Amityville Horror House Goes On Sale

| by David Bonner
The Amityville Horror houseThe Amityville Horror house

The house that was the scene of the famous 1974 "Amityville Horror" mass murder is for sale, according to an advertisement on Zillow.

For $850,000, you can have this 3,600 square-foot, five bedroom, colonial house in Amityville, New York.

This is the very same house where Ronald DeFeo reportedly killed his mother, father and four siblings — as popularized by Jay Anson’s 1977 book "The Amityville Horror," which was subsequently made into a Hollywood movie in 1979.

The horror portrayed in the book and the movie was not the murders themselves but rather the alleged haunting experienced by the Lutz family, who moved into the house after the slaughter took place.

In the movie, James Brolin (father of Josh) and Margot Kidder (of Superman fame) play George and Kathy Lutz, who endure a variety of paranormal torments before finally heeding the warning of the movie’s promotional poster: “For God’s sake, get out!”

Obviously made to cash in on the success of the 1973 blockbuster "The Exorcist," "The Amityville Horror" even includes a priest (portrayed by Oscar-winner Rod Steiger), who intervenes in an attempt to rid the home of its supposed evil spirits. And, as with "The Exorcist," the film went on to spawn a series of inferior sequels.

In Hollywood’s telling of the story, the ill-fated house in Amityville turns out to have been built atop a Native American burial ground, which is the suggested explanation for the hauntings that drove the Lutz family from their home. (The same plot device was used in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic "Poltergeist," in which the house portrayed in that film is revealed to have been built on a cemetery.)

Of course, the real estate ads for the Amityville house quite sensibly avoid any mention of the mass murder, alleged paranormal activities, or the subsequent dramatizations.

Sources: Daily Mail, Zillow, IMDB / Photo Credit: Seulatr/Wikimedia Commons

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