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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Island Iced Terror
This wonderful, underrated haunted house/ghost story has been lost to time owing to the fact that it is a. a (second) sequel, b. a sequel in a not very good film series (based on supposedly true events that everyone always pretty well knew weren't true at all), and c. a gimmick movie. But it's much better than that, and deserves a fresh look.
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Published on June 3, 2002 by Bruce Rux

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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the third dimension...but still OK DVD
The title of the film is AMITYVILLE 3-D, but you won't find the third dimension on this DVD. Released theatrically in polarized (clear glasses) 3-D back in 1983, the US DVD is presented in flat format only.

At least the disc restores the film to the correct 2:35 to 1 widescreen ratio, and a teaser trailer I'd never seen before is included too.

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Published on March 24, 2005 by S. Phillips


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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the third dimension...but still OK DVD, March 24, 2005
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S. Phillips (Las Vegas, NV United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Amityville 3-D (DVD)
The title of the film is AMITYVILLE 3-D, but you won't find the third dimension on this DVD. Released theatrically in polarized (clear glasses) 3-D back in 1983, the US DVD is presented in flat format only.

At least the disc restores the film to the correct 2:35 to 1 widescreen ratio, and a teaser trailer I'd never seen before is included too.

They COULD and SHOULD have included a field sequential 3-D version (for use with LCD shutter glasses) on the DVD as well as the modified flat print. That would at least approximate the theatrical experience at home. It's easily done, even a low budget film like THE CREEPS is now available in that format!

Don't be sorry they didn't include a terrible red/blue anaglyph conversion like they did on the recent British DVD release; that looks awful and nothing like the original 3-D anyway. Better to watch it flat than in the inferior anaglyph form.

Buy the box set; you'll also get parts one and two and a disc of documentaries, plus a ticket to see the new Amityville remake.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Home (un)Improvement, October 26, 2004
This review is from: Amityville 3-D [VHS] (VHS Tape)
You ever want to have a little Halloween cheer, but you're absolutely pressed to get the house tidied up, or wash dishes, or do taxes? At ease, my friend: you've found the right horror flick in "Amityville 3 in 3-D", occasionally subtitled "The Demon". If you've pressed on through the series, then you may as well don your battle armor and go hand-to-claw with the vicious undead, if only to see a very young Meg Ryan with a ouija board.

This half-hearted 1983 follow-up to its degenerate 1982 predecessor isn't half the monster "Amityville 2" is, but it's amusing if you're drunk or bored or busy, and it will put you in the Halloween spirit, guaranteed---and unlike "Amityville 2", it won't make you feel guilty for watching it afterward. Numero 3 in the trilogy of the nasty Long Island real-estate bargain introduces us to ghost-buster John Baxter (played by Woody Allen regular Tony Roberts, who plays along but still seems baffled to be here), who picks up that wicked colonial by the sea for a song after busting a fraudulent seance-ring (yeah, they were grasping by the time #3 came along). Despite the misgivings of colleague and sometime sweetie Melanie (Candy Clark, who lends dignity to the proceedings), Baxter buys the house lock stock & smoking barrel, despite the fact that the over-eager real estate agent dies soon after the deal is consummated, evidently from fly asphyxiation. Hey, if it's a steal on the East Coast---with a boat dock and a pool house, by God----you've gotta move on it!

Surprisingly, soon after demonic possession and other creepy shenanigans ensue, with innocent daughter Susan (Lori Laughlin, a bore but doing what she was paid to do) paying the price and a very young Meg Ryan (Lisa) getting to enjoy the ride. Will you enjoy it? If you're easily amused (like I am) and can be bribed with a bug-eyed gollum-esque demon, a nasty incineration death, and a spooky well/porthole-to-hell, then you'll be in good hands. And let's face it: director Richard Fleischer is an old Hollywood hand, a steely-eyed veteran director, who knows what he's doing---for Crom's sake, he directed "Soylent Green", "Doctor Dolittle", and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"---this guy is the Winston Churchill of Directors! Trust him! Ultimately, though, Fleischer was in his autumn years, and after this flick he was lucky to helm "Red Sonja" and "Conan the Destroyer". I'm not kidding.

When it comes right down to it, where the rubber meets the road, "Amityville 3: The Demon" is a decent little horror movie, and will certainly occupy you (occasionally) while you double check the tax forms. Best of all, you can go on a munchies run and not miss much. Ah true, there's a ghoulish, shivery little sequence where Tony Roberts dreams his daughter is confined as a demonic mermaid in the well beneath the house, and that's shivery---truly, nightmarishly shivery. And did I mention "Amityville 3" is a shameless rip-off, particularly when it comes to lighting, of the far superior "Poltergeist"? If you know these things going in, though, you should enjoy yourself.

