2. The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Amityville Horror may not seem like an obvious choice for this list, but again, it plays heavy into the concept of family. Unknowing of its murderous and satanic past, George (played by James Brolin) and Kathy Lutz (played by Margot Kidder), along with their children, move into their new home in Amityville, New York. Things start to get hectic and they quickly learn that something supernatural is going on in their new home.
The Amityville Horror is based on a Jay Anson novel of the same name. The story was marketed as a real-life account of the Lutz family’s time in the home. However, there have been a lot of questions as to if the haunting is actually real or just a marketing stunt.
Jam-packed with demonic voices, flies and imaginary friends, The Amityville Horror is one of the most chilling haunted house movies I have ever seen. In a strange way, it is also the most heart-warming. We witness the deterioration of George Lutz and his family, followed by them regaining strength and surviving the horror of the Amityville House together.
If you prefer the Ryan Reynolds’ 2005 remake, that version is also available to stream on Hulu!