Just a note to say my review of the new version of The Amityville Horror is up at CT Movies. I had not realized until a couple days ago that the film was directed by the same man, Andrew Douglas, who made Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2003), a documentary that I almost saw at last year’s festival, but missed. Now I wish I had seen it, of course.
For some reason, this reminds me of how Joe Berlinger — one of the documentarians behind such pretty good films as Brother’s Keeper (1992), Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) — also happened to make the inferior Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000). Or, for that matter, of how Errol Morris made one fiction film, The Dark Wind (1991), in the middle of his otherwise exclusively documentary-oriented career-to-date.