Franchise Review: Amityville – A New Generation

An old mirror from the Amityville house finds its way into a young photographer’s home, where the demonic presence soon manifests itself to cause more death and mayhem.

Another year passes, so another “Amityville” film gets released, you get the pattern by now.

I fell for it didn’t I, I enjoyed watching “Amityville: It’s About Time” and got my hopes up that things were going to be different. Now, because I had different expectations going into this one it really felt like more of a let down than it would have done if I hadn’t.

I don’t think I’ve ever complained about enjoying a film before but to get my hopes up like that was annoying. We follow on the cursed furniture theme here and what’s very noticeable is that things are just getting sloppy, I could have wrote a better plot outline than what we’re given.

What we get is what a-lot of low budget films in the 90’s were doing. We have a young, struggling artistic couple who live in a stereotypical setting and things start to go wrong. The film sadly becomes a laughable mess, its also just boringly predictable which makes it worse.

As bad as the film is you will be able to spot great actors such as Richard Roundtree and horror favourites David Naughton and Terry O’Quinn who I’m sure would love to have this wiped off their resume. The whole thing is terribly flawed, so much so it’s just nonsensical.

“Amityville: A New Generation” is not worth your time, trust me, only view it if you want to be able to say you’ve watched them all.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The Thanksgiving murder took place in 1966, presumably a separate event before the Defeo killings in the original film.

Inspired by the book “Amityville: The Evil Escapes” by John G. Jones.

Because the filmmakers were going for an “old school” tone and sensibility, none of the visions in the cursed mirror were created with composites or other visual effects. They were all done in-camera with the use of half-silvered mirrors placed at an angle in front of the lens via a process called the “Pepper’s Ghost” effect that dates back to stage performances from 1862.

Terry O’Quinn and Lin Shaye previously worked together in an episode of The Twilight Zone (1985) (The Twilight Zone: Wordplay/Dreams for Sale/Chameleon (1985)), although here they don’t share any scenes.

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