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Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

A family moves into their new home, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.

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

The Montelli family is thrilled to move into their new home, which is so large, they think of the house as a mansion. Then strange things begin to happen: the mirror in the kitchen falls when they say grace, objects move by themselves, the faucet runs blood instead of water. The mother believes the house is satanic and asks the local priest to come and bless it. Meanwhile, the sinister house preys upon the family's tendency toward discord and leads them into violent conflicts. The father strikes his two younger children and his wife. The house also exploits the latent sexual attraction between the teenaged brother and sister. Soon, the oldest son has become possessed by demonic forces and poses a terrible threat to his family and the priest. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines:

If these walls could talk...they would shriek! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amityville II - Der Besessene See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,277, 24 September 1982

Gross USA:

$12,534,817
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Amityville address of the house in the film is 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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When shown on Fox, the film was heavily edited. The incest plot between Sonny and his sister was cut out. The shotgun murder scene was trimmed down and some profanity was removed. See more »

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All in the Family
24 January 2011 | by Minus_The_BeerSee all my reviews

Strange things are happening at 112 Ocean Avenue. Just as the Montelli family have moved into their humble abode, arms start coming out of walls, blood starts gushing from the water faucets and what we can only assume is ghostly fecal matter has started to flood the basement. These are the least of the families worries, however. Regular beatings aside, the family finds their routine shaken up when the eldest Montelli child starts rebelling. It turns out he is being possessed by some sort of demon and just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they get much worse. Much worse.

"Amityville II: The Possession" is a prequel to the 1979 semi-classic "Amityville Horror" and is (very) loosely based on the DeFeo murders that took place in the famed house before the Lutz family moved in. The script, as penned by Tommy Lee Wallace, is about as brutal and dark as it can get. Just when you think the film won't go there, it goes there. We're talking children being treated violently, a relationship between brother and sister that goes too far and the worst offender of all: the farting priest. See the DVD at exactly the 26 minute mark for evidence.

The first two thirds of the film set things up beautifully. The film is stylishly shot by Damiano Damiani, giving the film a visual edge over its predecessor. While the sequel comes very close to besting the first film, it unfortunately comes crumbling down in the third act. Without giving too much away, the main business is dealt with in the first hour, leaving the last forty minutes to just sort of dangle in the wind a bit. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, "that's a pretty big matzo ball hanging out there." Somehow the film becomes an odd amalgamation of the first film and "The Exorcist" and in doing so, does a great disservice to itself.

When compared to the later installments in the series, this one at least comes out on top. In spite of its awkward ending, it's still a disturbing and thrilling ride that will take even the most jaded by surprise. Fans will get a thrill out of a story that takes things to the next level, while the average viewer will get a kick out of seeing Uncle Paulie himself, Burt Young, going off the deep end. Without a doubt, "Amityville II: The Possession" is a film you're not likely to forget anytime soon.


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