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on February 17, 2017
I wouldn't write home about this film, but I collect so for me, it was a worthy purchase. Not a bad film, but then again...not as good as the original and most films aren't!
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on January 1, 2018
Good prequel to the Amityville Horror. Pretty decent portrayal of the original Defeo family, although I have no idea why the incest was thrown in there! Also, there was no mention of Sonny's drug abuse, just his being possessed. There were lots of scary parts, some of them were cheesy such as the scene with the priest being taken over by the demon. Overall I really liked this movie, though.
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on September 6, 2013
It is this pre-quel "Amityville II: The Possession" from 1982 that outclasses its original 1979's cheesy success. Producer Dino De Laurentiis was smart to hire Damiano Damiani to direct (this is his only Hollywood production) and Damiani wisely uses Franco DiGiacomo as director of photography and production designer Pierluigi Basile who effectively present along with Special Make-up by John Caglione, Jr. and special effects supervisor, Glen Robinson, a believable aura of evil that makes the entire film satisfying in itself. Tommy Lee Wallace based his script on the book, "Murder in Amityville" by Hans Holzer, a different book than what the 1979 film was based which was co-written by members of the Lutz family, who escaped from the house. The Holzer book and "Amityville II" is concerned with how the horrible murders that happened prior to the Lutz family's occupation of the house, and reasons for the evil that causes one member of the Montelli family to become possessed. The fact that the film dwells on the possession and some of its concerns rightly conjure up association with "The Exorcist" (as sometimes the oldest son, "Sonny" played by Jack Magner often looks like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" but Damiani relies on his make-up and special effects people who outwit these potentially deadly flaws in the script. Even the religious detail in the film seems well researched. One aspect unique about the film and demonic possession has the boy's defense in court use "demonic possession" and further heads down slippery avenues when the priest (played by top-billed James Olson) is given an attempt to exorcize the boy with unofficial "consent" from law enforcement. Burt Young, Rutanya Alda (who I have never before seen star in anything (she played "Caroline the maid" in "Mommie Dearest") are the parents and Diane Franklin effectively portrays the teen-age daughter, "Patricia." Damiani tastefully handles the incest aspect and the other abuses the family inflicts upon themselves making them qualifiers for the evil in the house and our sympathies. Lalo Schifrin (music) and Sam O'Steen (editor) are Hollywood pros on hand. The film can stand alone apart from the original or any other "Amityville." In Technicolor, the MGM disc is in full screen on one side, widescreen on the other and comes with a theatrical trailer. Definitely top-drawer given the original was not. These derivative aspects, like those of "The Exorcist," are skillfully handled. The Cadillac of "Amityville." Goes where other films never do, and never fails to deliver. An impressive achievement.
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VINE VOICEon April 13, 2009
This is one sick little horror movie. It plays out less like a haunted house film, and more like "The Exorcist"-Lite. In this film, we are introduced to the Montelli family, a family so messed up they make the mutant clan in "The Hills Have Eyes" look normal...and that is before the possession even begins. The loving father played by Burt Young in full "Paulie" mode from "Rocky" enjoys his cigars and drinks with a big old helping of abuse. He smacks just about everyone in a 10 yard radius of him throughout the film. You have the jeebus-freak Mom who manages to make almost every numbskull decision possible, all while hoping the local priest will come and bless this whole mess. You get a couple young kids thrown into the mix, which really gets disturbing as things play out on screen. And to top it off, you get a really odd pair of teens....who are close...I mean they get really close...as things unfold. What makes this truly disturbing it the fine acting job done by both Jack Magner as older brother Sonny, and Diane Franklin as sweet, but naive Patricia. As the story unfolds, you can't help but sucked into this sordid little slice of family life.
Of course, once the Possession begins, the family's only hope is the typical 1970's Hero-Priest, Father Adamsky. To be honest, I think the family would have been better off consulting a bag of doorknobs than this guy, who wants every "detail" of Patricia's sexual experience, and who decided to go camping with his "friend" in the middle of a parishoner's crisis?!
It may sound as though I hated this film. But that is far from the truth. I actually like this film better than the original. In all of it's twisted glory, "Amityville II" stays with you long after the credits roll at the end. Highly recommended for fans of 70's horror, plenty of atmosphere, decent special effects, and actually some really good acting carry this film along nicely.
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on August 6, 2016
Excitingly holds your interest from beginning to end. Very erryie film Good acting for a horror film.
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on January 5, 2018
Not as good as the first but a nice fallow up that is somewhat underrated.
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on December 31, 2017
very good movie.
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on January 4, 2018
good picture
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on November 5, 2016
A decent sequel but no way good as the first one
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on July 1, 2016
I like it well you
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