Amityville II: The Possession

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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

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