The Amityville Horror (1979)

The 1979 film “The Amityville Horror” was shot primarily around New Jersey. The film is of course based on real events, where in 1974, a man murdered six of his family members. In 1975, the Lutz family purchased the home and later claimed to have experienced paranormal activity, although the truthfulness of their claim has been widely disputed. Initial attempts to film in the real town of Amityville, New York proved unsuccessful, after the town denied permission to film any scenes there in an ongoing effort to distance themselves from further infamy. You can read about the real home here.

Instead, a similar looking home was found in Toms River, New Jersey. The production added a third-floor facade with the distinct crescent moon windows on the sides of the house.

LOCATION: 18 Brooks Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753

Aside from a few interior scenes being filmed inside the Toms River house, the majority of interior scenes were filmed at MGM studios in Culver City, CA.

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