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[Construction] The Amityville Horror
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:53:34 PM »
Houses don't kill people... right?

I am giving away The Amityville Horror House!
Please message me either on the forums as a PM, use the shoutbox, or send a message on xbox live. If you do not plan on using it as a haunted house, it will still look very nice as a Dutch Colonial Style dwelling for your avatars!

The Story

In the early morning of November 13, 1974, police responded to a domestic disturbance dispatch in the quiet town of Amityville, New York. Upon entering the house at 112 Ocean Avenue, they discovered a gruesome scene: six dead, killed with a shotgun in their own beds. Among them a couple and their four children.
The suspect: the sole surviving son, Ron Defeo Jr. 

He was taken into police custody, and confessed to the murders. During his trial he claimed to have been possessed by a demonic entity, which forced him to kill his family outside of his own will. On another occasion, he states that the demon possessed his sister Dawn, killing her three siblings and parents, and Ron killed her in vengeance.
Ron was nevertheless convicted of six counts of second degree murder, and was given six consecutive life sentences.

Fast forward a year later, the Lutz family purchases their dream house. George and Kathy Lutz, along with their three children Missy, Daniel, and Christopher, are eager to start a new life in a new town. Due to the house being vacant for almost thirteen months and the previous murders, the listed price was a bargain that the Lutzes couldn't pass up.

For twenty-eight days, the Lutz family lived there. By the last day, they were running for their lives. Here is a list of some of the paranormal experiences they encountered.

- The local pastor Father Delaney came to bless the house. When he tried to bless it, the holy water started to hiss and boil, and hundreds of flies flooded the room.
- Missy started talking to an imaginary friend named Jodie. Jodie would turn out to be a demonic pig monster with glowing red eyes.
- George would wake up around 3:15am every morning. It was the estimated time of the DeFeo killings.
- George and Kathy saw a demon's face appear in the fireplace flames before their eyes.
- At one point George walked outside one morning and saw Missy standing at the window. A demon was standing behind her. As George raced upstairs to her bedroom, he found her fast asleep and the rocking chair swinging back and forth.
- Kathy would wake up with scratch marks and welts, and at one point was levitated in the air at night.
- Cloven hoofprints were found in the snow on New Years Day 1976.
- One night when Kathy was tucking in Missy, Missy exclaimed that she scared Jodie away out the window. When Kathy approached the window, she could see two red glowing eyes staring back at her from the darkness of the night.
- Daniel and Christopher's window in their bedroom would abruptly slam shut on its own.
- George began to behave more and more irritable, and bore and extremely close resemblance to Ron Defeo Jr. He started drinking at the same bar Ron was a local at, and Kathy had nightmares of him murdering their children in their sleep.
- George described one encounter where Kathy transformed into a disfigured elderly woman with her flesh sagging off her face, and her rotten teeth protruding out from her cheeks.
- George discovered a hidden room underneath the stairs of their basement. The room was blood red, and was supposedly the passage to hell where the demons poured forth into their house.

Picture 1:All is not quiet in Amityville...
Picture 2: The Red Room in their Basement

On the final night, it was Hell on Earth for the Lutz family. Doors and windows were slamming, thunder and lightning were howling, slime ooze pouring from the ventilation, blood dripping down the stairs and walls, and a loud evil voice yelling "GET OUT!!!"
The Lutz family peeled out of their driveway and never returned to the house. They would send for movers to retrieve their belongings for them.

In September 1977, fiction novelist Jay Anson published a book documenting the Lutz family's encounter with the paranormal, dubbed The Amityville Horror. Working under the assumption that it was based on a true story, it was an instant hit.

By 1979, the first of eleven films were created based on The Amityville Horror. It was an unexpected box office smash hit, grossing over $86 million (one of the highest at that time). James Brolin, who played George Lutz, was given 10% of the revenue due to taking less money upfront. When the movie generated an unexpected amount of success, he was awarded over $17 million for his role. To put this is perspective, that would have been $55 million today. Harrison Ford was only awarded up to $20 million for his Star Wars The Force Awakens role....

The Controversy

Many skeptics caught wind of The Amityville Horror, particularly Jay Anson's novel. There were several inconsistencies and eyewitness accounts that plagued the Lutz family's story. Thrown in the mix were impending lawsuits filed by both the publishing studio and the Lutz family themselves, who all accused each other of defamation.

The director and producers of The Amityville Horror (1979) have gone on record to say that their film was entirely fabricated. They claimed that their purpose was to make it as scary and suspenseful as possible, so whether or not anything in the film is true cannot be deduced as real evidence. Since they purposely exaggerated accounts from the novel.

