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One would have thought this series was finished after the house was destroyed at the end of 3 but it appears fully repaired here and a priest even correctly declares that Satan has left the house (he went through an electrical cord into a lamp). Cue the yard sale where a woman buys this lamp and ships it to her sister in California. The evil lamp is destroyed but, in what can only be described as a cliffhanger ending, Pepper the tabby cat ends the film with glowing orange eyes after closely surveying the wreckage of the lamp.
House makes an appearance even though it blew up in part 3. A demon possessed lamp travels cross country to California. The beginning starts like a scene out of the exorcist. there's appearances by a deceased husband, black sludge and a dismembered hand coming out of a bursting pipe, electrical equipment turning on by itself, black water coming out of the faucets, bleeding walls and floors...i like all these old effects!
Bargain hunters descend on the Amityville house yard sale. Buyer beware. What follows is a series of unfortunate incidents involving household appliances for the purchaser of a possessed lamp. Even more entertaining than Part 5 which featured a strikingly similar premise involving a possessed Amityville House clock and Part 6 involving a possessed Amityville House mirror.
Amityville IV: The Evil Escapes is one of those sequels that is over the top, but not as bad as others in the series. Acting wise this film still lacks big time, and is pretty stupid. Story wise, you're to be disappointed due to a poorly written script that offers nothing truly engaging and memorable for the viewer. This is a made for TV film and it shows in terms of lacking effective thrills, good story and above all, good acting. This film could have been a lot better than what it turned out to be and if given the right amount of attention, I think that the film could have been much better as well. The film leaves a lot to be desired and it is pretty bad, however it is not as awful as the other sequels that would follow in this lack of creativity series, I say that because the filmmakers would struggle to try and create something entertaining, but would fail miserably. This fourth film is very bad, and it has some pretty stupid moments as well. The premise of the lamp was too tongue in cheek to comprehend, and whoever thought that it would make for a great horror film was sadly wrong. This is a bad film that is poorly constructed and offers nothing to appeal to genre fans looking for a great horror yarn. This may be an ok film to watch for a bad movie night along with the other sequels, but as it stands, this one isn't worth your time. This was really the start of the creative downfall of the series, and more dreadful films would plague this franchise that never should have happened.
A cursed lamp... Really? This is better than Amityville Curse, but just barely.
Despite this having nothing to do with The Amityville Horror (which may be a plus point, none of the movies are great) and despite some half baked performances, this is still a marginally entertaining film. One or two good scenes and has to be enjoyed it for what it is. If you love all Horror movies including the mediocre, you'll get some enjoyment from this.
Shockingly bad and predictable, and this is not the end of the series. Instead of having a haunted house, this time we have a haunted object: A Lamp, yes, A frigging Lamp.
Okay, a possessed lamp leaves the haunted house and heads off to California... Sounds about right for the fourth entry in a horror series! Although great dislike has been found in this one, for me I found it to be more interesting than the two predecessors. Primarily because it was more unpredictable, than some of the preceding efforts... However, Brandy Gold gave us one of the most annoying performances ever, no wonder it was her last feature!
Better than expected.
The first made-for-television film in the series, The Evil Escapes is the worst entry in the Amityville series so far. As its title indicates, the evil presence from the original Amityville house escapes via a lamp that is sold at auction. What is ensues is stupid to say the least. A film that can only be enjoyed by mocking it, Amityville 4 is garbage from beginning to end.