The Amityville Haunting (2011)

Great tagline: The family did not survive. But the recordings did.

Good premise: The movie is based on actual found footage that documents the horrifying experiences of a family that moved into the infamous haunted house.

Bad news: It’s made by The Asylum.

Found footage, meet Amityville. Amityville, meet found footage.

You two place nice.

The Benson family decides to move into 112 Ocean Avenue, no matter what the rest of the known world knows. As soon as they decide to close on the house, their realtor drops dead in the driveway. The next week, a mover falls down the steps and dies. But hey — once you’re all moved in, who cares about little things like that?

Even when their daughter Melanie begins to speak to John Matthew DeFeo, no one thinks, “Maybe we should just rent a townhouse instead.”

Lead actor Jason Odell Williams graduated from the Actor’s Studio in New York and has written and produced several of his own plays. And yet, here he is, stuck in a found footage Amityville movie, a prospect that seems more dire than bugs attacking priests and blood dripping down the wall.

In the original Amityville film, an entire room would mysteriously appear. In The Amityville Haunting, it’s a mysterious landline telephone. There’s some message in that, I figure.

You can stream this on Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.

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