It’s October, yay! Horror films are a must this month and so I decided to watch the Ryan Reynolds version because it was easily available on Netflix (laaaazy) but also because more people had seen this and I felt like I should have seen it as its become a sort of modern classic especially for my generation. Also, I’m always surprised to see famous people in horror films; I always get the impression that A-list stars think of Horror films as being the ‘rif raf’ of the business. However, a topless Ryan Reynold’s was definitely something that kept me from nodding off throughout this films more boring parts.
Essentially, I think everyone knows the story of the Amityville Horror..? If not, basically a family move into their dream house and then start being harassed by spirits and ghosts etcetcetc.
The film has quite a solid premise, and had some good potential moments for jumps and scares but somehow just falls flat. There’s not even a tense feeling or atmosphere to make up for it either. The scariest (?) moment was probably when the babysitter was locked in the closet. My heart definitely jumped a little, but again, nothing came of it. The moment was gone before the tension could properly build or before a jump or scare was slipped in.
Chloe Grace Moretz is super cute in this film, you can see her potential even then and she was probably the best actor in the whole film.
I’ve got to admit that I don’t really have any strong opinions on this. It’s just very bland and seemed to trudge along without many scares; I won’t watch it again and I wouldn’t recommend anyone watch it. If you haven’t seen it, you aren’t missing out!