The Amityville Horror

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The Amityville Horror was a best-selling 1977 novel by Jay Anson. The novel is also the basis of two movies made in 1979 and 2005.

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Synopsis

Both book and film revolve around the Lutz family, who move into the Dutch Colonial home in the village of Amityville, a New York City suburb on the south shore of Long Island, New York village. Thirteen months earlier the house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the scene of a brutal mass murder. The Lutz family, having lived in the house for only 28 days, fled their house with very few belongings, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomenon.

The murders

  • This section contains information that is a part of the public record separate from specific allegations of supernatural events which form the heart of the book and movies.

Main Article: Ronald DeFeo, Jr.

On November 13, 1974, police found that all but one of the members of the family residing at 112 Oceanside Ave., the DeFeo's, had been murdered in the middle of the night. Ronald DeFeo Jr., the only surviving member, claimed that they had been murdered by the mob until he confessed to the murders.

The popular story of ensuing events is that DeFeo’s original claims were that the murders were mob-connected had changed to “hearing voices,” demonic possession, and being handed the murder weapon, a .35 calibre Marlin hunting rifle, by a “pair of black hands”. DeFeo also claimed to have seen shadow figures moving about the house during the murders. He also claimed when killing his parents the weapon made no sound when firing it. However CourtTV's account of the murder case makes no mention of these claims, implying that DeFeo in fact did not contest his confession until the trial [1]. DeFeo's attorney pursued that line of questioning during the trial, only to have it backfire on him when DeFeo testified that he had not heard any voices the night of the murders [2]. He was convicted of second degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence.

Story

  • This section contains allegations of events that support the contention that the house was actually haunted. They are part of a work of literature alleging supernatural events and have not been independently verified by impartial research.
Left to right: 112 Ocean as owned by the DeFeo & Lutz familiy, 112 Ocean in 1978, House in Toms River, New Jersey remodeled to look like 112 Ocean (was used for filming first three Amityville Horror movies), 112 Ocean as remodeled in the 1990s - note the replacement of quarter-moon window as well as the alteration of porch balustrade and the removal of latticework around porch columns.

The house on 112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for 13 months until late 1975, when George and Kathleen Lutz purchased the 2 ½ floor house. George and Kathy were married in July and had their own houses, however they wanted to start a new life with a new home, for a new marriage. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage and a black Labrador named Harry. During their first inspection of the house the realtor told them about the DeFeo murders the previous November and asked if this changed their opinion on wanting to purchase the house. After family discussions, it was agreed that it was not an issue.

They moved in on December 18, 1975. When a friend of George’s learned of the house he insisted George have the house blessed. At the time George was a non-Catholic (at the time he was a non-practising Methodist) and had no experience with what a house blessing entailed. Kathy was a non-practising Catholic at the time and explained the process. George only knew of one Catholic priest, named Father Ray, who was also a close friend, who agreed to do the house blessing.

Being an ecclesiastical judge at the local Catholic establishment, Father Ray was not in the habit of doing house-blessings but since he and George were friends, he was doing it as a favour. Father Ray arrived to do the house blessing on the day the Lutz’s were moving in and as they busily unpacked outside he went in and performed the house blessing. Much later, after fleeing, George and Kathy learned from Father Ray that when blessing a particular room on the second-storey, which would be referred to as the “sewing room” (formerly Marc and John Matthew DeFeo’s bedroom), he discovered an unnatural coldness in this room, and heard an unearthly voice telling him to “Get Out!” Startled by this, Father Ray was subsequently slapped by an unseen force. When leaving the house, Father Ray did not mention this incident to either George or Kathy, more than likely because he did not wish to cause them unnecessary concern. Instead he told them he felt uncomfortable in that room and would prefer it if nobody spent too much time in that room. Because they planned to use the room as a “sewing room” nothing else was mentioned of it, until much later after George and Kathy had fled the house.

The sensations in the house experienced by the Lutz family did not happen at an accelerated pace instantly. Occurrences were subtle and escalated as time went by. The instances of paranormal activity were later described as being “in a three-ringed circus”. Each family member would experience different things as individuals which made such a profound psychological effect that it was difficult to explain them to even other family members that lived in the house, and it was like they “were each living in a different house”.

