Daniel Lutz is the man, the living embodiment of the Amityville saga.
Now the father of teenagers he films “My Amityville,” a documentary of his life living in the Amityville horror house. The documentary is an extension of the therapy he has been in for years.
He reveals a startling inside look at George Lutz entirely different from the character Ryan Reynolds portrayed on the big screen. Even more disturbing is he knew with startling clarity each character that was a silver screen representation of his life under the disturbed iron thumb of his step-father George Lutz.
He revealed the dark side Lutz struggled hard to hide from the public eye when he came out or blew up the events of the few weeks they lived in the Amityville house. He is firmly convinced that Lutz had demonically given psychic powers.
Some of the people, particularly the psychiatrist he is seeing believes the severe psychological and physical abuse at the hand of Lutz caused a break with reality……an explanation, a reason if you will for the torture at the hands of Lutz.
Danny though three decades later is still firmly coninvced the haunting was real. Many things he is able to recall with startling clarity including a walk along the beach with Ed and Lorraine Warren about the events in the home.
He fears that maybe some of what his doctor said was true since none of the subsequent owners have had any significant occurrences. Miss Lorraine still firmly believes it waited for someone who was not only disturbed but open to the dark forces in order to strike again. She is convinced that the team she brought in took care of the problem. As most horror fans in 2013 will realize this woman is the one brought to the big screen in The Conjuring as one half of the legendary paranormal investigative team, The Warrens and aunt to The Haunted Collector senior investigator, John Zaffis.
I’m not sure how long it took to film the documentary but there is no mistaking the haunted look that stayed with him through out the filming, the hate he still feels for the controlling man who forced his will on his family long before he married his mother, and the slight tremor when he spoke about it…..especially if asked if he would ever return to the house.
He believed his mother was still afraid but once he turned 14 he was done. He finally convinced his mother and left. He’s been on his own ever since.
Whether or not the events were true the urban legend still exists and teenagers in Long Island use it as test of “nerves” sometimes daring each other or simply using a touch on the walls or who can get closer as a mark of nerve. Or so I’m told by a fellow HWA member who’d often sneak up and climb the wall….member will remain nameless until the story is straightened out & permission to tell his experiences officially are given.