‘My Amityville Horror’ revisits one man’s claim of a possessed Long Island house

Posted at 11:15 PM, Mar 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-15 11:32:08-04

37 years after a family ran in terror from a house they say was infested with demons, a new film sheds light on what they experienced.

Daniel Lutz the eldest of three siblings who fled the house with their parents 28 days after moving in, opens up for the first time to tell how he believes his life  was destroyed by supernatural forces.


Lutz, who was 10 at the time, speaks openly in “My Amityville Horror,” which opens for a limited run Friday at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village.  He is intense. He is angry. His story is counterbalanced by accounts from journalists who covered the story back then.

I am one of those featured in the film by Eric Walter.  I was assigned to spend a night in the house in 1976.  I participated in seances with claivoyants and demonologists.

Despite all the drama and all the hype, I experienced nothing unusual and have believed throughout the years that the story was nothing more than a good ghost story that has become a cottage industry to believers of the occult.

There was the best-selling book, the movie in 1979 and no less than a dozen remakes, sequels and prequels, and another  film is yet in the works.

It seems everyone is fascinated by a good ghost story, and this is one that still endures.