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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 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:
July 25th, 2012
FANGORIA, 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.
March 9th, 2012
It’s been six months since our last blog entry. While it pains me to write this fact, we have certainly not been idle. After extensive internal discussion, we ended up re-editing a lot of what had already been completed, cutting out story lines and angles that were ultimately felt to be unnecessary to the most important goal of My Amityville Horror: portraying Daniel Lutz’s point of view and relating in an interesting and cinematic way what truly was and remains his Amityville horror. In turn, the documentary is stronger, leaner and flows very well. This is fantastic to relate as many of the decisions that brought us to this point were strongly debated during production meetings.
This is where we are now. We are nearing completion in post on our newly recut documentary, awaiting final sound (design and mix done by Ronnie van der Veer) and score (composed for us by Herman Witkam). We are excited to have a soundtrack to the film that will accentuate the emotions elicited by our subjects and are eager to finally have a finished work that we can truly be proud of – especially because we are so looking forward to sharing the film with all of you.
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.