Amityville 3-D (1983)
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Once again the Amityville creep house is the center of all sorts of demonic drama. Here an unbelieving reporter sets up residence and finds he might prefer a tract house in Anywhereville, U.S.A. to this Long Island loser. This time the basement's the source of the supernatural onslaught.
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Critic Reviews for Amityville 3-D
To pad things out characters argue over story-lines from previous Amityville movies, while for 3-D purposes, wasps, furniture and minor players are hurled in our direction at varying intervals.
It so utterly fails to articulate its threat that the scary stuff presumably facilitated by everyone's moronic behavior turns into a running joke.
Unlike the first two Amityville titles, this one makes no claim to authenticity, but such honesty doesn't save it from being a terrible movie.
Veteran director Richard Fleischer demonstrates a keen understanding of the potentials of the 3-D gimmick here, but there is little else to recommend this dull retread.
3-D, the stamp of greatness...
...presented in standard 2-D format and does not require special glasses to view. However, I don't see how wearing them can possibly hurt.
...thoroughly bereft of any interesting ideas, as evidenced by the film's absurdly underwhelming climax...
Entirely flat, despite the gimmicky effects
Works as well as a 3-D sequel of a sequel (starring Tony Roberts in the lead role) can posibly work. And that ain't well.
Better than the first two, but apart from the 3-D novelty not much
Audience Reviews for Amityville 3-D
Third part in this series is a bad film, and it really starts to shows the cracks in terms of effective storytelling on the parts of the screen writers and director. The idea seemed really good, but the film simply fell flat with no real care to write a truly terrifying film that was memorable and fun. The result is a failed attempt at delivering a haunted house film with any real chills. The film tends to rely too much on the 3D effect to entertain, and it just ends up being annoying and painful to watch. Acting wise, the film still suffers from inconsistencies and there are no standout performances here. The direction fails to evoke any sense of fear and most of the time it is pretty lazy. The ideas for something good were here, but the execution was poor. The film could have been much better than this and it is a shame because the original film, though flawed, was pretty good and fun to watch. As a whole, this third film is forgettable in the long run and adds nothing of note to the series. Luckily this isn't as bad as others that would follow, but it could have been done better. I think that with a few rewrites a, this film could have been a lot better. With a better cast and director as well, Amityville 3D would have worked as a fun, entertaining haunted house picture. The film was simply rushed, and underdeveloped in terms of good storytelling. Without the effects, I think that the film could have worked a bit better and if it relied on atmosphere it would have made it memorable.More
Amityville is much like all the other third in series/3D outings in modern horror franchises. It's not all horrible, there is a good scene in a burning car and the last 10 minutes is great, albeit,so bad it's great territory, but entertaining all the same. Unfortunately the first 80 minutes are pretty awful. I would have liked to have seen it in 3D, just to get a closer look at the fly with the human face, I wonder if there were screams of horror or screams of laughter back in 1983?More
A low point in the Amityville series, this one is below average. It has hardly any good actors, a bad story, it's predictable, and I just didn't like it.More
I'm sure the only reason this film is stil in existence is because Meg Ryan has one of her early roles in it. It is even more mean-spirited than the previous instalments and the death scenes really stretch credibility too far. The 3D effects were good at the time but they make watching it on TV now a bit of a mess. You end up just sitting there thinking, "I bet that bit looked good in 3D!". The rest of the effects are very lacklustre though as is the story itself.More
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