When a Stranger Calls (1979)
Director: Fred Walton
Main Stars: Carol Kane, Charles During, Rutanya Alda
Storyline: A babysitter gets terrorized by a stalking killer.
Review (Spoils): Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is babysitting one night and she keeps getting weird phones calls “Have you checked the children?” She calls in the police in a panic and through their tracing of the phone line they narrow it down that the caller is in the house. Jill does escape but the children were murdered upstairs and the killer gets put away.
Seven years later the killer escapes and now tracks down Jill and starts the torment again but this time with her own children. This whole idea is classic when it comes to horror films but unfortunately all the good stuff is all in the first half of the film and then it all falls flat. It’s too bad as the beginning of the film is great and actually chilling.
Rating: You can’t really get more classic babysitting horror then this film as this is where it all began but it is almost becomes unbearable after that. Grab some beers, sit alone, throw some kids in bed upstairs and at least get the beginning in.. as this is a classic.
Amityville Horror 2 (1982)
Director: Damiano Damiani
Main Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner, Diane Franklin
Storyline: An Italian –American family move into the old Amityville house and the oldest son becomes possessed by an evil spirit. The family is in danger and a priest tries to have the young man’s soul.
Review (Spoils): The Montelli family move into the old Amityville house, they had family issues before they did and now they really do. The whole point of the film is the Sunny (Jack Magner) the eldest son gets possessed and becomes a bigger badass (not as big of ass as his father) then he already was. He tries to kill his family, sleep with his sister Patricia (Diane Franklin) and somewhere in there he becomes a version of The Exorcist. The last part of the film is a rip off of The Exorcist and it can be painful how bad Father Adamsky (James Olson) is for a priest. Sure we have some cool blood in the holy water, a massive basement mess and a creepy incest scene but the acting is horrible. The film itself is not terrible but some of storyline went one direction and it never came back to the actual house. The movie worked too much on the possession instead of the house and it lost some its Amityville charm because of it. Yes in the first film George became possessed also but they did not just focus on that.
Rating: This film is not bad, you want bad keep watching this series but its falls away from what made Amityville…Amityville. When we think of it we think of the house not the demon that is in the house traveling. This movie is interesting (if you can get past the acting) but it fell off the Amityville rails and ended up being a The Exorcist rip off.