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The Amityville Horror Details


"For God's sake, GET OUT!" was the ad campaign for the 1979 shocker The Amityville Horror. The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who move lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners. Variations of the Seven Deadly Plagues emanate from virtually every household fixture, while other forms of otherworldly mischief are suffered by the Lutz children. Enter kindly Father Delaney (Rod Steiger), who does his utmost to exorcise the house. The Amityville Horror was frequently greeted with laughs from its first-run audiences, especially after it was discovered that the "actual" events depicted in the film (based on a book by Jay Anson) were complete fabrications. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 1979


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lalo Schifrin Best Original Score 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lalo Schifrin Best Original Score 1979 Nominee


James Brolin
as George Lutz
Margot Kidder
as Kathleen Lutz
Rod Steiger
as Father Delaney
Don Stroud
as Father Bolen
Murray Hamilton
as Father Ryan
Natasha Ryan
as Amy
Helen Shaver
as Carolyn
K.C. Martel
as Greg
Meeno Peluce
as Matt
Michael Sacks
as Jeff
Val Avery
as Sgt. Gionfriddo
Amy Wright
as Jackie
John Larch
as Father Nuncio
Marc Vahanian
as Jimmy
Elsa Raven
as Mrs. Townsend
Eddie Barth
as Agucci
Hank Garrett
as Bartender
James Tolkan
as Coroner
Carmine Foresta
as Cop at the House
Peter Maloney
as Newspaper Clerk
Richard Hughes
as 2nd New York State Trooper
Baxter Harris
as Cop #2 at the House
James Tolkan
as Coroner
Marc Vahanian
as Jimmy
Peter Maloney
as Newspaper Clerk
Carmine Foresta
as Cop at the House
Eddie Barth
as Agucci
Elsa Raven
as Mrs. Townsend
Hank Garrett
as Bartender


Stuart Rosenberg
Elliott Geisinger
Ronald Saland
Sandor Stern
Jay Anson
Book Author
Fred Koenekamp
Lalo Schifrin
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Brown
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Executive Producer
Cynthia Bales
Costume Designer
William Cruse
Special Effects
Jere Henshaw
Executive in Charge of Production
Stanley Frazen
Associate Editor