Even if the story is fake, the Amityville house keeps haunting us by trying to stay relevant. With over two dozen feature films and works related to the house, it’s taken up permanent real estate in the horror market.
The latest is an MGM+ streaming service docuseries that explores the truths behind the myths generated by books and other media. People still appear to be interested in the lore even after four decades.
The streamer is calling this an “elevated look” at the story. We will let them explain exactly what they mean in the press release below. This seems like it might be a good bookend to the 2012 doc My Amityville Horror (trailer at the end of this article) in which former resident Daniel Lutz talks about his experience living in the house while his family was being aggressively and allegedly haunted.
If you are into the supernatural or just want more answers, or even a different take on the legend, you will probably want to check out this four-part series when it starts on MGM+ on April 23.
Amityville: An Origin Story tells the story behind the world’s most infamous haunted house tale: the Amityville murders. The project is the first elevated look at every aspect of this wildly layered story about the heinous murder of a family of six that became eclipsed by paranormal controversy.
The 1979 blockbuster film, The Amityville Horror, inspired by the book of the same title by Jay Anson spawned an ever-expanding universe of movies, books, supernatural theories, and horror superfans. But the mass murder behind the hauntings—and its alleged ties to organized crime—left a long trail of questions that have never been fully explored.
Rooted in the dark cultural undercurrents of the 1970s, the series features firsthand accounts from witnesses, family members, and former investigators appearing on-camera for the first time. Exclusive archival footage, newly unearthed images, and stunning original photography are woven together into the most compelling and comprehensive telling of the Amityville story yet, taking viewers on a heart-pounding roller coaster ride through the mythology, factual record, and devastating human toll of this notorious meta-narrative.
Executive Produced by: Lesley Chilcott, Blaine Duncan, Brooklyn Hudson, Amanda Raymond, Rhett Bachner, and Brien Meagher
Directed and Executive Produced by: Jack Riccobono
International Distributor: MGM