I caught "The Amityville Horror 2: The Possession" a few nights ago on AMC. This 1982 film was the first sequel to the (in my opinion) awful "The Amityville Horror". The movie stared Burt Young (Rocky), the lovely Diane Franklin (Better off Dead), James Olson and Jack Magner.
The Amityville Horror 2: The Possession story is about the Montelli family. They buy the infamous Amityville house and right off the bat begin to experience some strange occurances. However, a major thing about this picture is the abusiveness of Young’s character, Anthony. He beats the shit out of the kids everytime the ghosts mess up the house. It’s pretty disturbing.
His son, Sonny (Magner) becomes possessed by the Amityville horror house. The way they filmed the camera angles coming over his head, and following behind him reminded me alot of the camera shots in Evil Dead.
Sonny goes on to seduce his little sister Patricia (Franklin) and ends up blowing away his entire family with a riffle half way through the movie. Now to me that would’ve been the perfect place to end the movie to make it a very good horror movie. But no, The Amityville Horror 2: The Possession story goes on with the family’s priest, Father Adamsky realizing Sonny is possessed and goes way out of his way to try to help the boy.
The first half of the movie is very enjoyable, but after Sonny kills his family the movie goes down hill, way down hill. The ending flat out sucks. All in all, The Amityville Horror 2: The Possession is a decent movie, much, much better than "The Amityville Horror". Recommended for Amityville Horror fans.
About The Amityville Horror II: The Possession (1982)
Starring: Andrew Prine, Leonardo Cimino, John Ring, Rutanya Alda, Hollis Granville, Kim H. Ornitz, Alice Playten, Burt Young, Diane Franklin, Frank Patton, Rudy Jones, Ken Smith, Sondra Lee, Petra Lea, Alan Dellay, Martin Donegan, Peter Radon, James Olson, Lawrence Bolen, Tony Boschetti, Jack Magner, John Clohessy, Moses Gunn, Ted Ross, Lindsay Hill, Erika Katz, Brent Katz, Todd Jamie, Danny Aiello III, Anita Keal
Director: Damiano Damiani
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