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Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

R | | Horror | TV Movie 12 May 1989
The demonic forces in the haunted Long Island house escape through a mystical lamp which finds its way to a remote California mansion where the evil manipulates a little girl by manifesting itself in the form of her dead father.

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The demonic force lurking in Amityville for over 300 years escapes to a remote California mansion. It encounters a struggling family living together by uncertain means. The beast manipulates a little girl by manifesting itself in the form of her dead father. Soon it will be able to possess her completely... is it too late for a young priest to defeat the demon and end the curse? Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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While the credits suggest the film is based on John G. Jones' book of the same name, said book is actually a collection of short stories, and none of the stories were adapted for the film. Instead, a new story with similar elements to those in the book was created. See more »

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The amount of blood on Jessica's knife changes (and even disappears) between shots. See more »

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And so the silliness begins...
6 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

AMITYVILLE IV: THE EVIL ESCAPES is the first of the ultra-cheesy Amityville sequels with increasingly spurious connections to the first films in the series. This one's a TV movie which doesn't help, as the production values are noticeably lacking compared to the earlier films. The storyline involves the Amityville curse being transferred into a creepy old lamp, which is subsequently purchased as a gift for an unsuspecting family who begin to suffer strange hauntings as a result.

This is a rather dull film that stretches out for long moments of boredom and occasionally intersperses them with silliness. It's also incredibly cheesy and not the least bit scary, so it's a film to watch if you've got a sense of humour. Patty Duke as the put-upon mother is the only actor here who gives anything approaching a legitimate performance. Scenes involving flies and priests feel like weak retreads of what has come earlier and are largely without merit.

The film is better when it works in new supernatural events (even if they are ridiculous). THE EVIL ESCAPES has the best garbage disposal scene since ROLLING THUNDER, although that moment is eclipsed by a later set-piece involving a plumber and a blocked pipe that has to be seen to be believed. The cheesy highlight involves the woman's son (played by a dwarf actor) having an encounter with a possessed chainsaw in the basement; a moment that truly has to be seen to be believed. Stuff with a creepy blonde possessed girl is too obviously indebted to POLTERGEIST and the ending is routine, although that last freeze frame is pretty funny.


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