In 1975, George and Kathy Lutz along with their children moved into a house on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. 28 days later, they fled in terror. Their story became the basis for the book, “The Amityville Horror” which was published in 1977. The book was adapted into a movie starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder in 1979. Both the book and the movie claimed that the house was haunted by demonic spirits and that the Lutz family had to face these horrifying entities in order to escape alive. But is this really what happened? Let’s take a closer look at the true story of the Amityville Horror.
It is true that the Lutzes did move into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York in 1975 and that they did experience some strange occurrences while living there. However, there is no evidence to support the claim that these events were caused by demonic activity. In fact, it is more likely that they were due to natural causes or simple pranks.
For example, one of the most famous claims made in both the book and the movie is that flies appeared in swarms throughout the house even though all of the windows and doors were sealed shut. This phenomenon can actually be explained by a common household pest known as cluster flies. These flies enter homes through small cracks and crevices in late fall and spend the winter hibernating. Come springtime, they will often emerge en masse causing homeowners to think their home is infested with flies when, in reality, there are only a few cluster flies present.
Another creepy claim made in “The Amityville Horror” is that George Lutz began sleepwalking and having nightmares after moving into the house. Sleepwalking is actually a fairly common sleep disorder that can be brought on by stress or anxiety. It’s possible that George’s sleepwalking was just a coincidence and not caused by any supernatural activity.
While “The Amityville Horror” is a work of fiction, it is based on some real events that took place at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. However, there is no evidence to support the claim that these events were caused by demonic activity. It is more likely that they were due to natural causes or simple pranks. So next time you watch the movie or read the book, remember that it’s just a story… not necessarily a true one.