Some of the experiences in the house for the Lutz family are as follows:

  • George would wake up around 3.15am every morning and then would go out to check the boathouse. Later it would be learned that it was the estimated time of death with the DeFeo murders.
  • Kathy would have vivid nightmares about the murders, and discovered which order the murders occurred and who was shot where. These details were later confirmed when they met with Ronald DeFeo’s defence attorney.
  • Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force.
  • Kathy discovered a small hidden crawl space behind shelving in the basement, the walls painted red. This did not show up on the blue prints of the house. The room was referred to as “the red room”. This room had a profound effect on their dog, Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered away as if sensing something negative there.
  • There were cold spots and strange odours of scented perfume and excrement in certain areas of the house where there were no wind drafts or any piping whatsoever to explain a source.
  • The Lutz’s youngest daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named “Jody” who it was later discovered was not so imaginary and who it would be discovered could change form from a little boy to a demonic pig-like creature.
  • George would be awoken by the sound of the front door slamming when there was no door slamming. He would race downstairs to see the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. Nobody else heard these sounds even though it was loud enough to wake the house.
  • George would hear what was described as a “German marching band tuning up” or what also sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency. When he got downstairs the noise would stop.
  • While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of “red eyes” looking at him from Missy’s bedroom window. When he raced upstairs and to her room there was no sign of this mysterious entity. Later it was theorized that it could have been “Jody”.

When it was apparent to the Lutz’s that something was wrong with their house that they could not explain rationally, it was suggested by a friend of George’s, who had had similar experiences in his house, that he and Kathy do a blessing of their own and open all the windows in the rooms and tell whatever was there to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. When taking his advice and walking around the house doing the Lord’s prayer each of the rooms, George and Kathy would hear a chorus of voices telling them “Will you please stop!”

By mid-January of 1976, and after another attempt at a house blessing by George and Kathy, they experienced what would be their final night in the house. To this day, events of this night have not been disclosed fully by any of the Lutz family, as they have described it as too frightening.

After getting in touch with Father Ray, he managed to convince George and Kathy to take some belongings and stay at Kathy’s mother’s house in Deer Park, for the time being until they sorted out what problems were in the house. On January 14, 1976, George and Kathy Lutz, with their three children and their dog, Harry, fled the house on 112 Ocean Avenue, leaving most of their possessions behind.

Criticisms

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The book and the subsequent movies were promoted as being based on a true story, and for a time Anson's word that "There is simply too much independent corroboration of their narrative to support the speculation that [the Lutzes] either imagined or fabricated these events" held. The popular consensus today, however, among researchers of the incident is that "the facts depicted in the books (and the movies to follow) were written entirely as a profit making scheme" [3].

The story started to fall apart when the Lutz's filed suit against Paul Hoffman (a writer working on an account of the hauntings), William Weber (DeFeo's Lawyer), Bernard Burton, Frederick Mars (both clairvoyants who had examined the house), Good Housekeeping, New York Sunday News and the Hearst Corporation (who had published articles related to the hauntings), alleging invasion of privacy, misappropration of names for trade purposes, and mental distress. Hoffman, Weber, and Burton immediately filed a countersuit alleging fraud and breach of contract. Eventually, the claims against the news corporations were dropped for lack of evidence, and the remainder of the case was tried by Brooklyn U.S. District Court judge Jack B. Weinstein. Weinstein dismissed the Lutz's claims, saying "it appears to me that to a large extent the book is a work of fiction, relying in a large part upon the suggestions of Mr. Weber" [4]. Weber had admitted that much of the story was created over "many bottles of wine" with the Lutz's [5].

Numerous discrepencies have emerged over the years, though the Lutz's continued claims that the book was essentially true help keep the legend alive in the public eye.

A recent view of 112 Ocean.

See Also

  • The Amityville Horror (1979 film)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005 film)

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Numerous discrepencies have emerged over the years, though the Lutz's continued claims that the book was essentially true help keep the legend alive in the public eye. On June 15, 2005, a video game adaptation was released onto the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance consoles. Weber had admitted that much of the story was created over "many bottles of wine" with the Lutz's [5]. The set includes many new & old documentaries, commentaries from both directors Tim Burton & Joel Schumacher, deleted scenes, music-videos, trailers, and new digital transfers for all four films: Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997). Weber" [4]. Also released on the same date was Batman: the Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997, which contains each of the four Burton-Schumacher films in new 2-disc special edition format. Weinstein dismissed the Lutz's claims, saying "it appears to me that to a large extent the book is a work of fiction, relying in a large part upon the suggestions of Mr. This puzzling rumor has left many potential customers baffled, and concerned with how to obtain this commodity from the very few vendors that still have some in stock.

Weinstein. Some vendors have reported that the deluxe edition of Begins was set only for a limited release, and thus only had a one time stock pile. District Court judge Jack B. In addition, a Deluxe Two-Disc Widescreen Edition was released which contains exclusive special features and copies of Detective Comics #27, Batman: The Man Who Falls, and an excerpt of the 13-issue Batman: The Long Halloween. Eventually, the claims against the news corporations were dropped for lack of evidence, and the remainder of the case was tried by Brooklyn U.S. It is available in Fullscreen and Widescreen. Hoffman, Weber, and Burton immediately filed a countersuit alleging fraud and breach of contract. The Batman Begins DVD was released October 18, 2005.

The story started to fall apart when the Lutz's filed suit against Paul Hoffman (a writer working on an account of the hauntings), William Weber (DeFeo's Lawyer), Bernard Burton, Frederick Mars (both clairvoyants who had examined the house), Good Housekeeping, New York Sunday News and the Hearst Corporation (who had published articles related to the hauntings), alleging invasion of privacy, misappropration of names for trade purposes, and mental distress. 2005 World Soundtrack Awards. The popular consensus today, however, among researchers of the incident is that "the facts depicted in the books (and the movies to follow) were written entirely as a profit making scheme" [3]. 2005 Visual Effects Society (VES Awards). The book and the subsequent movies were promoted as being based on a true story, and for a time Anson's word that "There is simply too much independent corroboration of their narrative to support the speculation that [the Lutzes] either imagined or fabricated these events" held. 2005 Online Film Critics Society (OFCS Awards). On January 14, 1976, George and Kathy Lutz, with their three children and their dog, Harry, fled the house on 112 Ocean Avenue, leaving most of their possessions behind. 2005 Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA Awards).

After getting in touch with Father Ray, he managed to convince George and Kathy to take some belongings and stay at Kathy’s mother’s house in Deer Park, for the time being until they sorted out what problems were in the house. 2005 Golden Trailer Awards. To this day, events of this night have not been disclosed fully by any of the Lutz family, as they have described it as too frightening. 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards. By mid-January of 1976, and after another attempt at a house blessing by George and Kathy, they experienced what would be their final night in the house. 2005 Costume Designers Guild Awards. When taking his advice and walking around the house doing the Lord’s prayer each of the rooms, George and Kathy would hear a chorus of voices telling them “Will you please stop!”. 2005 BAFTA Awards.

When it was apparent to the Lutz’s that something was wrong with their house that they could not explain rationally, it was suggested by a friend of George’s, who had had similar experiences in his house, that he and Kathy do a blessing of their own and open all the windows in the rooms and tell whatever was there to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. 2005 Art Directors Guild. Some of the experiences in the house for the Lutz family are as follows:. 2005 American Society of Cinematographers. Each family member would experience different things as individuals which made such a profound psychological effect that it was difficult to explain them to even other family members that lived in the house, and it was like they “were each living in a different house”. 78th Academy Awards. The instances of paranormal activity were later described as being “in a three-ringed circus”. In order for the sequel to achieve the targeted release date of June (the month that all Batman films are released) 2008, pre-production will likely begin sometime in 2006, with major filming happening in 2007 [6].

Occurrences were subtle and escalated as time went by. Neither are we.". The sensations in the house experienced by the Lutz family did not happen at an accelerated pace instantly. isn't interested in Robin. Because they planned to use the room as a “sewing room” nothing else was mentioned of it, until much later after George and Kathy had fled the house. In an article listed on [5], Christopher Nolan stated: "Warner Bros. Instead he told them he felt uncomfortable in that room and would prefer it if nobody spent too much time in that room. In a turn from comic continuity, Robin is not slated to appear in the new franchise.

When leaving the house, Father Ray did not mention this incident to either George or Kathy, more than likely because he did not wish to cause them unnecessary concern. However, rumours have placed: Adrien Brody, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Lachy Hulme, David Bowie, Daniel Day-Lewis, Crispin Glover, and a slew of other people in the role of the Joker for the sequel [4]. Much later, after fleeing, George and Kathy learned from Father Ray that when blessing a particular room on the second-storey, which would be referred to as the “sewing room” (formerly Marc and John Matthew DeFeo’s bedroom), he discovered an unnatural coldness in this room, and heard an unearthly voice telling him to “Get Out!” Startled by this, Father Ray was subsequently slapped by an unseen force. On August 22, 2005, producer Charles Roven denied that any villain had been decided upon, and insisted that the reference to The Joker in the film was only intended as a tip of the hat to the 1989 Batman film [3]. Father Ray arrived to do the house blessing on the day the Lutz’s were moving in and as they busily unpacked outside he went in and performed the house blessing. As well as the major villains, supporting characters are rumored to include The Penguin, Talia Head (daughter of Ra's Al Ghul), and Black Mask (comics). Being an ecclesiastical judge at the local Catholic establishment, Father Ray was not in the habit of doing house-blessings but since he and George were friends, he was doing it as a favour. Goyer revealed in an interview that he and Nolan have devised a rough scenario for a trilogy, using The Joker as the antagonist in the second film and Two-Face in the third, loosely following the story from Batman: The Long Halloween.

George only knew of one Catholic priest, named Father Ray, who was also a close friend, who agreed to do the house blessing. Goyer will be returning for the sequels. Kathy was a non-practising Catholic at the time and explained the process. At this time, director Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David S. At the time George was a non-Catholic (at the time he was a non-practising Methodist) and had no experience with what a house blessing entailed. Gary Oldman (James Gordon) and Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth) are also under contract to reprise their roles [2]. When a friend of George’s learned of the house he insisted George have the house blessed. This would make Bale the first actor since Michael Keaton (who appeared in the first and second movies) to play Batman more than once.

They moved in on December 18, 1975. Warner Brothers has announced its intentions to make a sequel to Batman Begins with most of the film's main cast, including Christian Bale, returning. After family discussions, it was agreed that it was not an issue. But the movie marked a successful return of the Batman saga, erasing the legacy of its predecessor Batman and Robin and ensured the studio's plans to greenlight a sequel. During their first inspection of the house the realtor told them about the DeFeo murders the previous November and asked if this changed their opinion on wanting to purchase the house. Hiring him for this kind of movie, particularly one of Warner Brothers' biggest franchises, was a risky endeavour on the studio's part. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage and a black Labrador named Harry. Memento.

George and Kathy were married in July and had their own houses, however they wanted to start a new life with a new home, for a new marriage. Before then, he was known for directing low-budget movies that focused mostly on dark themes, but had substance and depth, i.e. The house on 112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for 13 months until late 1975, when George and Kathleen Lutz purchased the 2 ½ floor house. The movie also solidified Christopher Nolan's capability of directing a major blockbuster. He was convicted of second degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence. A recent poll at IMDb marked the film as #1 as the best summer movie of 2005 with Revenge of the Sith at second. DeFeo's attorney pursued that line of questioning during the trial, only to have it backfire on him when DeFeo testified that he had not heard any voices the night of the murders [2]. gross of the other movies would be as follows: Batman $403 million, Batman Returns $251 million and Batman Forever $271 million).

However CourtTV's account of the murder case makes no mention of these claims, implying that DeFeo in fact did not contest his confession until the trial [1]. (The inflation-adjusted U.S. He also claimed when killing his parents the weapon made no sound when firing it. gross of $150 million. DeFeo also claimed to have seen shadow figures moving about the house during the murders. However, taking ticket price inflation into account, Begins is only ahead of 1997's Batman and Robin, which had an adjusted U.S. The popular story of ensuing events is that DeFeo’s original claims were that the murders were mob-connected had changed to “hearing voices,” demonic possession, and being handed the murder weapon, a .35 calibre Marlin hunting rifle, by a “pair of black hands”. According to boxofficemojo.com, the $135-million movie has earned $205.3 million during its North American theatrical run and approximately $166 million elsewhere in the world, making it the second most successful Batman movie (next to the 1989 movie) and fifth most successful of summer 2005 (next to Revenge of the Sith, War of the Worlds, Wedding Crashers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Ronald DeFeo Jr., the only surviving member, claimed that they had been murdered by the mob until he confessed to the murders. Another complaint is that the script, at times, had jokey dialogue in the Joel Schumacher style. On November 13, 1974, police found that all but one of the members of the family residing at 112 Oceanside Ave., the DeFeo's, had been murdered in the middle of the night. The redesign of the Batmobile also evoked mixed reviews. Main Article: Ronald DeFeo, Jr. Also, some felt that the dark and erratic cinematography on the fight scenes make it difficult to discern what's happening; others feel that that is precisely the point (the ambiguity and confusion is an organic interpretation of what the criminals experience). The Lutz family, having lived in the house for only 28 days, fled their house with very few belongings, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomenon. Another is the complete reworking of Batman's origin to have Joe Chill captured the very night of the murder and serve nearly fourteen years in prison, thus some feel, removing Bruce's motivation to become Batman, and having Bruce trained by Ra's al Ghul and his minons.

Thirteen months earlier the house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the scene of a brutal mass murder. The short film Batman: Dead End succesfully portrayed Batman in his classic Alex Ross style black and grey costume, causing many fans to wish Batman Begins followed suit. Both book and film revolve around the Lutz family, who move into the Dutch Colonial home in the village of Amityville, a New York City suburb on the south shore of Long Island, New York village. Some found the costume to look too much like Val Kilmer's "sonar suit" from the climax of Batman Forever. . It is worked on from roughly the 45 minute mark, but only appears fully an hour into the movie (1:01:26 to be exact). The novel is also the basis of two movies made in 1979 and 2005. Other criticisms of Batman Begins included the delayed first appearance of Bale in Batman regalia.

The Amityville Horror was a best-selling 1977 novel by Jay Anson. For instance, Batman's first comic book run-in with Ra's Al Ghul involved Robin being kidnapped, whereas in Batman Begins, Robin doesn't yet exist. The Amityville Horror (2005 film). The film takes many liberties, despite being hailed for its more accurate portrayal of Batman as he is depicted in Bob Kane's comic universe. The Amityville Horror (1979 film). All told, this movie is considered to be the favorite Batman movie for critics and audiences alike. Later it was theorized that it could have been “Jody”. The film is currently on the IMDb's list of the Top 250 films of all-time [1].

When he raced upstairs and to her room there was no sign of this mysterious entity. The movie was also received quite favorably by audiences and many fans, earning the highest rating of any film released in 2005 by users of the website boxofficemojo.com and garnering an 83% score at rottentomatoes.com. While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of “red eyes” looking at him from Missy’s bedroom window. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times also gave it high praise, dubbing the film "the most successful comic-book adaptation alongside Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World.". When he got downstairs the noise would stop. Early reviews from professional film critics were enthusiastic, with Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times (who panned all the previous live action adaptations of the character) calling it one of the best films of the year. George would hear what was described as a “German marching band tuning up” or what also sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency. At the end, Batman stands as the defender of Gotham.

Nobody else heard these sounds even though it was loud enough to wake the house. Gordon explains that a criminal in the lost "Narrows" area of Gotham has left calling cards at all his crime scenes in the form of a Joker playing card. He would race downstairs to see the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. As the movie ends, Wayne takes total control of his company with Lucius as his CEO and a promoted Gordon expresses gratitude for what Batman has done. George would be awoken by the sound of the front door slamming when there was no door slamming. They battle and Batman eventually defeats Ra's. The Lutz’s youngest daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named “Jody” who it was later discovered was not so imaginary and who it would be discovered could change form from a little boy to a demonic pig-like creature. Batman eventually discovers that Ducard is actually the real Ra's al Ghul, and has conspired with Crane to poison Gotham's water supply with a toxin that would cause the inhabitants of the city to riot, destroying each other and Gotham itself.

There were cold spots and strange odours of scented perfume and excrement in certain areas of the house where there were no wind drafts or any piping whatsoever to explain a source. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy), who later becomes better known as the Scarecrow. This room had a profound effect on their dog, Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered away as if sensing something negative there. Two of his first foes come in the forms of Falcone and Dr. The room was referred to as “the red room”. Fox uses his job as lowly caretaker to grant Wayne secret access to various unused company prototypes for his own use which includes body armor that makes up the Batman costume and a prototype car that becomes the first Batmobile. This did not show up on the blue prints of the house. To that end, Wayne returns to Gotham and befriends an unjustly demoted senior company researcher, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), recruiting him as his armorer.

Kathy discovered a small hidden crawl space behind shelving in the basement, the walls painted red. Thus prepared, Wayne unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked superhero who uses his strength, intellect, and an array of high-tech gadgets to combat the sinister forces that threaten the city. Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force. Later, after leaving Ducard in a village to be cared for, Bruce contacts Alfred, who flies in to bring him home to Gotham. These details were later confirmed when they met with Ronald DeFeo’s defence attorney. Ra's is killed in the battle, but Wayne manages to save Ducard. Kathy would have vivid nightmares about the murders, and discovered which order the murders occurred and who was shot where. Wayne refuses to destroy the city he loves while vowing to fight evil his own way, and battles Ra's before making his escape.

Later it would be learned that it was the estimated time of death with the DeFeo murders. However, after his training, Ra's and Ducard tell Wayne that he must lead the League to destroy Gotham, a source of evil according to the group. George would wake up around 3.15am every morning and then would go out to check the boathouse. Traveling to the home of the League of Shadows in the Himalayas, Wayne learns to use theatrics and deception as his greatest weapons. They are part of a work of literature alleging supernatural events and have not been independently verified by impartial research. In jail he is approached by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) representing Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) of the League of Shadows, a group of fanatical assassins. This section contains allegations of events that support the contention that the house was actually haunted. He is later arrested and jailed by Chinese police for the theft of goods that, ironically, belong to Wayne Enterprises.

This section contains information that is a part of the public record separate from specific allegations of supernatural events which form the heart of the book and movies. After the fateful meeting, a disillusioned Wayne steals away on a cargo ship, and travels the world for a year, seeking the means to fight injustice and "turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.". Bruce becomes ashamed of himself and promptly goes to confront Falcone. When Rachel learns this, she explains the difference between vengeance and justice to Bruce, and then tells him that his father would be ashamed. Bruce Wayne was planning to kill him as well, but was robbed of the opportunity.

The killer is granted parole, but is murdered immediately after the hearing by a mob operative. Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) is now a Gotham City Assistant District Attorney. We cut to roughly 14 years later; now a young adult, Bruce (Christian Bale) has returned from Princeton University for the parole hearing of his parents' murderer which was arranged as part of a deal to testify against the crime boss Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson). After being comforted at the police station by police sergeant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and being told "good news" about the shooter, Joe Chill, being arrested, Bruce is taken home by family butler Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), who raises him in the absence of his parents.

Fatally wounded with a bullet in his chest, Thomas Wayne's last words to his son are, "Don't be afraid." Bruce is left physically unharmed, but in a state of total shock. The family exits into an alley where they are confronted by a mugger, who, despite the calm submission of Thomas, shoots both him and his wife. Bruce experiences a panic attack and begs his father to leave the theatre early. One night, the Waynes go to the opera where Bruce becomes scared at some of the dancers' portrayals of bat-like demons (from Mefistofele).

After his father, Thomas Wayne (Linus Roache), pulls him from the well, Bruce begins having nightmares about bats. A young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis), while playing with young Rachel Dawes (Emma Lockhart), falls down a well and is attacked by a flurry of bats. Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham City. .

It was a critical and financial success from most viewpoints. It more closely follows the darker psychological theme of the Batman comics and graphic novels. Although it is the fifth live-action Batman movie since 1989, the movie is neither a sequel nor a prequel to the previous Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher movies, but rather a complete revision or reboot of the series. Goyer.

The movie was first released on June 15, 2005, directed by Christopher Nolan, and written by Nolan and David S. Batman Begins (2005) is an American film based on the comic book character created by Bob Kane. Batman Begins links on Yahoo!. Batman Begins review by Graham Barnfield.

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Batman Begins at The Internet Movie Database. Batman Begins official web site. The scene where Batman escaped from Arkham Asylum using a flock of bats that he called from his cave using a sonic device was taken from Batman: Year One. Crane isn't here right now, but if you'd like to make an appointment..." is taken directly from the story "Fears" in the three-part series, Batman: Haunted Knight.

The line "Dr. This is a common alias the Joker uses in the comic books. Kerr. The evidence label on the bag reveals the name of the officer who discovered it: J.

The calling card the Joker leaves is a replica of the Joker card from the 1989 graphic novel Batman: Arkham Asylum. The driver was apparently drunk, and said he hit the car in a state of panic, thinking the vehicle to be an invading alien spacecraft. While shooting on the streets of Chicago, a man crashed his car into the Batmobile. On the set, costumed Christian Bale constantly had two people trailing him to keep the Batsuit smudge-free.

Anthony Hopkins was offered the role of Alfred, but declined. Chris Cooper turned down the role of James Gordon. Although Bale got the part, Gyllenhaal was co-writer Goyer's first choice, while Nolan enjoyed Cillian's audition so much that he cast him as The Scarecrow. A large number of actors auditioned for the lead role, including Henry Cavill, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joshua Jackson, Cillian Murphy, Hugh Dancy, Christian Bale, Guy Pearce, and Billy Crudup.

Whilst they end up becoming enemies, Batman and Ra's al Ghul both represent different (and admittedly contradicting) aspects of vigilantism: in Batman's case, a person or force that fights crime using methods outside of the law in order to uphold it rather than to undermine it, (bearing in mind that he would not need to exist were it not for the corruption and ineptitude of Gotham's police department); in the case of Ra's al Ghul, a form of unflinching, Machiavellian devotion to 'justice' based on the idea that all crime must be eradicated, rather than punished in the traditional sense, even using terrorist tactics to achieve said goals. At 140 minutes, Begins is the longest Batman film to date. [7]. Finally, there was a miniature version, which was around 6 feet long and able to fly for the scenes that required it except for the scenes where the car jumps and the scenes where the Batmobile enters the Batcave.

There was also a small electric motor that allowed the car to drive, which was necessary for the slow driving scenes. For the scenes that required the inside of the car to be filmed, there was another vehicle equipped with the hydraulics and decorations necessary to give the feeling of reality. Each of these cars cost around $250,000 to build. For the street scenes there were four Batmobiles, two of which being special in that one was the "flap version," with hydraulics and flaps for the close-ups when the car is flying, and the "jet version," with an actual jet engine mounted onto the back for the scenes where the jet was necessary.

The Batmobile is a working vehicle. He also played a crimelord in the 1989 Batman film. Chinese actor Vincent Wong plays a bit part, as an old prisoner in this film. The first letters of tracks 4 through 9 spell out "BATMAN.".

The track listings on the soundtrack are all named after different bat species. The word murciélago is Spanish for "bat.". In the movie, Bruce Wayne is shown arriving at a fancy hotel in a Lamborghini Murciélago. Christian Bale, the actor playing Batman, at one time auditioned for the role of Robin in Batman Forever before the role went to Chris O'Donnell.

The Ra's al Ghul decoy Bruce Wayne encounters at the party wears a green collar with a high cape, a reference to the comic version of Ra's. Director Christopher Nolan originally didn't want Jonathan Crane to wear a mask or be referred to as the Scarecrow. He also appears in a quick cameo in Arkham Asylum, when the patients are escaping. Ironically, the comics' version of Zsasz really is quite insane.

Rachel calls him on it and says Zsasz really isn't crazy. Crane declares Falcone hitman Zsasz insane as a favor for the mob boss. In the movie, Dr. This is made possible by Warner's ability to make its own films based on DC properties, and more tightly control the exposure of their "brands.".

Their plan is to release one critically and commercially successful film a year, as opposed to a slew of hit-and-miss pictures, with Bryan Singer's Superman Returns following in 2006, Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman in 2007 and Nolan's sequel to Begins in 2008. The film is the first part of DC Comics and Warner Bros.' intentions to compete with a mass of films based on Marvel Comics licences. passed. Before settling on Nolan to begin developing the project from scratch, Joss Whedon had pitched a smaller, character-oriented origin story, though ultimately Warner Bros.

ended production on Aronofsky and Miller's project, being dissatisfied with their take, which was focused as a revenge tale set in the 70s, reminiscent of films like Death Wish. Soon after Warner Bros. Superman in terms of the script and casting, eventually left to make Troy. Peterson, unable to make any progress with Batman vs.

A third project, a live action version of Batman Beyond, with Paul Dini and Alan Burnett hired for scripting duties, was also in development, though this project was terminated very early in the development process. Superman film, to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. began developing a Batman vs. Around the same time Warner Bros.

Though having no interest in bringing Schumaker back to the project, the "Year One" pitch piqued enough interest to remain in development, culminating with the hiring of Darren Aronofsky in 2000 to direct the feature, with him and Frank Miller co-writing. But less than a year after the failure of Batman and Robin Schumaker returned with a pitch to restart the franchise by writing and directing an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. still intended to revisit the franchise, but with a smaller film, emphasizing characters and especially Batman himself, as well as returning to the darker roots of the Burton films. Warner Bros.

to quickly squash development of this sequel. However, the poor critical and public reception of Batman and Robin led Warner Bros. Originally, Joel Schumacher was to direct the fifth Batman movie, titled Batman Triumphant, with George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell reprising their roles as the Dynamic Duo, with both Steve Buscemi and Jeff Goldblum considered to play The Scarecrow. Of the main cast of Batman, which takes place mostly in America, only Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Boone Junior are Americans.

The film was inspired by the graphic novels Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: The Man Who Falls, and Batman: Year One, in addition to comics from the 1970s era. Perhaps not coincidentally, Rutger Hauer, the actor who portrayed replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, was cast in Batman Begins as William Earle. Before production began, Christopher Nolan showed the entire production crew the film Blade Runner and told them he wanted his film to adopt its style. Nominated - Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer).

Nominated - Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture (Alex Wuttke, Pete Bebb, Dayne Cowan, Imery Watson) - For the Gotham City monorail chase. Nominated - Best Original Score (James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer). Nominated - Audience Award - International Film Award. Nominated - Audience Award - Best International Actor (Christian Bale).

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film (Cillian Murphy). Nominated - Summer 2005 Blockbuster. Nominated - Worst Supporting Actress (Katie Holmes). Nominated - Excellence in Costume Design for Film - Fantasy (Lindy Hemming).

Nominated - Best Sound (David Evans, Stefan Henrix, Peter Lindsay). Nominated - Best Production Design (Nathan Crowley). Nominated - Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Janek Sirrs, Dan Glass, Chris Corbould). Nominated - Excellence in Production Design Award (Nathan Crowley).

Nominated - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases (Wally Pfister). Nominated - Achievement in Cinematography (Wally Pfister). Tim Booth — Victor Zsasz. Delane.

Alexandra Bastedo — Mrs. Richard Brake — Joe Chill. Morgan Freeman — Lucius Fox. Thomas Wayne.

Linus Roache — Dr. Mark Boone Junior — Detective Flass. Ken Watanabe — Ra's al Ghul. Rutger Hauer — William Earle.

Tom Wilkinson — Carmine Falcone. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow. Cillian Murphy — Dr. James Gordon.

Gary Oldman — Lt. Katie Holmes — Rachel Dawes. Liam Neeson — Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul 2nd. Michael Caine — Alfred Pennyworth.

Christian Bale — Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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