First of all, there was no need for a remake, but since everything in movies right now is about being lazy and not coming up with new ideas and just trying to find ways to make easy money fast, you get this film.
Since i was a little kid, i've read, watched and studied everything on the amityville house...and even though i don't believe that those things actually happened, i still enjoy a good scare once and a while and ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, this movie doesn't have any.
First of all, what's with the change of the look of the house, the famous "eyes" of the house that are really on the side, now got transfered to the front, i guess it's easier to film that way but man does the house look ugly and may i add FAKE LOOKING too.
This movie that was supposed to be based on a "true story" ADDED some made-up stuff that the original movie never had, nor the book, and even the Real Lutz family said these things never happened (they actually tried to sue the filmakers of this 2005 version over these false accusations, if that's what you wanna call them) like the father making coffins for every member of the family, or killing their dog, and many more.
But forget all that, let's just say this was an ordinary horror film, why wasn't it good? Well, it wasn't scary or creepy, dragged on too long to get to the point, the acting was ok, but they still should've gotten an unknown to play George Lutz, "Van Wilder" Ryan Reynolds was too hard for me to take seriously.
This movie was made for the MTV crowd that never heard of this story or movie, and chances are, if your 21 or younger..this relates to you.
So watch it, but remember, 60% of that stuff you see in the film are all made up fiction and never happened.
Wanna be really scared, read the book, it's awesome and for more information on what really happened in that house and more, go check out the official website www.amityvillehorror.com .