Jay Anson died a few years after writing The Amityville Horror novel, and mostly dodged skeptic's questions. He oddly brushed off their inquisition with "I am a fiction writer.", which seems to be the most damning evidence as to whether his story is true.

Broken down here are facts that contradict the "truth" of the Lutz family's story:

- The National Weather Center reported no snow on New Years Day 1976, denying any possibility of cloven footprints being found in the snow.
- The "glowing red eyes" was supposedly the neighbor's cat, whom had distinctly colored eyes that glowed when a light was shown on it.
- Neighbors to the Lutz family never reported any suspicious activity in the house. They claimed they would hear George and Kathy fighting and arguing over money quite often.
- Father Delaney, when interrogated by critics, gave inconsistent accounts of his visit to the house. On one occasion, he stated that he never even visited the house.
- After the house was sold in March 1977, the house inspection noted no interior damage consistent with the "Hell on Earth" descriptions in the novel.
- The Red Room was noted on the blueprints of the house. So it was not hidden or concealed in any way. George claimed that the Red Room contained the bones of Native American Indians whom were sacrificed for blood rituals. The local Native American tribes report no such history of being present in that location, nor to have ever done such acts.
- Ron Defeo Jr. frequented a different bar than the one claimed in the novel.
- The Lutz family fled their house on the twenty-eight night, leaving all of their possessions behind save for the ones the movers picked up a few days later. When the camera crew came in March to film a documentary surrounding the novel, they found everything nice and neat in their place. No oozing vents or stained blood, no smashed doors or windows, no presence of demonic activity.

The Lutz family was made out to be crafty con artists, wooing America with their false ghost story to gain financial wealth.

However, some evidence still remains, shrouding the mystery in more enigmas:

- George and Kathy both took a polygraph test after being questioned about the truth of the events. They both showed no signs of lying.
- When the bodies of the Defeos were found, they were lying on their stomachs. None of the six victims appeared to have even attempted to escape their fate. Sources suggest some unforeseen force held them down while Ron killed them.
- None of the neighbors heard gunshots when the DeFeos were killed. The weapon of choice, a .35 caiber rifle, would have definitely been heard.
- Some critics claimed that the story was fabricated to escape their bank loans on a bad house. However, the Lutz family paid the mortgage up until it was sold in 1978, so they were still able to balance their finances despite not even living in the house they were paying for.
- When the film crew came in March of the following year of the book, they set up a stationary camera in the hallway on the second floor. When the camera crew developed the time lapse, they found a picture of a boy leaning on the railing. It is one of the most famous paranormal pictures to date.

Today, the 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville New York house still exists, but has been extensively renovated. The outside has been completely redone to stop would-be ghost enthusiasts from taking pictures of it. The infamous quarter-round windows on the third floor have been removed in place of plantation shutters. The house has also had a change of address to 412 Ocean Avenue.

Picture 1: 112 Ocean Avenue in 1976
Picture 2: 412 Ocean Avenue as it is today

Renovations for the 1979 film home in New Jersey, and the 2005 remake one in Wisconson, have both been remodeled for the same reason.

The town of Amityville has not been happy with the publicity either. Their historical site makes no mention of the Amityville Horror, and has forbade film crews numerous times from filming the house.
At present, none of the successive owners have reported any paranormal activity in the house.

Building and Filming the Lutz's Dream House

I started off by creating the exterior. I fashioned it as a blend of the current house's model and the 1979 version. Bevel siding was made by upside down stairs, and the cylinder texture gave it a nice 70s look.
I gave the house a remote location, contrary to the acutal house which sits on a narrow lot along the river, with neighbors about fifty feet from each other. The remote location fueled a more suspenseful atmosphere, as was also the design choices of the 1979 and 2005 movies.

The interior was a pain to create. While the exterior was done in under an hour, the interior took a good two weeks to finish. I tried to keep it as close to the original layout as possible. Even going so far as to pull up blueprints of the house on the Amityville Horror's website.

Picture 1: A changed layout of the property from the original.
Picture 2: Missy's bedroom, with the rocking chair...

After finishing the property, work was done on the special effects in the video. I set up a seperate map specifically for effects.

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Bloody stairs and Children's Bedroom shotgun blast scenes. I set up some particle blocks on circuitry to get the desired effect.

Above: from left to right: Custom avatars created for the film. Pastor with his eyes closed holding a cross, Short Hole Face Jodie, Normal Height Hole Face Jodie, Red Scary Eyes Jodie, and George Lutz holding hatchet.
Below: custom designs of George in a sitting position, able to sit in a chair to watch some old timey footge ;)

One can see the textured wood flooring used for the particle effect for boiling holy water. It is activated by circuitry to power the particles. Also one can see the enlarged version of the "dial tone" phone off the hook, and iterations of the 3:15am alarm clock.

