young man named Ronald De Feo (Brendan
Donaldson) kills his family in their new
house down in Long Island New York as
something told him to do so and the last
family members he kills is his sister
Jodie (Isabel Conner).
newlywed couple look for a new house
that's a little bigger than their old
house since the wife named Kathy (Melissa
George) has three children and her first
husband passed away. All the houses they
see is out of their price range but they
spot one that is big and affordable.
Their landylady sweet talks them into
buying it butr tells them about the
DeFeo's that once lived there but assures
them that it has been forgotten so they
oldest son named Billy (Jesse James) has
a hard time adjusting to his stepfather
George (Ryan Reynolds) but has a rougher
time later on as the days go by George
behaves more aggressive and also feels
chilly living in the house.
and Kathy have an evening out and hire a
lustful babysitter named Lisa (Rachel
Nichols) who tells the kids about what
happened in the house they're now living
in and about the little girl named Jodie
who fired her for her babysitting job as
she babysat the DeFeo's as well. The
daughter of the Lutz's named Chelsea
(Chloe Moretz) formed a friendship with
Jodie. Jodie locks Lisa in the closet and
scares her half to death and Lisa is
taken away in an ambulance.
is close to killing his whole family
after he discovers a secret room in the
house but not only that, Chelsea is doing
suicidal events which Jodie is making her
do since Jodie tells her that she has a
way of seeing Chelsea's dead father.
The story is
incredibly suspenseful and will make you
jump during many moments as well it being very shocking.
We have many fast shots on the character Ronald
DeFeo using a rifle and going on a
shooting spree. Along with a good shot on a child named Jodie in a corner of a
closet looking innocent and fearful and
then a good close up shot on Ronald looking teary telling him he loves her
very weakly and then pointing his
shotgun in which this definetely leaves a nice creepy impression to a beginning of a plot.
We spot a nice dialogue between George Lutz and Michael as
stepfather and stepson acting silly
towards one another.
My favourite scene in the film is when when a realtor shows both George and Kathy around the house
but is too scared to go in the rooms and
then tells them the tragedy that has
happened there showing good fearful
We spot a good moment with Billy Lutz not adjusting to his new
stepfather and having an attitude with his Mom while she's trying to act
sympathetic towards him.
There's a good shot on both Kathy and George having a sex scene
and then from a corner with a ghostly Jodie acting hauntingly as it looked very
There's a good moment with Michael getting
out of his bed and too scared to go to
the bathroom alone along with a camera
shot on the vent with sounds coming
through. Plus there's good shot on him
walking in the hallway to the bathroom in
which the setting looked dark and
haunting like. Plus good close up
shots on him trying to turn on the sink
water with a ghostly presence happening. It looked impressive when he tries to run back to his bed as this reminds me of when I was a child and being scared of the dark and with this happening having every reason to be.
There's an impressive situation with Billy having an attitude about not wanting a babysitter along with a good presence on the babysitter named Lisa approaching and introducing herself as their neighbor looking sexy and then he has a shocked look on his face which adds good humor to the story here.
We spot a great suspenseful moment with Chelsea walking on the top roof of the house and Kathy trying to go up there and safely trying
to get her off and a good suspenseful
struggle happens with all of the
directions surrounding it.Things look impressive and intense when Kathy loses her mind towards Chalsea demanding her about the tales of Jodie in which there's good crying and screaming attitude onto this as it fits well into the story.
We have a nice lustful reaction on Lisa lying on a bed in a room spotting some
Kiss posters and imitating Gene Simmons
with her tongue and discussing it which
looked kinky as well as her talking about
what happened at the house which was also
well written even if this looked far fetched from being based on a true story. We also spot a good moment
with Chelsea warning Lisa that Jodie is gonna get angry if she goes
in a closet that's supposedly possessed
and she gets attitudish about
it which adds well to the humor before the terror will unleash here for anyone who doesn't like to get scared right away.
There's good special effects when Lisa is locked in a closet and then the spirit Jodie appears grabbing her arm and pointing a finger to her head as this gives off a creepy feel to this big time.
There's a great creepy moments with George going in a nasty dysfunctional rage towards his stepkids causing them to cry which was nicely lit as well as them telling him the house is evil as this was perfectly put in too for a remake here.
There's a good moment with Father Callaway trying to bless a house
and a bunch of flies come out of a vent
and attacks him as the effects in this one look more intense than in the original.
We have a terrific evil aggression and
shots on George chopping wood
and manipulating Billy to put
another piece of wood on in which this looked psychologically well lit and wondering if he will lose it big time by acting murderous while we keep watching this moment happen.
There's many terrorising moments with George trying to come after everyone with a shot
gun and him trying to shoot the ceiling
with good shots on the family members climbing
up the roof in a rain storm along with what they have to do in order to protect themselves from this possessed fellow which looked pretty deadly. All of this looked more terrifying and suspenseful than what happens in the original too.
Bottom line: Take this one with
a grain of salt as it is nothing like the
book by Jay Anson.
The characters are completely different.
But it goes to show you that most non
fictional movies are not true in alot of
scenes which you have to read the book
first as the facts usually come from
there and when a movie is made after the
book as the producer's like the
exaggerate a film.
