Amityville Horror (1979): Stuart Rosenberg’s Haunted-House Tale, Starring James Brolin and Margot KIdder

Amityville Horror, a low budget B-film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, contains most of the conventions and clichés of the haunted house horror genre

A young couple, played by James Brolin and Margot Kidder, move their family into a mansion in Long Island, only to discover that it’s dominated by ghosts of the past.

Rod Steiger gives a hammy performance as the priest who tries to help the couple get rid of the ghoulies.

Though the story has factual foundations, the movie is boring and predictable, a quickie made in the wake of the success of The Exorcist, which launched a whole cycle of cheap horror flicks.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Score: Lalo Schifrin

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Original Score Oscar was Georges Delerue for “A Little Romance.”

Released by American International