Friday, June 10, 2011

Amity Island or Amity Ville?

I know Amityville Week is over and I know I said I wouldn't talk about anything to do with Amityville Horror for a while but bear with me a minute. This is just too interesting to not mention ...

Tonight, after a drink and some wings at a local beach bar, Jen laid out plans for the rest of our night that were music to my ears. She slapped on her Jaws t-shirt and suggested we grab some booze and bust out the Jaws DVD. Now that's my idea of a Friday night! This is exactly how our night was carried out and yes, she totally got air during the scene where the decapitated head comes through the hole in the boat.

Now i've seen Jaws countless times over the years, including once on the big screen with Roy Scheider himself in attendance, but I noticed something pretty shocking during this viewing that I had never noticed before. After doing some research online just now after the movie ended, i've found not a single soul who seems to have noticed it either, so I figured it was worth a mention. Check out what I spotted around the 33 minute mark, during the scene where a shark which is obviously not the shark is caught and killed!

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Is it just me or is that the Amityville house in the background? From the windows to the chimney, it's a dead on lookalike and I can't imagine there are too many houses out there, if any, that look like that particular one ... I know i've never seen any. Now what's real interesting about this is that the book Jaws, which the movie is based on, takes place in the fictional town of Amity Island in the real life Long Island, the same island that Amityville resides in (and the island I live on!). The book was loosely based on real life shark hunter Frank Mundus, who was from Long Island, though in the movie Amity Island is not in Long Island but rather somewhere in New England. Jaws was filmed primarily in Massachusetts, which pretty much rules out this house being the actual Amityville house, even though it not only looks just like it but also fits right in with the fact that the Ocean Avenue house is right on the water. To make things even more peculiar, Jaws was filmed in 1974, with filming wrapping in September, which was one month before Ronnie DeFeo murdered his whole family and made the town of Amityville infamous. Apparently, from what I understand, Peter Benchley even came up with the fictional town of Amity by looking at a map of Long Island and spotting Amityville.

Now i'm really not sure what i'm trying to say here, if anything, but I found this pretty damn interesting and a bit spooky and i'm surprised I never noticed it before. How coincidental is it that there's apparently a house in Massachusetts that looks just like the Amityville house and that it appears in the background of a movie that takes place in a fictional town named after the real town on Long Island where Amityville resides? And that the movie was filmed the same year, just one month prior, to the Amityville murders? Cue Twilight Zone theme ....

On that note. I'm tired and I want to go to bed. Just had a drink about an hour ago and it went right to my head.

11 comments:

Dr Blood said...

I hate to be a buzzkill but there are lots of Dutch Colonial houses which look like the one in Long Island. There are at least ten of them within a mile radius of where I live. The design was very popular and long lasting. I'm sure the windows/chimney breast "face" was a big factor for the people who originally built them.

AbbyNormal said...

Ive always been a little obsessed with the whole Amityville phenomena, everything from the murders to the hauntings and the film franchise seems to fascinate me, Im glad Im not the only one who spots Amityville house lookalikes in strange places:)

Good eye!

Dr. JImmy Terror said...

If I have not said this before you are a genius. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and this is a shining example of what you do that everyone loves. Good show old man!

Sammy said...

That's pretty cool, Johnny. Also, I love the song reference at the end of the post. Also, that song is now stuck in my head.

Caffeinated Joe (Wings) said...

Wow - That is freaky! And hey, you get your own piece of trivia to add to two classic films, so that's awesome right there.

Living in Massachusetts my whole life, I can say that I have seen similar houses here and there. Not sure WHERE that particular one is, but I can say that they are probably some still around the state.

Awesome find!

Johnny said...

Dr. Blood - While I can't say I knew that, it's not a buzzkill at all. I'm not saying the actual Amityville house appears in Jaws, I just find it interesting that the name of the fictional town is Amity and that the movie was filmed a month before the Amityville murders. All that coincidence coupled with the fact that a doppleganger house appears prominently in the background is just really interesting to me.

I'm glad you left that comment though because now I realize that my dreams of someday living in a house that looks like that actually have potential to come to fruition! =)

Vincent Stark said...

Back to Jaws -I'm old enough to have caught this on its original release. The whole cinema jumped at the head coming out.

Johnny said...

I was anxious while watching the movie with Jen for that scene to come because she generally doesn't jump at stuff like that and I was curious to see if she would ... which she totally did! Such an effective little scare, I think anybody watching the movie for the first time will jump at that scene.

Anonymous said...

Sorry if this was double posted,i wasnt sure if the first one worked or not?

I looked up many images for dutch colonial homes and some of them resembled the amityville horror house and some of them didnt,but none of them had two windows that looked like evil eyes as the Amityville horror house does or did...

Some or most? of jaws was filmed on marthas vineyard in Mass. and so its possible some other scenes could have been filmed with the real amityville house in view...

Who knows? maybe the psycho demon possessed killer Ronald Dafoe can be seen as an extra in the jaws movie and wouldnt that be really weird...

M0RE C0WBELL said...

Frank mundus was the MAN!

Coolzyzz said...

The actual Amityville house ( 112 ocean avenue ) didn't have a chimney like that just a top one and the crescent moon windows were on the front facing away from the water.