The house that spooked the shit out of the family Lutz, and, later, readers of Jay Anson’s account of it, The Amityville Horror, went on the market yesterday. The 5 bedroom Dutch Colonial can be yours for just 1.5 million. But, as they say, buyer beware:
The house has a history of terror. The Lutz family moved into the house in 1975 after it went on sale because the former were all killed in the home with the exception of the eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Jr. who was convicted of killing his family.
The horror house left the Lutz’s moving out with a tale to tell that was made into an Oscar nominated film starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder as the Lutz family who were only able to stay in the house for a brief time. Neighbors say people still gawk at the home and it draws a crowd on Halloween. How much of the story the Lutz’s told was true, but if the house sells, and some brave family moves in, we may find out.
Attn: potential new tenants of Amityville Horror house: if that demonic pig, Jodie, pops up again, please send him to Park Slope, Brooklyn, c/o Jonathan Safran Foer. You got that? Park Slope!
Previously on Dangerous Minds: The Merv Griffin-Amityville Horror Summit