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Subj: Re: Halloween 2019 Roundup #1: Murder in Amityville!
Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 at 01:29:56 pm EDT (Viewed 522 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Halloween 2019 Roundup #1: Murder in Amityville!
Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 at 09:18:33 am EDT (Viewed 571 times)

    I - I remember finding that flies scene in the first Amityville Horror very creepy. I didn't realize Rod Steiger played the priest, but, when I first saw it, I didn't know who he was.

The flies get more dangerous in part 2 and 3 but this is the most effective scene. Maybe because the flies were real or maybe because of Steiger's reaction. I think the only other thing I've seen Rod Steiger in was Mars Attacks! and I should really see that one again.

    I was too young to see such a movie in '79 but I do remember a buzz around it when it was shown on TV, or maybe cable. Nowadays, it's a large cut below, but back then, to a 12-year-old with no internet, it was up there with The Exorcist, The Omen and The Shining for supernatural terror. At least, in reputation. I didn't see The Exorcist or The Omen until later.
    I did watch it again, about 10-15 years ago, when I tried to watch some of the scariest movies ever. I remember finding it slow but still entertaining.

I can't remember when I watched any of these but it wasn't in their prime. I think the only Amityville movie I saw when it was new was Amityville 1992. I saw The Omen movies on cable in the 2000s and then sought out the Amityville box set of the first 3 and went from there. I can't remember where I saw The Exorcist but that is probably the best of the bunch.

    Margot Kidder sure was cute back then.
    The story behind the movie is fascinating for sure.

I find her much more appealing in Amityville than I did in Superman. Not sure why.


    II - I can't for say for sure if I've seen Part 2 or not. The trailer makes it look pretty good, especially when seeing Burt Young. I think the house looks the most sinister in the movie poster, too. I'm interested in seeing the special effects with the demon.

The demon scene is brief, but a pretty good effect. Sonny being possessed with demon makeup happens more often. I think the movie mostly suffers by comparison. The first half is basically the first movie, although stuff happens faster which may be an advantage. The second half is The Exorcist only not as good.


    III - It's funny how these movie series follow the same pattern. Jaws, Friday The 13th, Halloween, even The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Fly and Planet Of The Apes: original concept, a sequel that's similar but a little different, then a 3rd movie that goes in a different direction, often in 3D, as the budget goes down. Surprisingly, the budget increases for the first 3 movies!
    I've never seen this one, or part 4, but in the right mood, I'd give them a chance. I do like horror movie series.

Might be good drunk party movies to make fun of. They are 90% melodrama and 10% horror fun.

    IV - just based on that DVD cover, I thought it looked made-for-TV. Seems like it could be interesting. Like you said, the lamp does look scary for a prop.

    I never realized there were 4 more sequels in the 90s, all direct-to-video, plus so many in the 2000s.

I knew about Amityville 1992, like I said, it might have been the first I saw. I hadn't heard of the rest until much later. Curse was never released in the US except on VHS long ago, and I don't think it plays in syndication.

I guess because Amityville is a real place and the house is a common design and the stories of the DeFeos and Lutzes are news stories, anyone can make a movie about them. Maybe not the Lutzes, they might have a lock on their own story. But literally anyone can make a haunted house movie with Amityville in the title and slap that house on the cover. I guess it took them til the 2000s to figure that out and now we're getting dozens of the things. According to Wikipedia there are 24 installments so far!

    I look forward to more posts leading up to Halloween.

I was going to do the next 4 Amityvilles but I need a break, I think it might be a tough slog. I'll review something else in the meantime.

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