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The Amityville Horror: The True Story documentary

Postby hansol77 » Tue May 06, 2008 3:26 pm

The amityville horror the true story

many believe 112 ocean avenue is home to the most terrifying hauntings in american history.
George and kathy lutz and their three children moved into the house but after 28 days , they fled, claiming they had been terrorised by paranormal phenomena.

Their story the amityville horror became a instant bestseller. with a book released in 1977 and a filmtwo years later, the lutzs earnt hundreds of thousands of dollars. but critics were soon lining up to say they fabricated the story in order to make money.

Were the Lutzs lying? five's documentary re-interviews witnesses and experts to find out what really happened in the famous house. the family say they were the victims of horrifying paranormal presences that din't want them in the house.

The documentary's director Virginia quinn says

if you look at the facts, you can see how the story was blown out of proportionpartially by their doing and by the media frenzy , which they couldn't predict or control the truth got lost yet I think something did scare the family.

George and kathy passed away says Virginia but one of the sons told me that although the book and movie were exaggerated what he experienced in Amityville still scares him today


Amityville horror The true story wednesday may 14 2100 on uk channel five
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Postby sherbetbizarre » Tue May 06, 2008 5:08 pm

Thanks, Hansol!

Here's more:

Just back from New York where I have been shooting a docudrama for Dan Chambers' new indie Blink about the background to the Amityville Horror story. Directed by Virginia Quinn, it was a great shoot with fascinating background material and a dream drama location on Staten Island in a beautiful old Dutch Colonial house that hadn't been touched since the 70's. Hoping not to become a statistic in the 'Amityville Curse'!


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Postby MerchBoi » Wed May 07, 2008 2:20 am

Please someone make this available to us in the US! Pity the house looks so drastically different.
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Postby Victoria Principles » Wed May 07, 2008 5:20 am

When I first saw the title, I thought they met NY channel 5 and I had my hopes up to see it.

Maybe someone can Youtube this documentary.
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Postby zzvampy » Wed May 07, 2008 3:11 pm

in a beautiful old Dutch Colonial house that hadn't been touched since the 70's.


Wow, very cool.

I wonder why the house hadn't been touched since the 70's?

Talk about some great potential!
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Postby Dan the Damned » Wed May 07, 2008 3:35 pm

But is that the house they're talking about (the one pictured in Sherb's post above)??? :?
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Postby Chichibcc » Wed May 07, 2008 4:26 pm

It looks interesting...I like the house, too. Hopefully it'll be put on Youtube, like someone stated earlier.
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Postby sherbetbizarre » Wed May 14, 2008 4:25 am

Bump - as its on tonight!
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Postby Eric Walter » Wed May 14, 2008 5:21 am

Oh, my. :roll:
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Postby Bevluvsrats » Wed May 14, 2008 3:11 pm

I just recorded it, I wonder if I'd be able to rip it from a DVD if I were to burn it, then I could upload it piece by piece for people? Not too sure I'd be able to as I'm still on Dial up, but I can give it a try if anyone's interested.

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Postby sherbetbizarre » Wed May 14, 2008 5:53 pm

Overall I thought the show was good and well-balanced - I liked the reconstructions which used briefly, obscure/out of focus, so they gave you enough visual information without being distracting.

There were a few errors. George never found the red room (it was Kathy), Slime was never "on the walls" and this line is flat out wrong! "In May 1976, The Lutz family moved to Los Angeles, it was here they were introduced to Hollywood author, Jay Anson."

Thankfully they let the participants do most of the talking, although it was mostly the usual faces.

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Postby sherbetbizarre » Wed May 14, 2008 6:14 pm

First up was Patrick O'Reilly - "lived next door to the Defeo family, he became close friends with the DeFeo children, and often stayed over at their house... just 14 at the time of the tragedy, this is the first time he's spoken publicly" although its more likely he lived a bit further away than "next door"

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Postby msmart112 » Wed May 14, 2008 6:25 pm

Cheers!

So what did Patrick O'Reilly have to say about the family?
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Postby Dan the Damned » Wed May 14, 2008 6:44 pm

So I guess they never did get a hold of Chris, Missy or Dan (or I guess they declined)...

sherbetbizarre wrote:...this line is flat out wrong! "In May 1976, The Lutz family moved to Los Angeles, it was here they were introduced to Hollywood author, Jay Anson."


