A dysfunctional family moves into a new house, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of their teenage son.

Director:

Damiano Damiani

Writers:

Tommy Lee Wallace (screenplay), Hans Holzer (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Olson ... Father Adamsky
Burt Young ... Anthony Montelli
Rutanya Alda ... Delores Montelli
Jack Magner ... Sonny Montelli
Andrew Prine ... Father Tom
Diane Franklin ... Patricia Montelli
Moses Gunn ... Turner
Ted Ross ... Mr. Booth
Erika Katz ... Jan Montelli
Brent Katz ... Mark Montelli
Leonardo Cimino ... Chancellor
Danny Aiello III ... Removal Man 1
Gilbert Stafford Gilbert Stafford ... Removal Man 2
Petra Leah Petra Leah ... Mrs. Greer (as Petra Lea)
Alan Dellay ... Judge (as Allan Dellay)
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Storyline

Eager to start afresh, the unsuspecting couple of Anthony and Dolores Montelli, along with their four children, move into their dream house in Amityville. However, right from the very first night, strange paranormal experiences shatter the Montellis' fantasy, as the restless spirits of the dead and the new home's dark secrets open the unfathomable black portal of hell. Now, the family's older child, Sonny, has become the perfect vessel of destruction, as the invisible demonic forces claim his soul. Can Father Frank Adamsky cleanse the infernal Amityville House? Written by Nick Riganas

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Don't forget to check under the bed... See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Jack Magner whose only other screen acting credit after this movie was in Stephen King's Firestarter (1984). See more »

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When Fr. Adamsky tells Patricia Montelli about her behavior at the confessional, this is a breach of the seal of the confession even though they are alone. Even if a confession is face to face, priests are prohibited from speaking about a person's confession outside of the Sacrament of Reconciliation even if it is to the same person. See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony Montelli: [as approaches the house] Close your eyes!
Jan Montelli: They're closed!
Anthony Montelli: Are you sure?
Jan Montelli: Yeah. Positive.
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Alternate Versions

In the Australian DVD version (out on Force Video DVD), the courtroom scene was completely cut out. In total, at least ten minutes were cut out of this version, but the shotgun murder scene is totally intact. See more »

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Featured in The Possession of Damiani (2013) See more »

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HOME SWEET HOME
Written by H.R. Bishop (as Henry Bishop) & John Howard Payne (as Howard Payne)
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Unusual Horror
13 March 2004 | by YankeeDoodSee all my reviews

I liked "The Possession" more than the original. Part one was so phony that it was even comical in parts (not to mention the over-acting). Part two contains more real life horrors such as incest, child abuse, domestic violence and mental illness. Yes, it is loosely based on the DeFeo case. However, I believe the director avoided direct links to the incident because of possible lawsuits. One disagreement I have with William C. Uchtman is when he stated in his review that Ronald DeFeo Sr. was a swell guy. Well according to "City Confidential" on A&E, the father was very abusive and was reported to have beaten "Butch" to a bloody pulp one time for simply talking back at the dinner table. Wife beatings were also reported. So, the abuse scenes are quite valid. The part when "Sunny" points a shotgun at his father after he punched his wife is valid too except that, in the real case, Butch pulled the trigger with no shells inside. That was the only difference. The counterculture involved is also interesting. The Montelli's are no typical American family, you see this from the start when Sunny returns from buying a pack of cigarettes and has an arguement with his father who threatens to "kick his ass".

Yes, "Possession" did copy parts of The Exorcist, but it's still a good film with more gory scenes than the original.

If you like over-acted supernatural thrillers, you may enjoy the first. But if you want to see a movie based on a real murder case (though admittedly from a supernatural point of view), "Possession" is for you.


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amityville II: The Possession See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,277, 26 September 1982

Gross USA:

$12,534,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,534,817
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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