It’s $1.35 million for a piece of movie history: a house.
You know: “It’s the kind of house they don’t build anymore…When there was still time for a little charm and elegance.”
So goes the movie trailer for the 1979 horror movie classic “The Amityville Horror.” The house the movie was filmed in, on 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, is up for sale.
If you are familiar with the movie, which stars Margot Kidder and James Brolin, the film opens with a happy young family falling in love with a house that turns out to be horribly haunted.
Built in 1920, according to the real estate listing, the house has dropped in price from $1.4 million for the waterfront property. Many of the telltale signs of the filmed house, however, were modified over the years. The pie-shaped windows that menacingly flanked the brick chimney are now square windows.
Although the Multiple Listing Service entry for the home is quick to point out the number of bathrooms (three full, two half) and bedrooms (four), it doesn’t mention the house is a central character in a classic horror film.
Some of the other selling points, according to the MLS entry:
“Enjoy riverfront living on almost half an acre in this stately colonial boasting an air of Victorian charm. The paver driveway welcomes you to this 4 bedroom, 3 full & 2 half bath home with a 2 car detached garage, porcelain foyer, exquisite center island kitchen featuring dark wood cabinetry & complimented by granite countertops, elegant formal dining room and living room boasting beautiful crown mouldings, Venetian faux painting, gleaming hardwood floors.”
The listing goes on to say, “This Is A Must See Home. Simply Charming.”
The fireplace that also played a prominent role in the movie is spiffed up to a crisp white. If you’re hoping to chop wood and sharpen your axe suspensefully in the yard as Brolin’s character did, you’ll instead have to pick a spot on the paver driveway or landscaped deck. In fact, according to the Internet Movie Database, many of the outdoors scenes were not shot at the house. The house isn’t even in the location it was filmed at, having moved from Dock Street, and many of the architectural elements and other house elements seen in the movie are now gone after years of renovation.
For example, if potential home buyers and movie buffs were hoping to fall down the steps into a very scary basement — you won’t be able to do that either. There’s a home theater and a wet bar down there, according to the real estate listing. Not very scary at all.
The property, which sits on the Toms River, is also easily spotted while taking a tour on the River Lady paddle boat.
To view the listing, check out its entry on Trulia.