Yet this film is very scary and will make
you jump with noisy effects. But however,
the Lutz family were more pleased with
this remake as they said it was more
based on what really happened to them
than what happened in the original film
and insisted that they did this one so
what do I know?
It was cool to see a child loving the
group Kiss with posters hung and him
wearing their shirts bringing the picture
a total 70's feel to it.
The acting is very
good. Vancouver actor Ryan Reynolds (George Lutz) is
on his road to fame as he knew his part
inside out at first acting like a
charming newlywed and then behaving
aggressive, obnoxious and evil while
living in the house bringing great
intensity to his part. He is especially intense with his quarrelling behavior on a situation which looked prefectly dysfunctional along with showing a perfect intimidating manipulative attitude with his words while chopping up wood and having nice controlling actions on this too. He does a perfect job when he becomes slowly possessed showing his nasty emotions
and temper nmaking it truly scary and
Melissa George (Kathy Lutz) really brought her
motherly love to the screen quite well
too having a passive attitude along with
terrific crying and screaming emotions
when things really stir up which was a great driving force on her behalf here. Plus she does well having a sympathetic attitude in certain parts of the film. She also does a nice job whenever she acts brutal during a struggling scene in order to survive showing terrific forceful energy on her behalf.
Jesse James (Billy Lutz) was good as a kid with
attitude going through a phase and having
a hard time adjusting to his new
stepfather. He really drew his part as a
bratty pre-teen. He certainly does a great job with his sobbing emotions when the terror happens or forced to do something in which he studied his part incredibly well by perfoming like this too.
Also, Chloe Moretz (Chelsea) is convincing
too and can get more work as at first I
mistakened her for Dakota Fanning having a nice personality to her role and
knew how to act like a mischievious
little girl of the family. She also does a great job being in a trance acting expressionless while standing up on a roof showing great concenrtation here. Also she does a nice job in spots with her warning type of behavior as this looked very natural for a little girl like her.
Rachel Nicols (Lisa) truly brought her
skanky and lustful behavior to life along
with her stunning looks too making you
reminding of a lousy babysitter you never
wanted back and totally looked like a
70's groovy chick too. She also does well with her smart alecky behavior in other areas of the story. Plus she does well with her raging bad ass aggressions when she's locked in a closet as well bringing it to an intense pace by what she sees really freaking out which looked well done and knew on how to do this with a touch of dark humor here too. She brought on some good energy here. She made her supporting role very memorable.
Baker Hall (Father Callaway) really showed a great
serious attitude as a preacher with a good
deep voice too which really carried as he
There is suggested
sex and close to brief nudity.
There is alot of
blood when the DeFeo's are shot.
George sees a hallucination of himself
with his skin stripped off his back.
A zombie image of Jodie occurs in many
scenes with a bullet hole in her head.
A dog is butchered with an axe but the
scene is quick and dark.
A guy is hung with hooks to his chest and
other gruesome events in that same scene.
The music was
composed by Steve Jablonsky and
is terrific with it having the rusty
sounds and the low beating music with the
echoey piano and classical music with
some low trombone playing and the sad
violin music too. Clay Duncan composed
the additional music.
Defeo: What's wrong, Ronnie?
Ronald Defeo: I love you, Jodie.
[raises the shotgun and shoots her in
Lutz: Do I have to call you Dad,
George Lutz: You can call me
whatever you want.
Michael Lutz: Um... Stupid?
George Lutz: Sure.
Michael Lutz: Stinky?
George Lutz: Of course.
Michael Lutz: Crap-monkey-fart?
George Lutz: [laughing]
Okay, that's where I draw the line!
Lutz: [after tasting George's
scrambled eggs] This sucks!
George Lutz: You aren't kiddin'.
So, are we happy?
George Lutz: [pointing to Kathy]
She's happy. I'm broke.
Lutz: Houses don't kill people.
People kill people.
Lutz: We're *rich*!
George Lutz: Rich off of
somethin', but it ain't money.
Lutz: [Eating at dinner table,
George spits out his food, making a scene]
Is this discipline, or torture?
George Lutz: I thought it was
Callaway: Your house frightens me,
Lutz: Hi... I'm Billy.
[Lisa talks to Kathy and George]
Billy Lutz: Hi... I'm Billy.
Lisa: Yeah, I got ya the first
Lutz: [to Billy] I thought you
said you didn't need a babysitter.
It's kinda sick that you sleep in their
beds. Actually, it's fucking sick.
Defeo: Look what Ronnie did to me,
[moves her hair away from her head so
can see, she has a hole in her head made
by the gun]
Lutz: What were you thinking?
[after Chelsea walks across the roof
of the house]
Chelsea Lutz: I just wanted to see
Callaway: There was recently a family
in the area that had a similar problem.
Kathy Lutz: The DeFeos.
Father Callaway: Yes, you've heard
Kathy Lutz: I'm living in their
Callaway: You know the doll that your
daughter was holding?
Kathy Lutz: Yes, well...
Father Callaway: That doll
belonged to the little girl who used to
Kathy Lutz: Maybe it was left on
Father Callaway: No Kathy, you
don't understand what I'm saying, that
doll was buried with Jody Defeo when she
Callaway: Mrs. Lutz, get you and your
family out of that house. Right now!
Lutz: [to Kathy] How did you
get so fucking stupid?
Lutz: No-one dies today.
Jodie Defeo: Nooooooooo!