Category Archives: Horror Movies

Review: The Amityville Horror (1979)

“Houses don’t have memories.”

James Brolin and Margot Kidder

“For God’s Sake, Get Out!”

The tagline is legendary…well to me at least. It’s larger than the film’s title on the poster and echoes the sentiment of many people in the late seventies when they read about what happened to George and Kathy Lutz in Amityville. “Get Out” they did, and kicked off a firestorm.

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What is this mess?

I’m worried about Amityville 1974. When I heard the folks behind Get Out were involved I was intrigued but then this artwork was dropped and I really don’t know what to think.

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I wasn’t aware that Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV fame had been consulted for the production design. Haunted shiplap? Holy hell what a mess.

Filming has supposedly begun on this retelling of the DeFeo murders so there’s still hope. I’ll keep my fingers crossed until we get some on set images or a trailer next year.

Until then, Merry Christmas!

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Amityville: The Final Chapter Hoax

Last night I was bored senseless and scrolling Amazon Prime for something to watch while my new puppy chewed on my sweatshirt. I came across a movie called Amityville: The Final Chapter and immediately cued it up. Another Amityville movie? Yeah it was probably gonna be bad but it was better than parking on HGTV and watching another Fixer Upper marathon.

It was bad…very bad, and not at all connected to the Amityville franchise in any way whatsoever. Someone slapped a new title on this mess to grab some views I guess. I lasted about forty minutes before I bailed and did some research. This is actually a movie called Sickle and it is TERRIBLE.

There are some terrible Amityville films, don’t get me wrong, but at least they try to stay in the universe even if they do skirt the far edges of it. Don’t bother with this. I might have given it a chance if they hadn’t pulled that stunt.