The trend in remaking 70s horror has been one of beautification, like reclaiming a neglected park except for movies where people get stabbed. Sometimes, it can help by making the movie more accessible. Sometimes, it paints over the gritty or moody, evocative stuff that was the most effect part of the film in the first place. The latter is the fate of the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror. Ryan Reynolds and two girls from Alias (Melissa George – who is probably more known these days as a Grey’s Anatomy guest star or as James T. Kirk’s mother (wanting to believe Melissa George was in Trek 09 does not make it so; as Bill wisely points out in the comments, mama Kirk is actually Jennifer “House” Morrison)- and Rachel Nichols – now better known as Scarlett from last summer’s G.I. Joe or Uhura’s hot Orion girl roommate) star in a highly polished and unfun snoozefest that manages to keep the barebones summary of the original but ditches all of the tension and creeping fear, both because of the limited range of the actors involved and the high-gloss polish on what should be a creepy locale.