Amityville remake — the review is up

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.

Some filmmakers have had great success in both fiction and non-fiction — whether they move back and forth between the two throughout their careers like Werner Herzog, or whether they start in one and then pretty much give it up for the other like Denys Arcand — but it is interesting to see how some non-fiction types only get a chance to get one fiction movie out of their systems, and how sometimes the only way they can do this is to latch onto a franchise that just happens to be going through the motions of sequels and remakes for a few extra bucks.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • Trent

    …of course, if you had TV, you coulda caught Search for Wrong-eyes on the Documentary Channel this week.

    I didn’t, but I could’ve….


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