Amityville: The Demon (1983)

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Critic Consensus: A gimmicky Amityville retread with insufferable characters.

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Third horror tale about the possessed house finds a writer (Tony Roberts) moving in, while those around him freak out. Tess Harper. An early film credit for Meg Ryan. Directed by 1950s 3-D veteran Richard Fleischer. A.k.a. "Amityville: The Demon."

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Cast

Tony Roberts
as John Baxter
Tess Harper
as Nancy Baxter
Robert Joy
as Eliot West
Candy Clark
as Melanie
John Beal
as Harold Caswell
Leora Dana
as Emma Caswell
John Harkins
as Clifford Sanders
Lori Loughlin
as Susan Baxter
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Critic Reviews for Amityville: The Demon

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

There is hardly anything original about the picture.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The cast is good, but the characters are idiots.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

A creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere.

Jan 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

No longer a haunted house movie at all, but simply a collection of crummy shock scenes with absolutely no shock.

Aug 29, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

a quickie cash-in on both the early '80s revitalized 3-D craze and the success of the previous two Amityville films

Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Amityville: The Demon

½

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Well, it's the shortest out of the original three, and it has a young Meg Ryan. One of those is a good thing.

Quinto Wallight
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Poorly made Amityville sequel; it just doesn't feel like the house we've all grown to fear. Hollywood greatness has somewhat taken over the low-budget story and made it an effects-driven bore-fest, lessening the scare-factor the other two had. It would've been neato to see this in 3-D. I didn't think Tony Roberts was entirely suitable as the new owner of the Amityville house; he seemed too ordinary and uninteresting. Evil and death seemed to follow characters out of the Amityville house; the sequences I enjoyed were the elevator drop and the car-fire. The movie was originally sub-titled "The Demon" with a big demon claw on the poster. In this film, there is a hell-pit of slime under the basement floor, where the cheesy effect demon emerges. The overall film felt artificial with lack of anything scary.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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