Amityville 3D (1983)

   
Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Written by: David Ambrose & William Wales

Starring:

Tony Roberts .... John Baxter
Tess Harper .... Nancy Baxter
Robert Joy .... Elliot West
Candy Clark .... Melanie
Lori Loughlin .... Susan Baxter
Meg Ryan .... Lisa
Neill Barry .... Jeff
Peter Kowanko .... Roger

Release Date: Theatrical: November 18, 1983

 

 

Rating:

 

A girl named Susan Baxter (Lori Loughlin) has two parents who have separated.
Her father is John (Tony Roberts) who is a journalist who buys the abandoned house in Amityville to do some reasearch with scientists since the legend of that family who was killed by a family member.
Susan's mother Nancy (Tess Harper) forbids her daughter to go to that house but doesn't listen to her and goes there with her friends.
They spot a hole in the ground of the basement leading to the center of the Earth which was once an Indian burial ground.
Suddenly, Susan drowns in the lake there and the parents try to summon up her spirit in the house with a paranormal investigator as Nancy saw
her deceased daughter "alive" in the house. They go to the basement where the hole is which is now bubbling with water and deadly events start to happen.

 

We have an impressive opening with the house at night with the wind breeze blowing the tree branches which leaves a perfect spooky impression for a sequel of this kind.
There's an impressive beginning that involved two of the main characters John Baxter and Melanie being greeted by an elder woman. All the setting during this looked cheesy but impressive.
There's some good moments in the story with the elderly woman making out that she was sick when she does a summoning by her coughing. She also shows a nice wicked look towards Melanie after she gets busted and spits in her face as it makes you not want to know this nasty woman.
There's terrific camera shots looking outside from a window on the actors as if something inside the house is watching them and probably is.
We see a good shot on a person falling from the floor and later on a good shot on some flies swarming around in the attic and attacking him landing on his face.
There's a nice suspenseful shot on another character gagging lying on the top step with his hand reaching out.
There's a hilarious moment between Melanie and someone in the house after scaring one another when she opens a door and they shock one another as they let out comedic terrifying screams and talk to each other that way at first.
There's a great suspenseful happening when Melanie opens a door to the cellar and a gust of stormy wind blows her back.
The most memorable scene in the film is with both Susan and her friend Lisa when they go exploring the house and then Lisa teases her and acts strangely with her in order to bug her about what happened there.
There is a perfect shot looking up at the two of them from the hole in the ground when Lisa does her speech on what's down there and then suddenly someone is walking downstairs and they react very well by getting up and looking scared.
Another nice setting is with Susan all wet walking in the house showing no expression and walking up to the attic and Nancy calling after her and following her which almost looked believeably haunting.
We have some intense moments when the main characters try to summon something up from the hole in the ground as water is gushing out and a perfect shot on one of them named Elliott West sitting there waiting for it.
One of the best shots is a cheesy shot on the house blowing up.
Bottom line is that this film was way too silly to be considered dark and scary. It really doesn;t explain itself too well whether or not it takes places after the departure of the Lutz family but people mention the family who were murdered there which were of course the DeFeo's
It was very corny and unbelievable yet still fun to watch if you're in the mood for a trashy film.
It also features your everyday teenagers wanting to explore the place and living for danger too not realising what they're getting themselves into.

The acting is fairly good for it's time and featured some upcomers who became household names.
Tony Roberts
(John Baxter) nicely portrayed his role as a businessman reporter and father who decides to buy the house in Amityville and shows nice appeal to his character. He was very strong in his argumentive and aggressive attitude too. He shows alot of energetic performances in the suspenseful scene's of the flick. He acts emotionally well in one scene of the film after discovering a tragic incident of a drowning.
Tess Harper
(Nancy Baxter) was also good in her role as the cautious mother and does really well when she almost loses her sanity too. She was superb by behaving paranoid and denying on a tragedy in a certain scene showing terrific energy here. She also does great with her raging reactions when they try to summon something from the hole in the floor.
Candy Clark
(Melanie) has great timing by playing an annoying photographer as she really brings out alot to her role. She seemed a little too comedic at times when she screams or gets scared. But there's a real good moment when she gets paranoid freaking out and running out of the house in a certain scene of the flick showing great energy here. But yet her energy is a wee bit low when she screams in terror when her car is on fire.
L
ori Loughlin (Susan Baxter) does well as a curious teenage girl wondering what is lurking in the house but doesn't want to get frightened.
Meg Ryan
(Lisa) really stands out well in one of her film debut's before moving onto mainstream motion pictures as the lightheaded teenage friend who behaves goofy.

There is a woman burned alive in a car
A side of a girl's head is rotted.
A side of a mans face is burned

The music was composed by Howard Blake and is quite good as a composer. His music is similar to the music in a Friday the 13th type film.

Lisa: I hear you bought yourself a haunted house.
John Baxter: I just bought the house, not the ghost.

Elliot West: A famous writer once said "Reality is the only word in the language that should always be used in quotes."

Melanie: I don't want another one of your rational explanations, John. I know what I experienced, and I'm not crazy.