Sigh. Gosh media, you are so silly. This is not even the real house for sale! CNN gets it sort of right except for the headlines. Regardless, people will be easily confused.
Just in time for Halloween, the owners of the home made famous in the spooky 1970s film “The Amityville Horror” are dramatically slashing the asking price on their Toms River, New Jersey, colonial, which was used for exteriors in the film.
It was also the perfect place for Hollywood producers, who used it as a double for the real Amityville house when shooting the 1979 movie. The film, based on Jay Anson’s 1977 best-seller, featured buzzing flies, ghostly eyes, blood pouring from the walls and a satanic voice warning a visiting priest to “Get out!” The film starred James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Rod Steiger.
Let me spell this out…
This is the house that was used for the Amityville Horror movie, not the actual house where the events allegedly occurred. This house for sale has nothing to do with haunting although it was alleged that weird things took place during filming (concocted for publicity). It is in Toms River, New Jersey.
The original Lutz house was in Amityville, Long Island, New York.
The “horror” that took place in the original house was attributed (in the book, by paranormalists) to an Native American burial ground underneath (denied by local Natives). These evil “spirits” possibly caused Ronald DeFeo, Jr. to kill his family in 1974 (he was not of right mind to begin with).
So, the house which is the subject of this story, in Toms River has ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION to the events that supposedly took place in Amityville unless you assume that the demons somehow came over to visit the set.
This is from wikipedia:
The first three films were filmed at a house in Toms River, New Jersey which had been converted to look like 112 Ocean Avenue after the authorities in Amityville denied permission for location filming. Although not all of the films in The Amityville Horror series are set at the former Lutz home on Ocean Avenue, the distinctive Dutch Colonial house is traditionally used as the main image in promotional material.
In May 2010, the house was placed on the market with an asking price of $1.15 million. In August 2010, the house was sold to a local resident for $950,000. On August 21, 2010, the departing owner held a moving sale at the house, and hundreds of people turned up for the event.
Gosh, this story is stupid. The Daily Mail version of this story is a complete mess, making pretty much no sense what so ever. But it has pretty pictures.
Also, I might mention that the Lutz’ Amityville story made famous in the Jay Anson book and subsequent movie franchise was almost certainly a complete fabrication.
Modern day Amityville Horror was alleged to have happened in another Toms River house. It was not nearly as dramatic. But, nothing was ever really as dramatic as the fictional drama, The Amityville Horror. Now you know. Go about your business…