THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
Release Date: April 15, 2005
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George,
Chloe Grace Moretz, Jimmy
Bennett, Jesse James, Philip
Baker Hall, and Rachel Nichols
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: MGM, with Dimension Films
Director: Andrew Douglas
Executive Producer: Ted Field and David Crockett
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form and
Writer: Scott Kosar
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In this remake, Kathy Lutz’s three children from her previous marriage are haunted by the death of their father. Her new husband, George, gets along with her two younger kids, Chelsea and Michael, but 12-year-old Billy is still resentful about the new marriage.
A year after six family members are murdered in an old rustic house on Long Island, the Lutz’s move into the house. George begins to act strangely and violently as the ghost of the little girl murdered previously in the house starts appearing to little Chelsea. What Kathy and her children don’t realize is that both George and the little girl ghost are under the influence of a malevolent adult ghost in the house, who turns out to be an evil Christian reverend who once tortured American Indians and committed suicide in colonial times.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is filled with lots of extreme and scary violence and gore. For example, in one scene, viewers get the “privilege” of seeing one character splattered with blood from multiple angles.
Just as bad is the movie’s supernatural confusion, occult worldview and politically correct revisionist history. Although the evil Christian reverend haunting the house may or may not be possessed by Satanic forces, the movie does not make clear that the only way that can possibly happen is if the Reverend renounced his faith and became fascinated with the occult or with evil. Surely, however, although very few, if any Christians are perfect, the historical record shows that it was not a belief in Christianity that killed so many American Indians in the New World when the Europeans came. It was disease, human sinfulness and the immorality of the evil paganism and theological syncretism infecting many Indian tribes as well as many European settlers. Therefore, to make a Christian reverend from colonial times the source of the evil in this movie is historically offensive. It is prejudiced and abhorrent.
The movie’s strong occult worldview also shows a Catholic priest being scared and overcome by the occult force controlling the evil house. Furthermore, the Lutz family never really tries confronting the evil in the house with good or with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as the New Testament tells us to do. Eventually, they just run away from the evil, to escape it. This does not make for a very satisfying ending.
Now, about those atheists and their narrow-minded philosophies.
Supernatural truth claims, like “God exists” or “Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead,” can be tested by using the basic laws of logic that God has instilled in our minds, including the most simple minded and mentally handicapped among us, and by the historical testimony of real miracles and real historical encounters with God that are depicted in the Bible. Thus, we can know that God exists and that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead, because we can use the divine logic in our minds and spirits to read about and study the hundreds of historical, eyewitness testimonies in the Bible about people talking to God and about God and Jesus Christ performing miracles and acting in history. We can also use the divine logic in our minds and spirits to learn and study God’s revelation about Himself in the Bible and Jesus Christ’s revelation about Himself to the people of His day and to the writers of the New Testament in the Bible. The narrow-minded, nonsensical philosophies about logic, history, evidence, nature, theology, and Jesus Christ of the atheists are no match for God’s revelation about logic, history, evidence, nature, theology, and Jesus Christ in His Word.
Thus, we can know for sure what Julius Caesar taught and did by reading and studying ancient texts and we can know for sure what Jesus Christ taught and did by reading and studying the ancient texts of the New Testament documents. In fact, it’s probably true that we can be more certain about the truth of what Jesus taught and did than we can about what Julius Caesar taught and did. The evidence in your New Testament Bibles is that much stronger, as is the evidence of external sources that mention ancient historical facts about Jesus Christ and his followers.
In other words, atheist philosophers are just as confused about the supernatural as THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. It is up to us to help them overcome their confusion by lovingly, but firmly, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also by patiently overcoming their objections and answering their questions.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is filled with lots of extreme and scary violence and gore. For example, viewers get the “privilege” of seeing one character splattered with blood from multiple angles. Just as bad is the supernatural confusion in the movie’s occult worldview and the movie’s fictionalized revisionist history about a Christian leader being the source of sinful acts against American Indians. Such violence, spiritual confusion and revisionist, politically correct history is truly abhorrent.