Amityville : The Awakening (2017) Country:USA Director:Frank Khalfoun Main Stars:Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan
Storyline: A single mother and her family move into the old rumored haunted house. As time goes by the dark senses of the haunting start to affect their comatose son.
Review (Spoils): Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves her family into the once known around town haunted house. Hell, they even made a movie about it. As she moves her two young daughters (Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace) and her comatose son (Cameron Monaghan) into the house things start to become disgruntle and weird. The eldest daughter Belle tries her hardest to find out what is going on with the house, why her mother is a nutty bitch, the health of her twin brother and of course being mad at the world. As she makes new friends at school one of them has the actual Amityville Horror film and gives her ideas. Ugh…………..
Ok so let’s start with the good its not a remake and we have Bella Thorn who actual does look great as a goth chick. So that was the good.
The bad for this film is a few things but the main one is … dear mother of god why would you make a film that shows that the first film was just a fucking movie. This is the dumbest idea ever! Total slap to the face to the classic and the series. That alone looses a 6 pack of beer points! Number two the CGI was beyond cheap and lame. The film has minor blood but really nothing special for horror except the typical gun shots.
Rating: Was this film worse than the haunted lamp or clock? No, it was not but the cop out of the lets just watch the movie and figure out what is going on in your house is just beyond dumb! Luckily Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a great crazy mom and Bella Thorne looks amazing as a goth chick. (No really she does!) Other than that nothing much other stands out for this film in the series.
Main Stars: John Robins, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Rebekah Graf
Storyline: The story of Butch DeFeo and why he killed his family in that house.
Review (Spoils): The story is the tale of the first murders in the old Amityville house that everyone knows about. The story plays off is the murder Butch really nuts or was there something more sinister haunting the house that drove him to murder his whole family. Most of the film plays off building characters and driving the feeling into you hating the father more then anything and actually cheering for the killer. Even though killing everyone did not make total sense unless it was the evil of the house.
John Robins play the main character the eldest son Butch who never could be anything in his fathers’ eyes and he gets caught up in drugs and the occult a finally snaps that one night. Chelsea Ricketts plays the sister Dawn who is the smartest one and the biggest one with the connection to the occult. Both characters stand out and you actually feel for them. The third would be Paul Ben-Victor who you love to hate so that means he did well play the asshole.
We got the same story but more detail on what happened that dark night and why. Lots of blood, beatings, gun shots and some hauntings.
Rating: The Amityville series was always something that I never gave up on even though I should have when it came to haunting lamps, clocks and dollhouses. But the first three were not terrible. This film pays very good honor the series and to be honest should be watched if you are a fan of the originals. Plus, its got a nice little added touch at the end which makes it feel it all blends great together. Well done for that alone.
Main Stars: Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward
Storyline: Someone brings home a clock from the original house and the evil carries along with it.
Review (Spoils): Yes you read the storyline above right it is about the evil spirit being attached to a clock that was once in the haunted residence. The old clock arrives as a gift and the evil within it starts to unleash and unexplainable things start to happen. Wait……. did this kind of happen in the fourth film with a lamp? What’s the difference? This is one if kind of watchable believe it or not.
An old clock from the original house brings the bad luck with it and we some love triangles and a seer and we have another Amityville Horror film for the series. The acting is not bad in this film and some of the killing scenes are actually not bad. The storyline is wrapped around the word or term “Time” and it almost gives the film a Hellraiser series type feel.
Rating: Now is this a great film…hell no this series has not been good really since the second film. But it is waaaay better then the last two so for me this is a beer or two more just for taking the series out of the ditch again. Let’s just say it is different than the rest of the series….
Main Stars: Kim Coates, Dawna Wightman, Helen Hughes, Cassandra Gava
Storyline: A priest is killed and now the place where his belongs are is haunted.
Review (Spoils): A priest is murdered in a confession booth (wow that’s new) and his belongings get shacked up in a basement of a house. A group of people move into the same house not knowing that the stuff is located in the basement. Strange things start to happen to the people of the house such as sounds, ghost visions of a man and dog, nightmares, windows opening, blood in the water, shaking house and massive migraines but nobody moves out.
The acting is this film is beyond painful and man they didn’t even use the same house so really the connection of the series is lost. The plot is very lacking as you could be bored to death with this film. The finally 15 min. is ok but you are tortured the whole time to get there.
Rating: My god this series just needs to end. I personally thought the lamp in the previous was bad but I wrong this one that was done in Canada is worse!! Amityville Curse is the right title at least because this series is cursed to get worse and worse.
Storyline: A lamp from the haunted house of Long Island finds its way to California.
Review (Spoils): Yes you read the storyline right, you just can’t make this shit up. A lamp is holding the spirit of the demon from the old Amityville House. The lamp ends up at a yard sale where a young woman named Helen cuts herself on it. The animals fear the lamp and Helen becomes obsessed with the strange item. The haunting then begin as people see ghosts in the mirrors and then a young girl named Jessica talking to her dead father in the lamp.
We have fingers cuts, some blood, a terrifying lamp that turns itself on and off (even when unplugged….ohhh the horror!), flies, bleeding walls, stabbings, axe swinging and some nice exploding lamp. A lot of lamp and just silliness for this made for TV film.
Rating: Not sure why the writer thought this was great idea. To me this is just cash in on the series name and hell what’s cheaper than a lamp for special effects? The series does not get any better after this one either.
Main Stars: Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin
Storyline: A reporter moves into classic the haunted house and supernatural events happen including the demon that lurks in the basement.
Review (Spoils): A man named John (Tony Roberts) moves into the classic haunted located on Long Island. He does not listen to anyone who report strange things with the house. His daughter and her friend play with a Ouija board and then she dies in a boat accident but people still see her in the house. They get some paranormal help to find out on the events and sightings that are located in the house. John finally decides to get paranormal investigators to help and they work their way to the basement the demon shows itself and Hell freezes over and the house crumbles into the ground.
We have heart attacks, corpses, car wrecks, Ouija board action, haunting basement well dreams, burning fire and a goofy fake looking demon.
Rating: Nothing overly exciting about this part of the series really. A lot of nonsense and we get to see Meg Ryan in her younger years. The special effects are lame and the whole well bit is just the first of number or wrong this series heads into later on.
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.
Storyline: A newlywed family buy their first home and got a deal as someone was murdered in the house in the past. What they did not know is the house is massively haunted by a demonic ghost.
Review(Spoils): “There’s nothing like it on the market. Not at this price.” No shit! This house is messed up! This is one of the most classic haunted house films out there and it deserves some respect. We have George Lutz (James Brolin) who is new to the family game and just to add to his stress he just bought a possessed house.He has his young new wife Kathy (Margot Kidder) who wants nothing more but the normal happy family. The acting both is well done for what the characters are supposed to represent. James Brolin does a great job playing the stressed out on the edge nothing is going my way husband.Too bad the bratty kids are a pain in the ass!
Now to talk about the house itself, the look of the house was very well done and the front windows (which look like eyes) will forever stay in the books of horror when it comes to haunted houses. We have classic horror scenes like bleeding walls, slamming doors and windows, cold drafts and spooky glowing eyes in the windows at night; this movie has the entire fine haunting decor.
Rating: There are some flaws in the film yes and the corniness of the psychic is blah….but over all this film is a classic haunted house story. So remember to “Get out!”