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Amityville II: The Possession (DVD)

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Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 1982 / Director: Damiano Damiani / Actors: James Olson, Burt Young ... / DVD released 05 April, 2005 at MGM / Features of the DVD: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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      17.05.2006 17:15
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      amityville 2

      I loved this film when it first came out its about a family who move into this lovely big house and things start happening on the first day they move in.
      They find a secret room in the basement that used to be a torture chamber were the indians used to torture people.
      Then the two children are sitting in there room and the windows start flying up and down and some one starts writing horrible words on the wall.
      Then the oldest boy goes to shoot his father and then after that the oldest boy gets possessed by a demon.
      Then they get the preist out to bless the house and the preist goes running scared out the house.
      Then sonny the oldest boy goes and kills all his family with a shot gun.When he is arrested he cannot remember any thing about it and no one in the neighberhood heard anything.
      He gets locked up and then the priest tries to exorcise the demon but it wont go and then sonny starts getting sick and the priest helps him to escape the hospital.
      They end up at the house were the demon gets exorcised and it goes into the priest and sonny gets arrested and goes to prison for killing his family.
      Its a good film if you like your horror films and i think the house is quiet scarey and its suppossed to be a true story.




      DVD Facts

      Actor(s) James Olson, Burt Young, Moses Gunn, Andrew Prine

      Director(s) Damiano Damiani

      Genre Horror

      Classification 18 years and over

      Production Year 1982

      Running Time 1 hour 39 minutes

      Release Details
      DVD Region Region 2 (Europe)
      Studio(s) Prism Leisure Corporation
      Release date 04/10/2004
      No of Discs 1


      Languages
      Main Language English

      Technical Information
      Aspect Ratio 4:3 Full Frame
      Sound Dolby Digital 2.0
      Dubbing Sound Dolby Digital 2.0 English

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        08.10.2005 16:43

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        Amityville II - Is it any good? - NO

        OH MY DAYS

        Why oh why do movie producers insist on churning out 2-nd rate sequels?

        There was SO no need for this movie to have ever been made - It basically just tries to repeat the story of the 2st movie (I KNOW this is, like, the whole point of the movie, but seriously - why bother???).

        Also, Im guessing that make up and prosthetics had moved on a little since the 1st movie as we are treated to an unspectacular scene towards the end involving what I can only assume to be a member of the muppets cast that got fired for being too ugly or something.

        Also, I HAVE to mention the acting... were these people told it was a spoof when they were given the script or something? I hope so, because that would explain A LOT.

        Trust me, you will be rooting for the house to win long before the end....

