of the family behind the allegedly true story of the “Amityville Horror.” For the first time, Daniel Lutz offers his take on his experiences living at 112 Ocean Avenue, the house his parents publicly claimed was haunted by paranormal activity when they lived there in 1975.
What’s Next: “I’m currently developing several original film projects apart from ‘Amityville,’” Walter told Indiewire, though he wouldn’t specify. “In many ways, I’ve also been haunted by the Amityville story for years now, so I’m actually looking forward to the opportunity to explore a variety of different subjects in the future and expanding my palette of work.”
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: