PETRON guard Chris Lutz may not be aware of it, but for hardcore fans of horror movies and books, his family name is considered iconic.
Mere mention of the Lutz family – especially at this time of the year – brings to mind the terrifying story of the 'Amityville Horror,' a controversial true story of paranormal phenomena that took place in 1975 and was made into a best-selling novel by Jay Anson in 1977, and later on turned into a blockbuster movie starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and the late Academy Award winner Rod Steiger.
It tells the story of George and Kathy Lutz who, together with their children, moved into a house on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. A year before they moved in, a mass murder was committed in the same house.
Lutz, the player, admitted he knows little about the novel and the movie, both of which produced a series of sequels that made Amityville Horror one of the most successful horror story franchises of all time.
Nor is he related to anyone of those involved in the narrative that later became the subject of a series of lawsuits and disputes, Lutz swore.
“I’m not related to any of them. Not at all,” said Lutz, who was born in Illinois, 10 years after the Amityville incident occurred.
Although not too familiar with the story, Lutz said there are some people who had actually asked him about it before.
“Somebody actually brought that up, but I don’t really know the story behind it,” the sophomore guard added.
When told that the story has become the most `popular haunting accounts in American folklore’ that has spawned 10 films and five book sequels, Lutz’s eyes readily lit up.
“If I have known about it, I probably could have gotten some money out of it,” he joked.