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CURSED MOVIE #4 - The Amityville Horror (1979)
The real Amityville Horror wasn't necessarily the story of the haunting of the Lutz family so much as the gruesome reason behind it - the killing of the six DeFeos by the eldest son of the family, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo, Jr, which took place just 13 months before the Lutz family moved in. The paranormal experiences that allegedly took place are much more terrifying in light of the abnormal murders that occurred without cause in the residence at 3:15 a.m. The victims were consecutively executed, all without a struggle even though there were no signs of sedatives in their systems and most of them were awake. Neighbors reported hearing a dog barking at the time of the murders but no gunshots, despite the fact that no silencer was used on the rifle. To this day no one knows for sure exactly what happened or why.
The same spirit that supposedly haunted George Lutz also came after the men who portrayed him. James Brolin, the actor who starred as Lutz in the original 1979 film, didn't want the role when it was first offered to him. At the insistence of his agent he agreed to read the book behind the film. One night as Brolin was reading a particularly tense section of the book his pants unexpectedly came crashing down from where he'd hung them. When he checked the clock it was at 3:15 a.m. Eventually James agreed to take the role, having been convinced there was something to the Lutz family account after all.
Ryan Reynolds also had a run in with the supernatural while filming the 2005 remake. The new actor portraying George Lutz admitted that he kept waking up each night at the same time his character did in the movie - 3:15 a.m. Eventually whatever was plaguing Reynolds gave up and went away. George Lutz wasn't so lucky. He dropped dead four weeks before the film premiered.