Wow. Did they get that info from Weber???

For those of you new here:

a) the Lutzes moved to San Diego (I don't think any of them ever lived in LA)

b) Jay Anson was not a Hollywood author, he lived on the East Coast and wrote mini-documentaries about Hollywood films. TAH was his first book.
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Postby sherbetbizarre » Wed May 14, 2008 7:00 pm

According to Hansol's original post, the director spoke to Christopher... but I guess he declined to appear.
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Postby sherbetbizarre » Wed May 14, 2008 7:13 pm

msmart112 wrote:Cheers!

So what did Patrick O'Reilly have to say about the family?


"I read a lot in the papers how the DeFeo's were not only loud but they were brutal, that Mr Defeo slapped Mrs Defeo, slapped the kids. Why I think this was written, I don't know, but it just wasn't true. Mr DeFeo was a strict man, but also a very religious man. He wanted the best for his kids. I never saw him raise his hand."
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Postby Dan the Damned » Wed May 14, 2008 7:22 pm

No, no no... Obviously that can't be right - that totally goes against what Ronnie has said! :wink:
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Postby TigresMeow » Wed May 14, 2008 8:05 pm

I sure would like to see this. . . . . :wink:

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Postby SwingMan » Wed May 14, 2008 8:20 pm

TigresMeow wrote:I sure would like to see this. . . . . :wink:

(HINT HINT!!) :P


That makes two of us, TM.

Can't wait and it'd be much appreciated if this was YouTubed ASAP..... ;)
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Postby dnddad324 » Wed May 14, 2008 8:58 pm

SwingMan wrote:
TigresMeow wrote:I sure would like to see this. . . . . :wink:

(HINT HINT!!) :P


That makes two of us, TM.

Can't wait and it'd be much appreciated if this was YouTubed ASAP..... ;)


That makes THREE of us. :)
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Postby msmart112 » Wed May 14, 2008 9:51 pm

"I read a lot in the papers how the DeFeo's were not only loud but they were brutal, that Mr Defeo slapped Mrs Defeo, slapped the kids. Why I think this was written, I don't know, but it just wasn't true. Mr DeFeo was a strict man, but also a very religious man. He wanted the best for his kids. I never saw him raise his hand."




Mr. O'Reilly's comments about the DeFeo family certainly seem to be consistent with what other people (who actually knew the family) had to say...



November, 14, 1974 – New York Times

"We’re pretty upset," said the girl, who declined to give her name. The girl was driven to work at her family restaurant in Brooklyn every day by the late Ronald DeFeo Sr.

Neighbors recalled how the DeFeos had befriended Catherine O’Reilly, a widow, after her husband died. That was consistent with the memory of the DeFeo family, which prayed together, traveled together and threw snowballs together. One neighbor classified the DeFeos as "a nice, normal family."

"They would hold a prayer huddle on Sunday mornings," recalled Gloria Gangitano of South Farmingdale, who met the DeFeos at a grammar school football game in which their sons played. Mrs. Gangitano remembered Louise DeFeo running low on her home-made pastries and telling her children to "let the guests take the rest."



November 15, 1974 – Newsday

The mother and father were described by neighbors as devoted parents willing to do anything for their children.

The father was described as a “very quiet” man who loved his home and children.



November 19, 1974 – Newsday

Most of the mourners were unwilling to talk. Those who did comment almost invariably said in soft voices, “It’s unbelievable,” or “How could it happen?” or “They were such good people, so nice.”



March 19, 1986 - Newsday

De Feo has had his day in court. This challenging child who grew into a merciless killer came from a loving family who tried to love him. They weren't perfect, they fought a lot and probably gave their children too much too soon. But they also had an abiding religious faith, friends and family who shared their dreams and aspirations. Like the sign hung in their yard, they had "High Hopes."

I was not as close to the family as my daughter was. But I do know that the picture of them drawn by the poor soul who destroyed them is false.




And here's a great video clip of a neighbor describing the DeFeo family...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9C2IMTHEWQ
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