family move into a house built on an
ancient Indian burial ground as they
think it's the house of their dreams.
However the family ends up getting into
quarrels when they move in to the house
as the wife of the family named Dolores
Montelli (Rutanya Alda) tries to keep the
family together with her christianity.
The oldest son named Sonny (Jack Magner)
doesn't see eye to eye with his abusive
father as he behaves obnoxious and is
suddenly posessed by an evil spirit as
the spirit traps him when he tries to
escape from it.
He is fascinated with his sister Patricia
(Diane Franklin) and then the next thing
you know he seduces her.
Next, he does an evil deed when Montelli
tries to bless the house as the evil
spirit tells him to stay away from him.
Then after he celebrates his birthday
late at night his face turns very demonic
and is forced to murder his family with a
Montelli feels responsible, and tries to
save the possessed boy's soul.
There's an effective moment with the character Dolores Montalli when she feels a
presence in the laundry room of the house
which she seems to do not too bad but
sometimes looked a little overly dramatic but
there's a very good camera shot on it.
Then late at night there's more good
camera shots of the evil spirit wandering
the house too approaching Sonny Montelli but there's no reaction to him which
looks normal as watching the film here is kept
a surprise since this is just the
beginning of the story as well there's
other spooky moments like a door banging
and no one is there and paintbrushes
moving by themselves drawing grizzly art
with windows opening and shutting.
There's a real intense scene with the characters Anthony and Dolores acting temperamental and violent then we
have a great moment with Sonny pointing a shotgun towards Anthony
The story definetely looks disturbing when
Sonny slowly turns evil and he searches some
parts of the house like the cellar where
he sees illusions of a hand showing good
shocking expressions when the evil
spirits follows him as he tries to run
away from it and poltergeists starts
invading the whole house afterwards.
There's a good creepy scene between Patricia and Sonny as brother and sister as he
tries to seduce her in which the scenario looked very soft and calm like.
There's a wonderful intense scene with Father Adamsky
when he spots an illusion of blood in the
parents bedroom while trying to bless
the house. Along with a good evil laughter by Sonny by using his possessive powers to make things look twisted.
There is a touching scene when Sonny celebrates his birthday with
his family looking like they'll be happy
after all but of course the terror starts
later on which disturbs this happy moment
Then the terror begins when Magner
takes the shotgun and goes on a killing
spree which looked great and we have a
perfect scared reaction by Patricia. P_lus Sonny's face looked totally demonic changing all of a sudden which looked terrifying while watching the movie.
There's lots more including an exorcism
in the Amityville house as that was well
Bottom line is that t his one was the
prequel to the first one but is totally
fictional as it was based on the real
life family of the DeFeo's but when you
watch this flick you can tell that the
whole story is extremely fabricated. It
seems like a total ripoff on The
Exorcist and The Omen put together. It's not overly terrible
thank god but not that good either. It
still had it's admirers though as some
adore it but I wasn't one of them.
Burt Young (Anthony Montelli) is
terrific with his role as an intimidating
father with his aggression making it look
like those real scrict Italian people
that behaves violently when angered.
Magner (Sonny Montelli) does very well too with the
goin on's at the house and it's
disturbing when he becomes slowly
possessed too when he is so innocent from
the beginning of the film. He definetely shows great evil expressions later on in the film
Diane Franklin (Patricia Montelli) also does a great
job as the innocent but confused sister.
James Olson (Father Adamsky) plays a good and calm
However, Rutanya Alda (Dolores Montelli) is a
little over the top and seems a little
silly with her performance as she is
meant to be truly intense and serious.
There's a brief
breast shot of Diane Franklin when she is about to be seduced by the
actor who plays her brother.
A woman is shot
bloodily in the stomach.
A posessed boys face is peeling off.
The music was composed by Lalo Schifrin who did the same for
the first film and shows some of the same
elements from the first film along with
sharp and creepy violin playing.