Franchise Review: The Amityville Curse

Five people spend the night in an abandoned house, the Amityville haunted house, and soon find themselves terrorized by assorted ghosts, venomous insects and ghostly apparitions.

Five movies in now and things have already took a downward spiral.

By now you can see the interest has seriously waned in the franchise and the studios are now just trying to cash in on what’s left of the “Amityville” name. It looks like the littlest bit of money was thrown at it for maximum profit, because that’s exactly what it is.

I have to say that director Tom Berry did an awful job and it’s no surprise his directing career never took off (though he has produced some good features. The same thing goes for the cast of the film who are terrible, I don’t mean that to sound as harsh as it does but it’s the truth.

The film is based on a Hans Holzer novel and I’ve been told it makes for good reading but this film, this is an ‘Amityville’ film in name only. It’s even set in a different house and “Amityville” fans can tell it’s not 112 Ocean Avenue, hell, everyone can tell that isn’t the “Amityville” house

I felt stupid just for watching this feature, seriously. You ever watch a film and think “Well, there’s time I’ll never get back”, that was what happened here. The feature is so boring and dull that I just couldn’t wait for it to end, and that’s not something I say very often.

“The Amityville Curse” is best avoided at all costs, if you do decide to watch it then don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

This is the first and only Amityville sequel not to feature the original house.

A DVD version is available (though difficult to locate) in Region 2

At 20 minutes in, when Debbie (Dawna Wightman) investigates the basement, music cues from The Amityville Horror (1979) can be heard.

Dawna Wightman’s debut.

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