School's out and it's time to send the kids off to some backwoods lake where they can find true love (like in Moonrise Kingdom), fend for their lives (Friday the 13th), hang with the cool camp councilors (Hot Wet American Summer), or if they end up in Camp North Star from the film Meatballs (pictured), they might discover that it just. doesn't. matter.
Creating its terror without a monster or knife-wielding killer, The Amityville Horror exists at that slow-burn, ominous pace of other horror movies of the era, and arrived the same year as The Brood, Phantasm and Alien. Margot Kidder later said she laughed her way through what she considered a ridiculous movie, while Rod Steiger took the proceedings far more seriously.