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The Amityville Curse (1989)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror  |  7 May 1990 (USA)
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Five people spend the night in an abandoned house, the Amityville haunted house, and soon find themselves terrorized by assorted ghosts, venomous insects and ghostly apparitions.

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Five people spend the night in an abandoned house, the Amityville haunted house, and soon find themselves terrorized by assorted ghosts, venomous insects and ghostly apparitions.

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It began with a murder and a hanging. Now, the innocent must pay for the sins of the guilty... See more »

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Follows Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989) See more »

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Cortigiani. vil razza
(from "Rigoletto")
Performed by René Tucek and the
Brno Janacek Opera Orchestra directed by Josef Chaloupka
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
With permission of Supraphon International
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One of the most worthless sequels ever made
4 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you reach a certain point in a series of films it's time to call it quits. If there's no more story, if the quality level had dropped, or if people have lost interest then why not lay it to rest? The third 'Amityville' movie was the last one to get a theatrical release because it made less money than the two before it, but that didn't stop anyone from making another sequel. There have even been several sequels to Jay Anson's novel, but not many would be adapted into feature films. Personally I like the first four movies in the series, but where do you go from there? Like the first film, this installment is based on a book only in this case the movie has little to do with it's predecessors or the book on which it's based. But believe me, those are the least of it's problems.

Pros: Performances are adequate. Decent score. A couple good creepy moments. Finally comes to life in the finale.

Cons: Sluggish pacing. Virtually plot less. Forgettable. Not scary at all. Bland direction. Very drab looking. Several plot holes. Long stretches where nothing interesting happens. Failed attempt at mystery.

Final thoughts: No one asked for the other sequels either, but at least they provide some entertainment value. If you're going to make an unnecessary sequel the least you can do is make it entertaining and make it look like you cared about what you were doing. There are even worse sequels than 'The Amityville Curse,' but even if you're like me and you enjoyed the previous four you're better off skipping this one and checking out the ones that follow.

My rating: 1.5/5


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