My Amityville Horror – LFF Review

In 1975 the Lutz family moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. 28 days later the family of five fled the property claiming to have been terrorised by paranormal phenomena. The events have spawned endless headlines, a book, and ten feature films. What actually happened during those four weeks is constantly under debate. Was it a hoax? Was it a haunting? My Amityville Horror does not attempt to answer these questions instead presenting a character study of Daniel Lutz, the family’s eldest son, as he speaks about the events for the first time.

The documentary mostly comprises of conversations with Daniel interspersed with the occasional word from an expert or a figure involved in investigating the events at the time. On the whole though this is Daniel Lutz’s film and he is allowed to tell his story in his own words. What surprised me is that Daniel supports the claims that the family were attacked by the paranormal and even suggests that supernatural influences were around both before and after the short stay in Amityville. It is up to the viewer to decide whether or not they believe Daniel, to read between the lines as a man talks about what was an undeniably troubled childhood.

My Amityville Horror is a powerful examination of a fascinating character that lays no judgement upon its subject. For my money I believe that Daniel is saying what he believes to be true, but the fact that he answers to the names his character was given in the various films says a lot on how the rumours have affected his perception of his own childhood.

For anyone with a passing interest in the events of Amityville or in human psychology My Amityville Horror is a fascinating watch.

56th BFI London Film Festival

And we’re off! The 56th BFI London Film Festival is in full swing and as is tradition Mild Concern will be turning into full festival mode for at least the next week. Armed with a press pass, a week’s holiday, and a small amount of disposal income we will be watching as many films as we can in an effort to breach the 30 film mark having successfully reviewed over 20 films last year.

To help make this deluge of reviews more manageable links to all the films we’ve watched will be placed below in a beautiful wall of hyperlinked images. Have a click around, it does wonders for our stats.

Films reviewed:

The SessionsHyde Park on Hudson

56th BFI London Film Festival Line-up Announced

It’s that time of year again. Yesterday was the line-up for the 56th BFI London Film Festival was announced. The festival runs from 10th – 21st October 2012 and we will be covering it more than you could possibly want. I will be trying to beat my personal record of 20 festival films and living off Starbucks and quiet cinema snacks for a week.

The full list of films can be seen on the BFI website but who needs that when below is my initial pick of films that might be worth a look along with a five word summary for each. It may not be comprehensive but this list is at least alphabetical:

The Body Corpse goes missing. Hitchcockian thriller

Celeste and Jesse Forever Can exes become best friends?

Frankenweenie Tim Burton animation – re-animated dog

Hyde Park on Hudson Bill Murray is Franklin Roosevelt

Kelly + Victor Passionate and transgressive love affair

Kiss of the Damned Estranged contemporary vampire sisters reunite

Love Story Documentary/fiction blur for love

My Amityville Horror Exploring the truth about Amityville

Paradise: Love Middle-aged sex tourism in Kenya

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Documentary essay on cinema’s ideologies

The Road: A Story of Life and Death Stories of London’s many immigrants

Robot and Frank Jewel thief and robot butler

Room 237 What does The Shining mean?

The Sessions Iron lung hires sex surrogate

Seven Psychopaths In Bruges in Los Angeles

Sightseers Perfect holiday: caravanning and murder

West of Memphis Documentary about teens killing kids