aka Amityville 2, Amityville 2 – The Possession
105 min., 1982
Written by Tommy Lee Wallace
Directed by Damiano Damiani
My rating: ★
Sequel? Prequel? I don’t know, but I know it sucks!
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Our movie begins with a new family, the Montellis, moving into the famous house. You have the father and wife, Anthony (Burt Young) and Dolores (Rutanya Alda) and their kids, Sonny (Jack Magner), Patricia (Diane Franklin), Mark (Brent Katz) and Jan (Erika Katz). They are in the house for about five minutes when some strange things start to happen and are found. Stuff like blood coming from the sink and all the windows being nailed shut. Sonny starts to act really strange, almost like he’s possessed (oooh!), and Anthony is starting to get even more aggressive with the kids than he was before. After a little more time goes by Sonny’s skin starts to bubble and his face starts to distort, and let’s not forget the crawl space, where you actually don’t see anything but dripping water.
The cast is really just a joke. Everyone (except for the extremely small role played greatly by Andrew Prine) is pretty terrible. I guess that Burt Young played the asshole and overly aggressive father/husband figure pretty well, but then again he just looks like the creepy uncle in the corner asking kids if they want candy and that it’s in his pocket. So I don’t know if it was his acting or if he just really looks the part. Diane Franklin was really the only one that stood out and showed any real acting ability. She was believable enough and she was only real annoying during a few scenes. Other than that she was pretty darn good, but then again, considering how bad everyone else was they just made her look even better.
The only real effects were the bubbling skin and faucet spitting out blood, and little else. Now both of them were done relatively well, but like the first they aren’t the hardest effects to pull off. So I would say, again, that the effects were good enough, but nothing else.
This movie is just strange. There is so much stuff that happens that is never really explained or is just shown for a second and then never gone back to. Now I’m not looking for everything to be spelled out for me, but they should try to explain at least a few things. Another thing about the story that bugs me is the question of, is this a prequel or sequel? It seems that it’s supposed to be the family from before the one in the first movie, but it’s clearly taking place years after the first (clothes, cars and overall technology level). But the killings (as different as they are from how it’s depicted in the first film) seem to say that it’s supposed to be taking place beforehand. It was just very sloppily done with no clear sense of time. Then they toss in a very odd (and quite pointless) incest angle with the brother and sister. Why? Fucked if I know. And let’s just forget the whole Exorcist ripoff that takes place during the last third of the movie.
Part one sucked and part two is even worse. There was no need to continue the story or try to tell the story before the first. They were just trying to cash in on a successful film, and they failed. Big time! Just stay away and ignore this movie at all costs.Have You Read...?