Famously Haunted: Amityville (2021)

Did you guys know I liked Amityville movies?

Did you know Tubi did original shows?

What I didn’t know was that there were TikTok ghostchasers, but hey, I’m getting old so some of these things are getting past me. What I do know is that I’ve somehow tried to track down every filmed version of the story of 112 Ocean Avenue, even if most of them have nothing to do with the DeFeo or Lutz families or even the city of Amityville.

Ronnie DeFeo died in jail earlier this year, the Warrens are still on everyone’s minds and there are all manner of folks who still want to know what happened. This two-hour doc has everyone from the writer of The Amityville Horror Jay Anson, Geralyn Bazza, ghost hunter Stephanie Burke, true crime podcaster Patricia “Patches” Brown, Laura DiDio (who produced My Amityville Horror and an Amityville historian), TikTok star and embalming apprentice Beckie-Ann Galentine and Hanz Holzer’s daughter Alexandra.

Strangely enough, there’s no director listed for this. There are also plenty of recreations of events in the home, the Channel 5 paranormal investigations with the Warrens and Holzer (hey Marvin Scott, you get to be in another Amityville documentary!) and the events of the first two movies which of course were totally based on a true story.

If you follow this documentary’s logic, there’s definitely a demonic force in Amityville. Sadly, transcendental meditation gets blamed for this, claiming that it’s an occult practice instead of a meditative practice that helps so many individuals to better deal with stress. What is this, the Satanic Panic all over again? I can’t believe how insipid and irresponsible that line of thought was and am shocked that it remained in this show.

I could also do without the YouTube and social media videos that start each section of this story. They make this look instantly dated and make what should be a serious investigation into something cringeworthy.

Also, speaking of the Satanic Panic, someone blames The Exorcist for it and says that is where it began. Maybe it was so powerful that it took eight years to make that happen, huh?

I keep waiting for the camera to show me, sitting in my house wearing a Black Sabbath shirt and hear, “And there are thirty or more Amityville movies,” and then there’s a crew in my movie room and I scream, “And one of them has a fucking monkey* in it! And another with an evil lamp**! Oh! There’s one where the cop dad from The Monster Squad has really sweaty sex with Shawn Weatherly***!”

At least by the end, they start to tell you that a lot of Amityville is about marketing and lying. Perhaps they should have spoken a little bit about the sainted Warrens, who certainly would never be more about publicity than honesty.

You can watch this on Tubi.

*The Amityville Legacy

**Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes

***Amityville: It’s About Time

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