Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Amityville: Hoax or Haunted House?
Shortly after the murder in 1974, the Lutz family moved into the home. Their nightmare lasted a grueling 28 days. During this time the Lutzes reported experiencing terrifying and increasing paranormal activity. The family fled and the bank foreclosed. Since then, other families have moved into the home and none have made claims of being 'haunted,' or unusual occurrences. The current occupants say the house has always been peaceful despite the horrible tragedy that took place on that fateful day.
Since the Lutzes are the only persons able to provide personal paranormal experiences with the house, it's natural to be skeptical. There are a number of theories as to why a haunting begins, goes dormant and becomes active. However, the difficultly seems to be in actually proving these paranormal theories with valid evidence.
Coincidentally, I am working on a new horror project and part of my task is to determine what makes a scene, place, person and object frightening. Two key things come to mind: the unimaginable and the unseen. First, it is essential to create a situation that is morally challenging, tragic, fearful or painful to imagine. Secondly, to hinder one or more of the human defenses we naturally use to survive. In otherwords, cripple a sense whether it be sight, hearing, smell, touch ect. It takes very little to disorient and when it happens, what follows is loss of control.
For me, it does not matter whether the Amityville claim is a hoax. The fact that there is the slightest chance it might be true is terrifying enough. Why? Because how can a person fight what they can't see coming? Some might say, 'Faith,' and perhaps this is true, but how scary is faith?