And more than anything, you'll know this: if the real estate agent promises something that sounds too good to be true, it's probably demon-possessed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Island Iced Terror, June 3, 2002
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This review is from: Amityville 3-D [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This wonderful, underrated haunted house/ghost story has been lost to time owing to the fact that it is a. a (second) sequel, b. a sequel in a not very good film series (based on supposedly true events that everyone always pretty well knew weren't true at all), and c. a gimmick movie. But it's much better than that, and deserves a fresh look.
Supernatural debunker Tony Roberts and his girlfriend Candy Clark, who run a magazine devoted to exposing charlatanry, obtain the notorious haunted Amityville house. Roberts refuses to recognize signs of genuine paranormal activity going on around them, but accedes to having scientific ghost phenomena researcher Robert Joy give the house a going-over after two of his loved ones die and a third loses her mind because of the house.
The production on this movie is really top-notch. It has very little jump-out-of-the-dark scare in it, more in the slow and sensually horrific mode. Though the finale goes a little over the top, virtually the entire film is handled like an adult version of Tobe Hooper's more childish Poltergeist. The supernatural phenomena are relatively realistic, for the most part. People hallucinate; they have accidents; voices are heard, or things are seen, but there is no obvious attribution to anything supernatural or demonic - the phenomena simply are, that's all, and some people don't handle them well and end up coming to harm. And yet, there is an underpinning of evil to the entire proceedings that is quite effectively realized.
The cast are all terrific. Tess Harper is Roberts' estranged ex-wife, who loses her marbles - quite convincingly - as a result of her exposure to phenomena in the house. Lori Loughlin is their adorable daughter, whose best friend is a young and racy Meg Ryan. Veteran director Richard Fleischer keeps things moving nicely, without ever sacrificing the rich atmosphere.
The 3-D effects actually don't "fall flat," so to speak, in 2-D - they still communicate pretty well, with clever camerawork that creates illusions of perspective in creepy fashion. The music score and cinematography are perfect - the film has a dark look and feel, and the score is slow, low and eerie.
All in all - though with occasional lapses - a haunted house movie for the thinking adults. Well worth a watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amityville III: The Demon (aka Amityville 3-D) (1983), August 1, 2006
This review is from: Amityville 3-D (DVD)
In 1983, AMITYVILLE III: THE DEMON (aka AMITYVILLE 3-D) came our way as the third rendevous in the whole AMITYVILLE franchise. Now, the first two films were based on the actual events of the Amityville murders. This film is, indeed, a sequel, but the events that go on in this film, are ficticious. This film was not as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed this film to a rather good extent, but I wish it had been more terrifyingly scary, as the first two had been.

Ignoring the house's sinister evil past, JOHN BAXTER (played by Tony Roberts) unwittingly buys the Amityville house on 112 Ocean Ave., after being divorced from his b*tch of a wife, NANCY (played by Tess Harper). John has bought this house for the solitude he needs in order to write his first novel. John also has another profession, dealing with supernatural investigation. His partner in that business is MELANIE (played by Candy Clark). One afternoon, Melanie heads over to the house to meet John there, but she has an encounter with the house's evil, where she runs out of the house, after John arrives. He talks to her about it, but he can get out of her is that she knows there's something in that house that is pure evil.

John's beautiful daughter, SUSAN (played by Lori Loughlin), and her friend, LISA (played by a young Meg Ryan), go into the house and look around, where Lisa tells Susan about the DeFeo's, who murdered by their oldest son, Ronald. They head into the basement, and find a well, where the evil is contained. As they look at the well, while talking about the murders, they begin hearing footsteps right above them and over to the basement stairs. The footsteps belong to John. The girls are relieved.

That night, Melanie leaves the house and heads on home, but on her way, Melanie is locked in her car, where she suddenly catches on fire, and burns to death. Coincidentally, the man who sold John the house, had also been killed, but a sworm of flies. Seems as though, whoever comes in contact with John and the house, ends up with a brutal demise.

The next afternoon, Susan, Lisa, and their friends, head over to the house. They hold a seance, where they ask if there is anybody in danger. The cup moves towards "Yes". They ask who it is that is in danger. The cup begins to spell out Susan's name. The drop the seance and head out into a boat (since the house is by a river). Nancy arrives at the house, knowing Susan is there. As she enters the hosue, Susan comes into the house, soaked from head to toe. Nancy tries to get Susan's attention, but Susan will not answer. She only turns to her mother once, smiles, and then heads up to her room. She tries to get Susan to unlock the door, be she won't open the door. At that moment, John drives up with a couple bags of groceries. He finds Lisa and her friends pulling someone out of the water. He runs over and finds that is...Susan being pulled out of the water. Susan had mysteriously fallen out of the boat and into the water and drowned. What Nancy saw was Susan's ghost, which is now being taken over by the house's evil. Nancy refuses to believe all this, which is her reason for not going to her own daughter's funeral.

