Amityville: It’s About Time (1992) is an American horror movie that is the sixth installment in the Amityville film series and was originally titled Amityville 1992: It’s About Time (1992). Director Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Fist of the North Star (1995), Children of the Night (1991), Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (1997)) failed at executing an average screenplay. The movie lacks scare factors that will make viewers jump, wince, or shiver. It is a horror movie that will not make you scared but will make you think about what you just watched and if it was worth seeing. The film contains suspense and an overkill amount of gore.
Jacob Sterling (Stephen Macht - The Monster Squad (1987), One Life to Live (1968), Graveyard Shift (1990), Galaxina (1980)) is an architect who lives in a suburban housing development in Burlwood, California. Jason returned home to his two teenage kids from a business trip in Amityville. His ex-girlfriend Andrea Livingston (Shawn Weatherly - Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), Baywatch (1989), Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)) is an art student and was babysitting his kids while he was away. Jacob found an old mantle clock in an old house in Amityville, and he brought it home. He told his family that it’s "what our house has been missing" while he puts it on the fireplace mantle. Strange things start happening around the house after Jacob put the clock on their fireplace mantle. The clock ticking can be heard upstairs although it was located downstairs. The clock magically attached itself to the fireplace mantle so that it cannot be removed and started to display magical powers. Jacob’s troubled son, Rusty (Damon Martin -
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Ghoulies II (1988), Northfork (2003), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)) turned on the living room light switch to find another room. Rusty sees an ancient-looking torture chamber every time he switches on the light switch in his living room.
Jacob’s watch mysteriously stops working as he reaches the end of his jog. He is met by his neighbor Mrs. Tetmann (Terrie Snell - Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Rumor Has It… (2005)) and her dog. Peaches viciously mauled Jacob’s leg after Mrs. Tetmann let her go, but Jacob escapes after slashing Peaches’s face. After a hospital scene and a few events, Rusty confides in one of his neighbors about the clock and what he has been seeing. The neighbor told Rusty that the clock is afraid of him so it shows Rusty its power to win him over because the clocks original home is gone, and it must find a new home. Rusty and Andrea asks Mrs. Tetmann if her dog, Peaches has been vaccinated, and they were told that Mrs. Tetman and her dog did not leave home the day that Jacob was attacked. Peaches’ face does not have any cuts or slashes on it. The movie goes on to display more bizarre happenings to the family and does not progress to be anything more interesting than what it is already.
Overall, the movie is a hit or miss, and it was a miss for me because I was not entertained much by the horror it contained and mysterious events. The movie was executed poorly with an okay screenplay and average acting. The special effects did not help the film as it had flaws and was not anything special to go crazy over. The movie should have been an exceptionally good watch since it was made in the 1990s, but it appeared as though it was made in the 1970’s. The movie was not boring, but it did not have enough interesting events that will captivate its viewers to keep their minds from wandering off to another dimension.
About Amityville Horror - It's About Time (1992)
Starring: Dick Miller, Willie C. Carpenter, Stephen Macht, Jonathan Penner, Damon Martin, Shawn Weatherly, William Jackson, Alan Berman, Dylan Milo, Megan Ward, Nita Talbot, Dean Cochran, Terrie Snell, Kevin Bourland, Margarita Franco
Director: Tony Randel
MPAA Rating: R