The designs for the characters were inspired from several sources. The pastor was to closely resemble the one in the 2005 Amityville Horror trailer.
Jodie is a conglomerate of several. She was taken from a Girl NPC, then changed to bone and grey for the ghostly look. Her outfit was fused to make it more like a dress, and her hair dyed dark brown.

Scary Red Eyed Jodie was created first. At first she had slanted alien eyes that didn't look menacing at all, but I tweaked it enough to be something truly frightening. As the Sea Captain says in The Simpsons, "Yarr, that'll replace -the whale- in my nightmares!"

Hole Face Jodie is a more developed version of Scary Red Eyes Jodie. I flattened and covered her entire face with bone, then began to construct the most unsettling thing I could imagine. She is an inspiration from the TV show Paranormal Witness Season 1 Episode 1 "The Lost Girl". That particular episode gave me the creeps, particularly when they pull up next to a girl dressed in white on the side of the road crying. When she turns to face them, she has a hole in her face as if there was nothing there.
Quite unsettling, which was the perfect backdrop for my Hole Face Jodie.

As for actual filming, it was quite the challenge. I started off by using The Amityville Horror (2005) trailer audio for my base, since it had a lot of creepier sounds than the 1979 version. I then interjected pieces of the 1979 narrator's voice into the audio (where the voice says "It has stood empty for a long while" and "For a growing young family, it is almost too good to be true."), as well as placed a sound clip from when they break into the Red Room, and the clairvoyant starts yelling "The Passage... to HELL!"

Overall, about 30GB of raw footage was taken to complete the project, a majority of it being B-roll footage of me flying around the map in different settings (exterior house shots daytime/nightime, interior shots daytime/nightime, and walking around with a torch in hand nightime).

If you have any specific scenes you want me to explain how I created them, feel free to post below. There are only three places in the film that weren't created in game (excluding intro and credits), so everything you see is very doable in Total Miner.
The SkyColor [0,0,255] script is your friend..... a very powerful tool. It's what got my car to move, and my scary demons to walk....

A huge shoutout to Ugh ThatZ NaZty, CrusadorZach777, CaughtJungle36, and Raptors 18 for their help being my stand ins for avatars! I definitely couldn't have finished the project without their support and dedication.

Ten points for Gryffindor for whoever can spot the Deputy Hippo, the Riddler, and the Joker in the video

112 Ocean Avenue Floor Plans
Some information behind The Amityville Horror House
Paranormal Witness Episode 1 Season 1 "The Lost Girl" Synopsis with Hole Face Girl
« Last Edit: January 01, 2017, 02:22:44 PM by Dauntless395 »
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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 01:42:29 AM »
This looks absolutely incredible! Beautifully well made. I still want to learn how to use particles that well lol
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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 02:00:28 AM »
This is, by far, one of the five best recreation maps I've seen.

Just as well, the cinematic is TGE BEST piece of "film" I've seen regarding Total Miner. If it was up to me, you'd get an award.

I'm in awe. This was breathtaking. I can say I'd genuinely watch the entire Total Miner version of the movie.
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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2016, 02:23:56 AM »
This is, by far, one of the five best recreation maps I've seen.

Just as well, the cinematic is TGE BEST piece of "film" I've seen regarding Total Miner. If it was up to me, you'd get an award.

I'm in awe. This was breathtaking. I can say I'd genuinely watch the entire Total Miner version of the movie.
Lol, he did get an award for it. ;)

And seriously Daunt, amazing work on all of this!

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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2016, 02:26:58 AM »
Ah so this is the topic you were making all of yesterday! Looks like it's gonna be one of the best, if not the best horror maps on Total Miner.
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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2016, 07:28:26 AM »
I promise like your other topics I'll read it all eventually.  Very nice work man.


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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 08:37:43 AM »
Wow. That was a lot to take in. Very cool for you to make that house.
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Re: The Amityville Horror
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2016, 06:01:35 PM »
This is, by far, one of the five best recreation maps I've seen.

Just as well, the cinematic is TGE BEST piece of "film" I've seen regarding Total Miner. If it was up to me, you'd get an award.

I'm in awe. This was breathtaking. I can say I'd genuinely watch the entire Total Miner version of the movie.
Lol, he did get an award for it. ;)

And seriously Daunt, amazing work on all of this!
That's awesome! I'm glad! I love it!
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