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Ghost Boy in Amityville Horror House Photo?




“The Amityville Horror’ is one of the most famous haunted house cases in American history. Speculations about the validity of the haunting have both believers and skeptics wondering if George and Kathy Lutz had made the whole thing up. Famous demonologist Lorraine Warren also got involved with the investigation and concluded that the haunting was very much real and the house was home to malevolent forces and should be avoided.

In 1976, a paranormal investigation was conducted inside the house where an infrared camera was placed on the landing of the second story. The camera was on a timer and would snap photos periodically during certain times of the night. Upon development of the film, the picture below was discovered and the mystery of the Amityville house continued. There were no children present in the house that night. The eyes seem to be “glowing”, perhaps a result of a flash, but when using infrared film, does one use a flash? Remember too that this photo was taken in 1976, long before Photoshop and photo editing computer software:

“Ghost boy” upstairs at the Amityville house.

Could this be the deceased John Matthew DeFeo? Or just an investigator caught on camera?

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DeFeo boys family portrait (via

Photo taken of the same landing, at a different time

In the photo, it appears that a small male child is peeking his head out of the room and into the direction of the camera. Some speculate that if it is a ghost, it is the spirit of John Matthew DeFeo; a victim of his brother Ronald Jr., who went on a shooting spree in  1972, killing his entire family while they slept. The Lutz family moved in 13 months later.

Skeptics think that the photo actually shows Paul Bartz, an investigator who was there that night. Bartz was wearing a similar shirt to the one the boy is wearing in the picture. For this to be true, Bartz would have to been on his knees or crouching down because the height of the ominous face in comparison to the doorway and banister would make the entity about 4 feet tall. Also Bartz is not wearing glasses in the photo below, and his shirt, although a close pattern seems to be in contrast with the one on the “ghost child”. Bartz has never gone on record to either confirm or deny that the camera focused on him that that.

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Paul Bartz: Could this be the person in the photo?

The whole story was a media masterpiece, generating fame for everyone involved. Jay Ansen wrote a very liberal book about the haunting which made its way to Hollywood producers and ultimately a successful 1979 movie of the same name, starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder.

No matter what you believe, The Amityville Horror is one of the most famous cases of a demonic haunting in the United States. The photo only helps to procure what believers think, and what skeptics already know. Perhaps we will never truly understand what went on in that house, but 112 Ocean Ave. will certainly live on in the history of paranormal investigations.

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Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’




Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.

One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.

The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:

Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.

For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.

All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.

Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.

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Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody




While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.

The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.

“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.

SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.

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‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features




Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.

The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.

This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.

This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.

I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.

What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.

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