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        31.12.2001 06:38
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        The name 'Amityville' brings two things immediately to mind. Firstly, an infamous fake/real bestselling book from about 20 years ago about a haunted house in America. Secondly, one of the worst franchises in horror film history, which somehow managed to vomit forth no less than 9 episodes. The series truly reached its nadir in 1996, with the almost unbelievably bad killer fly tale 'Amityville: Dollhouse'. 'Amityville 2: The possession' is undoubtedly the best of the series, and is actually a very good film in its own right. Packed with slime and creepy moments, it stands way above the horrifying mediocrity of its siblings, and deserves a far better reputation than its association with such dross has earned it. The film is a prequel, and the plot concerns the events, which led to the haunting portrayed in the original 'Amityville Horror' in 1979. 'The Possession' is a highly exploitative, factually questionable account of the real life DeFeo murder case, in which an entire Italian-American family were slaughtered by their oldest son. Of course, the film sensationalises the tragedy, spicing things up in the name of entertainment by adding demonic possession, Indian burial grounds, incest and slime-a-plenty. The film is basically in two parts, the first leading up to the murders, and the second dealing with priest Father Adamsky (James Olson) attempting to save the soul of murderous son Sonny Montelli (Jack Magner). The main reason why I enjoy this film is that it is so gleefully, unashamedly sleazy. It takes a real life murder case and transforms it into a piece of Jerry Springer style horror. Everything about the film is exploitative and over the top, and it is all the better for it. Liberally stealing from other horror hits, most obviously 'The Exorcist', it provides a hugely entertaining and genuinely creepy treat for all genre fans. Director Damiano Damiani has had a career in
        film since the 1940s, and 'Amityville: The Possession' is fairly indicative of his output. Although few would call him a great director, he is at least technically adept, and does have certain flair. Here, he succeeds in generating a real atmosphere of sleaze, and viewers may find themselves rushing to the shower after the credits roll. His tabloid handling of the themes of incest, demonic possession and madness are so outrageous, that they are hard not to enjoy. These factors aside, he does manage to provide a few creepy moments, with some great shots of the eerie basement of the house. Dripping with slime, it effectively suggests the darkness at the centre of the Montelli family, which will eventually destroy them all. The film does enjoy a sense of impending doom, and Damiani keeps the plot moving along suspense fully in the first half at least. The second part of the film contains less in the way of action, but more in the way of overblown acting, religious ranting and absurd speculations. Although the murders take place midway through the film, Damiani manages to keep the viewer entertained and despite a slight drop in pace, it all remains fun until the very end. There is a great cast, especially 70s TV favourite James Olson. He is great in the priest role, struggling to deal with the practical and legal realities of demonic possession. Burt Young, who viewers may recognise from numerous mafia type roles, puts in a strong performance as the bullying father, who plays a large role in his son's disintegration. Best of all has to be Jack Magner as the killer son. He is truly creepy, and is frighteningly convincing as Sonny, who is gradually transformed from fresh-faced youngster to hollow eyed, incest loving demonic killer. The first half of the film contains much to please the horror fan seeking visceral thrills. Although there is no real gore until the great midway mass murder scenes, there is an abundance of
        flies and slime, which scores very highly on the ick-o-metre. The whole house seems infested, and every time someone turns on a tap I expected the black stuff to pour forth. Overall, I would definitely urge viewers to ignore the 'Amityville' tag, and check out this gem of a film. There is a great deal to enjoy here, with plenty of atmospheric sleaze, madness and slime to keep things interesting.