John knows something is in the house. He has his team of supernatural investigators come to the house and set up. The team is lead by ELLIOT WEST (played by Robert Joy). They find that the evil is in the well, located in the basement. Nancy is in Susan's room, where she hears Susan's voice, where a blue figure appears, and leads Nancy down into the basement. The evil comes out and pretty much kills off everybody in the house, except for John and Nancy, who escape the house, safely, where the house then explodes.

This was not the best and scariest installment to the whole series, but there are five other films to be included in this whol franchise. I won't lie to you, this film was not that great, but it certainly was not bad, either. You should definitely check it out.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre and hum-drum, June 1, 2005
This review is from: Amityville 3-D (DVD)
At the time this movie was made it was probably a great gimmick to release the third film in the series in 3-D (as with Jaws 3 and Friday the 13th Part 3). Also in order to make the film more 'kid-friendly', the producers shot for a PG rating totally going against the well earned R of the second film. Ok ok thats fine. I can live with the 3-D and the PG rating, but what about the film. The film itself is the real problem as it is so hum drum and mediocre. The story has a reporter who is stubborn and "refused to believe the stories" and buys the historic haunted house. Everyone else sees the spooks except him and predictable outcomes occur. The plot is just tame and predictable. There are many sub-plots that don't work too hot either, like that re-occuring "demon" thing. A lady developes a picture to find a "demon" head in it and the same demon comes out of a demonic well at the end. With the stale story and limp directing, its no wonder Amityville 3-D put the final nail in the coffin for further Amityville films not to be released theatrically.

What I found curious is that the MGM box set I got this film in states on the bottom of the box in tiny writting that "This is not a sequel to The Amityville Horror or Amityville II: The Possession". Urghh? Uh, yes it is. Just cause its the first not be based on a 'true' story doesn't make it not a sequel. It even mentions the events of the first films! Amityville 3-D was released overseas as Amityville III: The Demon and it was followed by Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes. Sounds like a sequel in my book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three for three..., September 13, 2008
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This review is from: Amityville 3-D (DVD)
This film often resembles Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist". That movie preceded this one by a year or so, so the "Amityville" filmmakers could have been plagiarizing to a degree. However, Amityville 3-D, despite its flaws, still has enough fuel to forge ahead given that the Amityville story continues to astound the motion picture public.

This movie is mostly noteworthy for the mere fact that it features Meg Ryan in one of her earliest film roles. Otherwise, you have to go beyond the director's cheesy attempts to startle an 80's 3-D viewing public. (The DVD of the film is 3-D in title alone.) It has a few surprises, so it's worth watching if you have a free afternoon. Otherwise, this is largely considered the first in a long line of unnecessary sequels to the Amityville franchise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amityville 3(3D), September 21, 2010
This review is from: Amityville 3-D (DVD)
My beef isn't with it not being "3D" but with how boring and awful it is,the only spooks you get is scattered, You got this guy who is a "Skeptic" well needless to say so much for him being a skeptic and gets what he deserves for being so dumb,naive and stubborn or "skeptic". (In the movie of course), Lori Loughlin(Full House), An ever Annoying as Always Meg Ryan(Why couldn't she die in the movie?) and apparently a hot well/fountain in the basement. You want scares Try part 1 with Uber-Liberal Pansy and Stressiand Bum James Brolin and Part 2 With Burt Young(Convoy,Pig Pen) all the other movies after really are a disservice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic B movie is enjoyably fun!, September 23, 2001
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Jerry Beaudin (Tecumseh, ON Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Amityville 3-D [VHS] (VHS Tape)
First off, a note to the studio. AMITYVILLE 3 is in MAJOR need of a new DVD transfer. The old VHS is grainy, faded, blurry, and the colors dull. But that aside, AMITYVILLE 3-D (also known as AMITYVILLE 3: THE DEMON) is a fun B movie with moments of camp and some moments of chills. No longer taking the premise seriously, the filmmakers decided to make this sequel more fun. The 3-D effects are now laughable, but luckily the house itself is still interesting enough to keep viewers on the edge of their seat. The characters are average, nothing special, but thanks to a creepy atmosphere and some neat setpieces, AMITYVILLE 3-D is a treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 9, 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars felt decieved, September 16, 2012
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The only thing about this movie that is 3D is the name,, I thought I was getting a 3D movie,, very disappointed that is not what I received
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