Amityville: The Demon (1983)
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Critic Reviews for Amityville: The Demon
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.
The cast is good, but the characters are idiots.
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.
Audience Reviews for Amityville: The Demon
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.
Well, it's the shortest out of the original three, and it has a young Meg Ryan. One of those is a good thing.
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.
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