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March 05, 2005


The Amityville Horror: the remake. Many, possibly most, remakes strike me as a pointless waste of time and effort. I still do not understand what possessed the otherwise brilliant Gus Van Sant with the notion Psycho could be remade. But even the trailer for this one scares the heck out of me. Love it.

In the true story (at least, some believe it to be true) that inspired "The Amityville Horror," George Lutz woke up demonized every night at 3:15 a.m., the exact time a boy living in his house a year earlier killed his family.

After the first night of shooting the 2005 version, inspired by the same 1977 book that spawned 1979's first "Amityville" movie, actress Melissa George ("Alias") woke up in the middle of the night and glanced at her clock. It was 3:15.

I am not all that interested in the "true story" behind the remake, the original film or Jay Anson's book though it does make me wonder what it must be like to live in, oh, for example, Amityville ("Is that Amityville or North Amityville?"). There are many lovely old homes in Amityville... these folks have a serious branding problem.

There are many lovely old homes in Amityville; some are situated on the Great South Bay while others are found on one of our many tree-lined streets (You can take a Virtual tour of one of streets, by clicking in the box just to the right of this). We pride ourselves in being a "Tree City, USA".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 5, 2005 05:23 AM

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The book scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. The movie also scared the hell out of me - same level as The Exorcist.

And I have many, many times woken up at 3:15. I'm beginning to think there's just something about that time...

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2005 10:37 PM

That time, or thereabouts, is sometimes referred to as the "midnight of the soul", an expression that creeps me out.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2005 01:38 AM