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.
I have failed you dear Amityville fans and I apologize. Somehow this little movie starring legend of the big and small screen Eric Roberts has somehow completely escaped my radar.
The plot goes something like this: Tiffany and her friends visit her grandmother in Amityville (oh noes!) and discover the spirit of an angry old witch haunts the old woman’s house. The witch seeks revenge on the descendants of the people responsible for her death and mayhem ensues. It always does.
Check out the trailer:
It would seem every house in Amityville has those cool quarter-moon windows. Aside from that this doesn’t appear to be related to the shenanigans over on Ocean Avenue. Amityville Death House is directed by Mark Polonia for Monogram Pictures and is out on DVD TOMORROW! I dig the groovy retro movie poster so I’ll be ordering my copy today.
Darn the DVD industry for figuring out ways to get me to buy multiple copies of one film. Now MGM has re-released a handful of classic horror films (some old, some new) with limited edition cover art. The new artwork for my beloved Amityville Horror is pretty dang awesome.
Other titles in this release include Carrie, Last House on the Left, Jeepers Creepers and Misery among others. You can get them at Best Buy.
Eric Walter’s fantastic documentary My Amityville Horror is finally getting a DVD release on August 6th. There is no mention of a Blu-Ray at this point, but the features will include a full commentary and some sort of featurette. If you have any interest at all in the story I highly recommend checking out this film. You can learn more about it here.