Just in time for Halloween, Tubi Original Famously Haunted: Amityville made its debut on the streaming platform, and the two-hour documentary is a fascinating dive into one of the most well-known murders and hauntings in the United States.
Famously Haunted: Amityville was released only seven months after the death of Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, who was convicted of killing his parents and his four siblings on November 19, 1974. You don’t even have to be a true-crime devotee to be familiar with the story of that distinctive-looking house in Long Island. Thanks to the popularity of The Amityville Horror book and films, the grim story has been at the forefront of supernatural lore for many years.
Following the horrific murders, George and Lutz purchased the house, where they lived for a scant 28 days before abruptly leaving. The story they told was terrifying, and nearly every element of a horror story was present: flies, red eyes glowing in the dark, green slime, black sludge, levitating…given all of these things, it’s amazing they even made it 28 days.
We first hear the story of the DeFeo murders, followed by the Lutz family’s experiences. Although popular opinion has it that the Lutz family either greatly exaggerated their experiences in the house, or even fabricated the whole story, Famously Haunted: Amityville first approaches this part of the documentary as a true story.
We are told about Ed and Lorraine Warren’s investigation, and there is even footage of part of it (including the famous photo of the phantom boy), and the contributors give their opinions as to whether the Lutz’s experiences were genuine or carefully calculated.
Famously Haunted goes into Butch DeFeo’s later assertion that he was only responsible for one of the murders, but I am not going to go into that here, on the chance that not everyone knows about it. It would be a spoiler if that were the case, and it’s a story too good to spoil.
There have been several documentaries made about the Amityville murders and haunting, so we see some of the familiar faces we have seen before. Most notably, Laura DiDio is present, which makes perfect sense, given that she was the journalist who covered the story when it first happened.
But, Famously Haunted: Amityville adds a few new faces to their doc, including Alexandra Holzer, whose father is famed paranormal expert Hans Holzer, an exorcist, various paranormal podcasters and TikTok star Beckie-Ann Galentine, who tours cemeteries and talks about death and her job as a mortician. We even see social media videos of people in front of the Amityville house.
Fun fact: At some point, the owners of the house had the distinctive wedge-shaped windows removed and replaced with square-shaped ones, hoping the change would ward off sightseers. It didn’t seem to work so well.
Famously Haunted: Amityville is a well-done, well thought out doc, centered on an undoubtedly fascinating mashup of true crime and the supernatural.
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