Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)


Co-executive Produced, Written & Directed by: Sandor Stern

Book by: John G. Jones

Patty Duke .... Nancy Evans
Jane Wyatt .... Alice Leacock
Frederic Lehne .... Father Kibner
Lou Hancock .... Peggy
Brandy Gold .... Jessica Evans
Aron Eisenberg .... Brian Evans
Zoe Trilling .... Amanda Evans
Norman Lloyd .... Father Manfred

Release Date:
Made-for-TV: May 12, 1989




A group of priests led by Father Manfred (Norman Lloyd) enter the posessed house in Amityville thinking that they have finally cleansed the evil spirits that resided there. However, there is a fancy looking and creepy lamp that is over 300 years old that belonged to that house as it is auctioned.
The lamp was sold to an elderly lady named Alice Leacock (Jane Wyatt) whom is visiting a struggling family in California after their father has passed away and are grieving.
The house pets freak out when the lamp enters the house and the youngest daughter named Jessica Evans (Brandy Gold) seems to admire the lamp and talks to it at night as she thinks that she is talking to her father.
Later on Brandy acts obsessive over the lamp and shows wicked attitude towards her family as the other members seem to as well.
Also, there are power surges, their water turning bad and some people end up being killed there that remains unsolved to top it all off.
A young priest that was at the house in Amityville named Father Kibner (Frederick Lehne) tries to call and warn the family but can't seem to reach them as he tells them that their house is possessed by the evil from that lamp.


The situations in this film is a little cheesy but we can't expect it to look too horror like since this one was made for TV
We show a nice beginning of the scene with preachers when they run into every room at the house in Amityville to cleanse the evil spirits away. Then we spot a great shot on the old lamp lighting up and one of them reacting to it painfully.
There's a good camera shot closing in on Alice Leacock gardening in front of her house as it gives you an impression that an evil force is watching her.
There's a creepy moment with Nancy Evans lying in bed and a man's hand is wrapped around her, then she gets up and no one is in her bed.
What's more creepy was having a child named Jessica sitting in front of the old lamp and talking to it with her Mom which is of course Nancy walking in and tells her she was talking to her Dad.
We spot a good shot on someone putting his hand in a garbage disposal but then it goes off and but it doesn't look as intense like it was supposed to have been.
There is an interesting moments with Brian when he is holding a chainsaw in the cellar and toys around with it, then it starts to activate and loses control with it by sawing stuff up. It didn't look intense like it was meant to be though so it was a little corny.
There's a nice camera shot on Peggy with a cord wrapping around her neck.
We have perfect scene's with Father Kibner and Father Manfred talking to one another about the lamp and the history of the house in Amityville.
Jessica looked great sitting on a sofa not saying a word and when she does she shows great wicked attitude which has a nice change to what we spot here.
We have a real effective moment with Kibner and his intensity towards Nancy about her being in danger along with her family.
There's a nice camera shot on Jessica walking up a stairway to the attic with the door open and a bright light shining on her and then the door closes after entering.
We spot a perfect battle with Jessica against both Kibner and Nancy in the attic which looked impressive.
There's terrific shots on the house when the windows glow making it look similar to the house in Amityville.
Bottom line here: Ok in part 3 the house explodes during the end of the film but when we watch this one it made out that never happened at all. I think this was a totally different story alltogether and I think the other sequels were too.
The film was cheesy but lots of TV movies are. Still it was clever at the same time too and a neat plot to top it all off.
It;s interesting that the story took place outside of the house in Amityville and residing in a place down at California too.
Lots of cheesy special effects but that's what makes this film so much fun.

Some of the acting is very good and some it is well.... a little lacking. Patty Duke (Nancy Evans) plays nicely as the mother of her family and is good with her firm words whenever she performs that way. She also does well by acting disrespectful in a certain part of the film which comes off nicely too. Plus showed a nice firm attitude to keep an eye out on their youngest one in the family which stood out wonderfully.
Jane Wyatt
(Alice Leacock) played a nice grandmother in the film shows great and courageous attitude as well.
Frederic Lehne
(Father Kibner) was the best one of all the cast as a young priest in the film showing dynamic energy and intensity too. He especially does well reacting to a painful situation on the lamp which looked energised here. He also shows a perfect intensity whenever he needed to act like this.
Child actress Brandy Gold (Jessica) was another fine cast member too as she nice nice wicked aggressions to her part by being posessed by the lamp. She
really knew how to behave intense with her shrieking behavior not wanting to leave the room while being forced to. Plus quarter way through showed a perfect wicked attitude.
Zoe Trilling
(Amanda Evans) looked like that she had the mumps while doing this film and seemed to be cast mainly for her looks as the oldest sibling. Yet she reacts perfectly well when she let's out a scream when she discovers something terrifying that has happened to someone in the kitchen.
ron Eisenberg (Brian) playing the only boy in the family needed a bit of acting lessons but I have seen worst. He shows a phony shocked reaction to a deadly moment which is one of his lacking talents.
Norman Lloyd
(Father Manfred) looked perfect as an elderly head priest in the film and leaves a good impression along with the plot used in it.

A teenagers hand is caught in a garbage disposal and blood splurts out
A decapitated hands oozes out of a pipe full of black stuff.

The music was cheesily great with synthesizer screeching sound and thumps too which is extremely effective through the whole story of the film composed by Rick Conrad.