Directed by: Damiano Damiani
Starring: Burt Young, Jack Magner, James Olson, Rutanya Alda
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Continuity mistake: When the kids are in their room, the paint brushes come flying out of the red and green cans, but as the brushes are painting on the wall, they are both covered with only red paint.
Revealing mistake: When Sonny is in the attic with the priest, as he comes flying in the air towards the priest, you can see the safety wire attached to his back.
Factual error: The movie is set in 1974. The Sony walkman was introduced in 1979, yet Sonny is seen listening to one.
Question: Since this movie is a prequel to the events of the first Amityville, why isn't the name DeFeo used since the murders were committed by Ron Defeo Jr.
Answer: It is unknown why the changes were made, only theories as to why. There has been speculation that because they film took so many liberties and based some of the events (like the incest) on rumors rather than proven facts, that the names were changed to avoid trouble. There's also the fact that the films becoming increasingly fictionalized with each installment, hence they might have changed the names to indicate that the film was only loosely inspired by true events. Finally, there has been some fan speculation that the movie is actually a sequel, and we're merely seeing the DeFeo crimes being recreated in another family, though this is a bit shaky.
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