I love these kind of stories that happened on the set during the filming of Amityville Horror the Remake! Do you think these strange things really happened or do you think they come up with these stories to create publicity
Spooky Happenings Haunt 'Amityville' Set
By Mike Szymanski
Friday , October 15, 2004
11:10 PM PT
SALEM, WISCONSIN (Zap2it.com) -- It sounds like a Hollywood Halloween story, but strange happenings have plagued the set of the re-make of the "Amityville Horror" being shot on the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
While the film began production, Kathy Lutz, the wife and mother who moved into the haunted house, died suddenly. Then, the land on the lake where the house set was going to be built for the film actually flooded and still remains underwater.
"We were going to build the house, but land it was going to be built on got washed away and sank into the lake, but someone knew of a house on the other side of the lake that had been abandoned for 40 years," says John Pisani, unit publicist for the MGM remake of the 1979 horror movie. "It was a perfect house."
In the lake, a dead body of a fisherman was found but police ruled out anything suspicious. Then, odd things began happening in the house during filming.
"Security people called the sheriff's department because they saw a shadow of someone walking through the house and they stayed there until the police got there, but they found nothing," says Pisani. "That was the first night of shooting at the house."
Surrounded by cornfields, and looming above a lake like the "Psycho" house, the 100-year-old Craftsman style building was abandoned for more than 40 years. The movie, based on a true story about a family who moves into a haunted house for 28 days, stars Melissa George and Ryan Reynolds and is directed by Andrew Douglas. Famous frightening things have plagued other horror films such as "Poltergeist," "Session 9" and "The Exorcist" films, but no one was actually harmed at the "Amityville" set.
"The five weeks at the house really creeps me out," George says to Zap2it.com during a set visit. "It was disturbing, the whole mood of it, there was a lot of rain, blood and strangling. It was very heavy for me, a heavy mood."
Although she says she remains skeptical about ghosts, she has lived as a child in Sydney on property that was built over a cemetery. She says, "There were always strange sounds and stories while we lived there."
George adds, "They say you should only do one horror film in your career, and this is it."