Review: “Shock Docs: Amityville Horror House” Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

January 24, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

The tragic and terrifying events that occurred at the two-story house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York have long been the subject of true crime fans and paranormal studies. There have been many investigations of the rumored haunting as well as many documentaries, so what makes “Shock Docs: Amityville Horror House” special? A lot.


Discovery+’s “Shock Docs” series sets out to delve into the history of the most haunted house in America in their new special. It takes viewers back in time to November 13, 1974, at 3:15 am, when 23-year-old Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. brutally slaughtered his family in the middle of the night with a .35 Marlin rifle. He took aim and put a bullet into each of them as they slept. He then got dressed and went to work as nothing had happened then went to a bar pleading for help screaming that an intruder had wiped out his entire family. But it didn’t take long for DeFeo to be arrested and charged with his family’s murder. The story continues when the home is sold to the Lutz family, who experience terrifying paranormal activity for 28 days before abandoning the home and their belongings which is explored in detail day by day.





What sets the documentary apart from all others is the incredible level of details, interviews with witnesses, crime scene evidence, actual news footage, never before seen evidence, clips from the investigation of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and testimony from witnesses as well as George Lutz and DeFeo Jr. himself. It also features commentary from legendary paranormal investigators like Jason Hewes of the popular series “Ghost Hunters.”


The story of the two families and the investigations are guided by a narrator who walks viewers through the house’s history and the horrifying events that occurred.


I do feel the need to issue a warning, the documentary is not for the faint of heart. Real blood-drenched crime scene photos are shown including photos of the beds where  DeFao Jr.’s family bled out.


Amityville Horror House” goes far beyond any Amityville documentary I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. Between the real footage and the detailed testimony, we learn more about the location than ever before. It’s a must-see! Luckily, you don’t have to wait, “Shock Docs: Amityville Horror House” is now streaming on discovery+.



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