Posts Tagged ‘Laura DiDio’

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The Wall Street Journal

by Eric Walter
November 9th, 2012

WSJ2 The Wall Street JournalSTILL 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.”

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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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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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