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
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
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
There's a great suspenseful happening
when Melanie opens a door to the
cellar and a gust of stormy wind blows
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
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
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
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
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.
Loughlin (Susan Baxter) does well as a curious
teenage girl wondering what is lurking in
the house but doesn't want to get
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
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.
I hear you bought yourself a haunted
John Baxter: I just bought the
house, not the ghost.
West: A famous writer once said
"Reality is the only word in the
language that should always be used in
I don't want another one of your rational
explanations, John. I know what I
experienced, and I'm not crazy.