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Now, before I delve fully into this review, there is one tiny aspect that I couldn't let slide when I saw this in the theater and still can't let slide now after watching it on Blu-Ray: In the mid-1970's, NO ONE had abs as ripped as Ryan Reynolds in this flick. Maybe I'm off my rocker or pointlessly nip-picking, but I couldn't get past the major 6-or-8-pack that Reynolds was rockin' whenever he took off his shirt (and believe me, he goes sans shirt a lot). To me, this was just a sign of lackadaisical filmmaking and it took me out of the narrative.
Now, on with the review... the acting was basically top notch all around in terms of the family getting spooked. If kids are in a horror movie and aren't adept at conveying "scared", there could be a problem. Thankfully, the AMITYVILLE kids clearly look like they're shitting their pants when the ectoplasm hits the fan. And I couldn't believe that Hit-Girl from KICK-ASS played the daughter! The beautiful Melissa George is also excellent as the wife of a dude in serious need of an exorcism enema. And last, but not least, Reynolds actually goes all out as the increasingly spooky father. I always pictured him as Van Wilder, but the dude really showed some seriously evil chops here, which probably explains why he is one of the most sought-after actors today.
I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. It seemed to have the makings for one roller-coaster of a haunted house flick. Unfortunately, I just wasn't blown away by much. There weren't any huge scares, the action took a tad too long to get underway, and there was no grand finale of an ending. This is a horror flick that just sort of... exists and I suppose that is ok. I'm just looking for something more within a major studio remake. Yeah, Platinum Dunes basically sucks. I'm not trying to sound mean here, it's just by now, a proven fact that they mostly churn out inferior remakes.
However, I am adding a big half a star to this review for the flick's inclusion of Rachel Nichols as a sexy babysitter. Fair is fair.
Audio English 5.1 DTS-HD, French Dolby Digital with Spanish subtitles.
A commentary by Reynolds and producers Brad Fuller & Andrew Form. Reynolds, again, is great here speaking with that kind of high-end charisma that explains how he could bag Scarlett Johansson.
A chilling featurette called Supernatural Homicides that delves into the true story behind the DeFeo murders on which the movie is based.
Eight pointless deleted scenes that were justly cut.
A behind-the-scenes featurette called The Sources of Evil that does an OK job of explaining the details of the flick with some cast interviews.
A multi-angle on-set peek feature that lets you get a different view after some particular scenes in the flick.
And a photo gallery.