Category Archives: Halloween

Amityville: The Cursed Collection

In the late 80s the Amityville franchise was kept alive by a man named John G. Jones who wrote a series of books expanding the universe beyond the Lutz’s story. One of those books, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, provided the seed for several direct to video features loosely based on the evil that lurks in Amityville. You can read my review of it here. The concept that objects from the home were cursed and would bring misfortune to anyone who happened upon them allowed the series to venture far from Long Island and confines of 112 Ocean Avenue. I like to call these the Garage Sale series.


This month, Vinegar Syndrome brings these movies back in glorious hi-def in a gorgeous collector’s set called Amityville: The Cursed Collection. The set includes Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time, Amityville: A New Generation and Amityville Dollhouse. Each disc has a 4k restoration, bonus features including cast/crew interviews and reversible cover art.


I had these movies on standard DVD and the transfers were mostly terrible, so I haven’t watched them in years. I’m anxious to relive The Garage Sale series and will certainly review them here. With Halloween on Thursday I know what I’ll be doing this week.



Meet Jodie

Halloween is still a ways off but it is never too early for costume ideas. Trick or Treat Studios has the perfect costume idea for the discerning Amityville fanatic. Why not go to your office party dressed as Jodie the Pig Demon?


“But Jodie was a little girl!” you say? No, Jodie wasn’t a little girl. The writers of the 2005 Remake Who Must Not Be Named turned her into a little girl because that movie The Ring was popular and suddenly little girls were scary again! Well, scarier than normal. “Jodie” was actually a demonic pig who befriended the youngest Lutz daughter and famously told her she was doomed to play there in the house with her “forever and ever”. Shudder. Jodie revealed itself to George at the end of the film which set him off raging through the house with an axe before coming to his senses and getting his family out of the house for good. This scene scared the crap out of me at the time! It still gives me a chill or two. oink


The Trick or Treat Studios says that this mask is modeled after the character of Jodie from the upcoming film Amityville: The Awakening for which we still do not have a release date. I don’t have any suggestions for what one might wear with this creepy Jodie mask besides a white sheet or maybe some overalls. Maybe the fact that it has leaked means that Awakening, which based on this is sounding better and better, is coming sooner rather than later. Either way, you’ve got Halloween sorted already. Now you just need a jar of flies and a crucifix.

Here is a clip of Jodie in action from the 1979 film.