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8 Times Michael Bay Said F*ck You To Horror Fans

8. He Couldn't Even Get The Amityville Horror Right

If you€™re in it for the money, then remaking The Amityville Horror is one of those ideas that cannot possibly fail. Even if you churn out a mediocre, cliché-ridden new version, it€™ll look fantastic next to Amityville Dollhouse and The Amityville Asylum. The movie was a smash hit, grossing $108 million worldwide on a $19 million budget and should€™ve given Platinum Dunes another franchise, but the indifferent reaction caused the idea to be shelved. The movie wasn€™t that bad but it wasn€™t that good either, it was just... there. €œIt€™s not scary, just busy,€ wrote critic Pete Travers. €œFor the real thing, watch Psycho, The Shining, The Haunting or The Innocents. What those films have in common is precisely what the new Amityville Horror lacks: they know it€™s what you don€™t see in a haunted house that fries your nerves to a frazzle.€ Don't expect the film to acquire a cult reputation: it currently has a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'