Here are some interesting facts about the movie The Amityville Horror, including its sequels and novels. The story of Amityville has gained as much notoriety as it has urban legend status.
- George and Kathy Lutz bought their dream house at 112 Ocean Avenue (the Amytiville house) for the bargain price of $80,000.
- In May 2010, the house was placed on the market with an asking price of $1.15 million. In August 2010, the house was sold to a local resident for $950,000. The house was put on the market again, in 2011, for $1.35 million.
- George Lutz trademarked "The Amityville Horror" in 2002 in response to the subsequent movies using his name without permission, also claiming that the events portrayed in the movies were fabricated or embellished.
- Since the original 1979 Amytiville movie was released, it’s earned just over $273 million. Combined with the two immediate sequels and the 2005 remake, the movies have grossed over $404 million in total.
- Authorities denied permission to film the first three movies at the actual Amityville house. Instead, they were filmed at a house in New Jersey, which had been converted to look like the one at 112 Ocean Avenue. This has created unwanted attention and the mistaken belief that this is the "original" Amityville house.