The Amityville Horror was one of the scariest movies I've ever seen -- all the more scary because it was true. Or was it? Over the years, there's been a debate and the family that was driven from the famous devil-eyed house by the demons inside has come under suspicion for making the entire thing up and cashing in on it (not a bad idea, really). But it seems that, finally, some answers have come out about what may have really happened in the house. Daniel Lutz, who was 10 years old when he lived in the spook house with his mother, siblings, and stepfather, has finally spoken out about his ordeal there. And it just might make you a believer (if you weren't already)!
Daniel, now a 47-year-old man who works as a stonemason, has kept silent all of these years. But when a documentarian tracked him down, he decided to spill. The documentary, My Amityville Horror, came out in November, and is now on OnDemand.
"I just wanted somebody to believe me. It has been in my dreams my whole life," says Daniel, who confirms that many of the incidents portrayed in the book and the movie actually happened! I mean, he was 10 when they (supposedly) happened, but could you forget your neighbor's cat turning into a pig? Probably not.
Daniel has a theory to why the house had so many, um, issues, and it's not all related to the fact that a young man had shot his parents and four younger siblings to death 13 months before the Lutzes moved in. (Talk about a real estate nightmare!)
He believes that his stepfather, George Lutz, was responsible for "opening a portal to hell" within the house because he dabbled in Satanism. He says:
George’s beliefs and practices triggered what was going on in the house. It was like a magic trick gone bad that you couldn’t shut off.
Grown Daniel reports having seen "like a hundred flies" in one room in the house, and when he got his mom to come look, they were all gone. "That’s when my confusion started," he said. Understatement!
He also says he remembers his dog "almost throttling himself" to get loose as a garage door took on a life of its own, and looking up in his sister's window to see "cartoon character of an angry pig with wolf-like teeth and laser beam red eyes." Yikes!
But could Daniel's memory be influenced by all he has seen and read over the years about the very house he lived in? The power of suggestion? Or did it all really happen? I don't know, but I wouldn't want to live there, despite the fact that another family has lived in the house for years, with no problems!
Do you believe in haunted houses?
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