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The script is just as lazy as the acting, leaning on a fitfully applied, Scream-esque meta subplot to justify why the hell we're all here in the first place.
A depressingly tedious ghost story...
A worthy sister to Amityville II. [Full Review in Spanish]
The director and screenwriter could not be concerned to narratively justify the very obvious incidents. [Full Review in Spanish]
Enjoyable B-movie horror without pretensions nor cynicism. [Full review in Spanish]
It reminds us that evil, in capital letters, is cyclical. [Full Review in Spanish]
Instead of tension and thrills, there's just a bunch of clichés and an overwhelming sense of déjà vu.
Horror fans can probably give it a single viewing but if you aren't a fan of the genre, you could skip this one.
Amityville: The Awakening becomes a different kind of movie for its climax, embracing a cheesy camp factor that might have worked if the entire thing were that way.
It's a series of routines within a routine formula, and the result is as tedious as it sounds.
This umpteenth sequel in the Amityville franchise isn't that great, but it's surprisingly better than most of the other entries.
The most horrendously dull film with the word Amityville in the title yet.
Rebooting the franchise, Amityville: The Awakening takes a fresh look at the haunted house that terrified a generation. The story follows a recently widowed mother who moves her two daughters and invalid son to a house in the country hoping that the change will help her son's condition, and when he starts to improve the eldest daughter begins to question whether it's really him or if he's being possessed. Both Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne give solid performances, and the film has an interesting meta quality to it where both the real life events and the films exist. But the horror is rather tame and the forces of evil are limited in their power and influence (not really going beyond the one possession). While it gets some points for creativity, Amityville: The Awakening doesn't have much ambition and sets a rather low bar for itself.
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