The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown, October 25: Amityville Horror (1979)

A note to all homebuilders: Please pay better attention to the likes of your grounds. You see, over the years, too many homes have been built on or near pet cemeteries, directly on top of Native American burial grounds, or caves that lead to the Hell.

Land is land, I guess. Anyway, a passage Hell is what the Amityville house is built on. Apparently, evil can come right out of the ground in Long Island! The story of Amityville Horror the film, which stars James Brolin and Margot Kidder, is based on a true story. So, that's already pretty effing scary. Add to it vomiting nuns, lots of hell flies, screaming and insane James Brolin, a house with bright orange eyes--and you have one of the great haunted house horror films ever.

Which is all this film really is: a roller-coaster of hellish horror gags strung together. It's great group horror film watching. Oh, also, ignore the remake. It's terrible.

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It's like a childhood nightmare, envisioned on the big screen: Margot Kidder sees a couple dark circular eyes floating in the darkness outside her kid's window. It's not the scariest scene in the universe, but it's the perfect horror movie answer to the creepy thought many of us have (I'm sure?) had in the middle of the night--"did you see that?"

Note: unfortunately this scene isn't exactly on YouTube, but, hey, you can see it in the trailer.

The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown October 1: Halloween October 2: Antichrist October 3: Student Bodies October 4: Poltergeist October 5: Jaws October 6: Suspiria October 7: Scream October 8: The Fly October 9: Dead Alive October 10: Drag Me to Hell October 11: Se7en October 12: Rosemary's Baby October 13: Friday the 13th October 14: The Thing October 15: Audition October 16 and 17: The Exorcist and The Exorcist III October 18: The Omen October 19: Paranormal Activity October 20: Changeling October 21: Hellraiser October 22: 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later October 23: A Nightmare On Elm Street October 24: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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