aka Amityville 3, Amityville III – The Demon, Amityville – The Demon
93 min., 1983
Written by William Wales
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Another sad sequel
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The movie begins with John Baxter (Tony Roberts) and Melanie (Candy Clark) going to the famous house to try and contact their son. During the séance a floating green fuzzball causes Melanie to jump up and start taking pictures. With this it’s revealed that they aren’t married or looking for their son, but they are reporters who are debunking people like these. After some talking with the owner of the house John decides to buy it since his apartment is just too small and he is finally through with his divorce. He moves in and his daughter Susan (Lori Loughlin) shows up a little later to check the place out with her friend Lisa (Meg Ryan). As strange things begin to happen John just thinks that everyone is caught up in the history of the house.
It’s kinda funny that the best actor in the movie is Lori Loughlin, considering that she seems to have gotten the least amount of work after this film than the others. Now don’t get me wrong in thinking that I think that she is phenomenal or anything, but as compared to the others she pulls off her dialogue with ten times more believability and expression. All of the others are just reading lines and either not showing any emotion or just going overboard with the emotions (hello Candy Clark). Then you have Tony Roberts who takes about ten minutes to react to anything that’s going on around him (whether he chose to act that way or if it was written that way, either way it is just stupid).
The effects are just terrible in this one. Compared to the last two where the effects where very minor and not complicated, these are all over the place and way too complicated for whoever did them. Nothing remotely looks good, as most of the effects look very cartoonish. Now, I’m not talking about the whole 3-D aspect. It looks just like a 3-D movie is supposed to, mainly things being shoved toward the camera. It may look silly, but at least there is a reason for the silliness. For the rest, they just look sloppy.
The other thing that is wrong with this, like the whole series so far, is that they kinda forget about what happened in the previous movies. In the first the well was under the stairs, in the second the well disappeared and it was a crawl space, and in part three the well has moved into the open. It’s just sloppy work. As far as the series goes, this is part three in my book. From what I’ve read, this was part three, but the major company decided that there wasn’t enough about the first movie family to consider this a sequel. So it was released not as a sequel, but a stand-alone movie. Even though it is called 3 it isn’t supposed to be part of the series. To me it is, or else it wouldn’t have the number 3 in the title.
Is this better than part one or two? Nope. Is it worse? Nope. So far they just all suck. As far as I’m concerned, just stay away from this whole series. Here’s hoping part 4 will be, at least, watchable. Sigh…Have You Read...?