Amityville II: The Possession

"Bad"

Amityville II: The Possession Review


At least Amityville II: The Possession has some basis in fact. This is -- on the surface -- the story of how the DeFeo family (here the Montellis) got murdered one night at 112 Ocean Avenue on Long Island, New York. (The subsequent events are the subject of the original Amityville Horror.)

In real life, the eldest son of the DeFeo family murdered six of his family members in their sleep while they slumbered in their beds. In Amityville II, the family structure is about the same -- and they all get the business -- but little else remains intact. Here we have a tale about a rough and tumble kid named Sonny (Jack Magner), who hates his father, romances his sister (Diane Franklin, best known as Better Off Dead's Monique), and gets possessed by demons who live in a secret room in the basement.

The film ultimately melds into a cheap knockoff of The Exorcist, a hugely successful movie made nine years earlier that the production team must have been hoping the world had forgotten by 1982.

Amityville II is an atrociously made film, uninteresting as a sequel/prequel and unsustainable on its own. As horror films go, it isn't scary at all, though some interesting makeup effects are balanced by a liberal use of impromptu fireballs.

Reinvented in the zeroes as a "classic," The Amityville Horror box set includes the first three films on DVD, plus an extra disc of Amityville-centric documentaries.



Amityville II: The Possession

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 104 mins

In Theaters: Friday 24th September 1982

Distributed by: MGM

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 7%
Fresh: 1 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 5.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Damiano Damiani

Producer: , Stephen R. Greenwald, Ira N. Smith

Starring: as Father Adamsky, as Anthony Montelli, as Dolores Montelli, as Sonny Montelli, as Father Tom, as Patricia Montelli, as Detective Turner, as Mr. Booth, the Lawyer, Erika Katz as Jan Montelli, Brent Katz as Mark Montelli, Leonardo Cimino as Chancellor, as Removal Man 1, Gilbert Stafford as Removal Man 2, Petra Lea as Mrs. Greer, Alan Dellay as Judge (as Allan Dellay), Martin Donegan as Detective Cortez, John Ring as Police Chief, Peter Radon as Assistant Chancellor, Lawrence Bolen as Funeral Director, Tony Boschetti as Elderly Man in Church, John Clohessy as Police Officer 1, Hollis Granville as Police Officer 2, Frank Patton as Police Officer 3, Kim H. Ornitz as Police Officer 4 (as Kim Ornitz), Lindsay Hill as Police Officer 5, Rudy Jones as Gardener, Todd Jamie as Guest at Birthday Party, Ken Smith as Prison Doctor, as Demons (voice), Sondra Lee as Demons (voice), as Demons (voice), Tony Devon as The Coroner

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

The 2003 comedy Bad Santa is a holiday classic that skilfully mixes gross-out humour with...

Allied Movie Review

Allied Movie Review

There's a terrific script at the heart of this World War II thriller, with a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

Indignation Movie Review

Indignation Movie Review

Philip Roth's layered novels are a challenge for filmmakers (see also 2003's The Human Stain...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been...

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Yet another bonkers thriller starring Nicolas Cage, this trashy crime comedy comes from director Paul...

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

"Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" is a DVD...

Advertisement
Arrival Movie Review

Arrival Movie Review

This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with...

Elle Movie Review

Elle Movie Review

There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing...

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

With a sweeping, picturesque setting and emotive performances, this dramatic epic will appeal to moviegoers...

The Accountant Movie Review

The Accountant Movie Review

While this slick dramatic thriller plays with some intriguing ideas and themes, it never actually...

Train to Busan Movie Review

Train to Busan Movie Review

Leave it to the Koreans to reinvent the zombie horror movie and put a high-speed...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.