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          20.12.2001 01:35
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          Firstly let me state that I know that this is the wrong category but as yet there is no category for this dvd release of the Amityville Horror and this disk is a fairly new release in the UK. The True Story The reason that these series of movies were called Amityville was after the name of the town where the origonal incident occurred. Amityville, Long Island to be precise. It was back in june 1965 when the Defoe family purchased a home for themselves at 112 Ocean Avenue. Everything seemed to be great for the family except for the son Richard Defoe Jnr. Both father and son were said to be hot and quick tempered which was claimed to lead them to often have fights amongst each other. It is said that Richard Jnr was seriously involved in drugs and thefts and that he faked a robbery with friends to relieve his family of $20,000.00 and was caught out by his father. After this he thought enough was enough and then took out his sick revenge. On November 13th 1974 Richard Jnr was watching tv. He then went to his room to collect his .35 Marlin rifle. It was claimed that he firstly went to his parents room and shot his father twice then proceeded to shoot his mother twice killing them both. The bodies of his brothers and sisters were also in their beds so they believe that they either did not hear the shots or may have been too scared to move. It is claimed that he next went and shot his two brothers John and Mark. Standing between their beds and firing a shot into each of them at point blanc range killing them both. He then was thought to have went to his sisters room and shot each of them in the head. The strange thing is though that they were all said to be found lying on their stomachs. With their heads lying on their arms, but it was not stated as to whether he moved the bodies into this position after death as it is far too unlikely that you would not be stirred by a gunshot in the same room. This is a bit strange. Richard J
          nr had tried to claim innocence to the police but considering they found a gun case in his room for the type of weapon was used was enough to arrest and question him. He then cracked after some serious interogation but tried to still claim self defence as he felt that he was in danger from his family. He was found guilty of six counts of second degree murder and is still doing time for these sentences. Many questions remain but he has kept quiet and was due for a parole hearing this year in fact but as far as I am aware this must have been refused because of the high profile and past form of this case this would make international news. The Amityville Story This is where the storie we know begins when another family purchased this house after these tragic events. This is when the Lutz family purchase this house and move into it. Things were meant to start off only on their second day there when Father Mancusso went to bless their house and was said to be slapped across the face and told to ?get out? by something unseen. He fled their home after this. It was claimed then that slowely the Lutz family was being possessed and changing over a period of time. They claim to have been changed physically as well as mentally changing them from a loving caring family to one that was always at odds with each other and driving hatred and contempt for each other into them. They also said that they suffered from bad dreams, saw apperitions as we as suffering both physical and mental attacks. One of the things th father claimed was the incessant need to chop wood and even though the house was a constant 80 degrees he claimed that he always felt cold. He was always went and had sleepless nights where he would wander around outside even though he felt this chill. It was claimed to be around 3 am when he would awake which was meant to be the time of the murders. He then neglected his personal cleanliness because trying to keep warm was his driving g
          oal. It was soon after this that things were getting a whole lot worse because the whole family started to feel the cold. It was claimed they suffered swarms of flies in one room hence the scene in the movie. Bathroom water was meant to stink and smell like pure sewer water as well as things moving on their own. They also claim a whole host of things occurred until finally they fled the house after only two weeks. I know as yet I have not said much on the dvd but you are about to find out why because the main reason is simple. There is such a small amount of extras and settings on this dvd that this opinion would be a really short one if I talked only of the disc itself. The movie itself is quite good the picture. Although the quality is not as good as it could have been because if the picture had of been fully digitally remastered it would have been better and still has that slightly blurred feel like American tv shows. Still it is good quality but the soundtrack is atrocious. With the modern day and age and technology available why oh why is the soundtrack in MONO. This defies belief and shows that this dvd was thrown out as a cheap mass produced disc for to cash in on the new dvd market. The Menu Scene Selections This part of the disc is split into 16 sections and is fairly well categorised to the main points of the movie. 1?Main Titles 2?The killings 3?Moving In 4?A Bad Connection 5?3.15 am 6?A Man With an Axe 7?Work to do 8?Before The Wedding 9? Close To The Edge 10_Night stirrings 11_Neighbourhood Welcome 12_Dead Ringer 13_The Passage To Hell 14_Coming Undone 15_The Last Night 16_End Credits Origonal Theatrical Trailer Obvious one this and is the origonal trailer used to sell this movie to us the public Language Options You can change the language here to either Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish here
          and all these language options have the soundtrack in mono. Plus you can turn on English for the hard of hearing here. Well believe it or not we are at an end of the features already all there is to say is a bit on the disc itself. Cast George Lutz????James Brolin Kathy Lutz????.Margot Kidder Father Delaney??..Rod Steiger Father Bolen???..Don Straud Father Ryan????Murray Hamilton Father Nuncio???John Larch Amy???????Natasha Ryan Greg???????K.C.Martel Matt???????Meeno Peluce Jeff???????.Michael Sacks Studio: Mgm Home Ent. Ltd. DVD Release Date: 22 October, 2001 Run Time: 113 minutes Region 2 encoding PAL, Widescreen 16:9

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            25.08.2000 02:34
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            Amityville 2: The Possession, could be best described as a prequel to the first movie. Fact: Sometime around 3:00AM, November 13, 1974, in Amityville, Long Island, Ronald DeFeo murdered his mother, father, two brothers, and two sisters in their home with a high-powered rifle. When he was arrested for the crime he told police and prosecutors that he heard voices in the house. Voices which told him to kill his family. Voices of those who eventually possessed his body. It was a few years after this brutal crime that The Lutz family moved in and wound up staying only a few months before fleeing for their lives from what they called, a terrifying supernatural entity. The Lutz family and their encounter with the house is the story in the original Amityville Horror. Their story of their house being haunted has since been discredited but the real atrocity was the original murders and the story of possession that the Defeo boy recanted. This is the story of Amityville 2: The Possession. We open with a less than happy family. The father is a Godless, abusive patriarch, the mother is somewhat timid and annoying, the two youngest kids are alright, the eldest daughter is naive and the eldest Son, will soon become a murderer. Amityville 2 opens with the family moving into the famous looking house. The director of photography made sure that every shot of the house is menacing. This, along with the excellent score which makes your skin crawl make this movie spooky. Although the family is oblivious, the audience gets to see the unholy forces present in the house. A presence which has a keen interest in Sonny. The entity uses the hatred and resent Sonny feels towards his family (father mainly) to get closer to him until Sonny's health and mood deteriorate greatly. As the plot thickens, Sonny begins to have ill feelings towards his entire family until the infamous night where he turns his father's gun on
            all of them. After that, it's up to the local priest to save his soul for he's the only one who believes that Satan is behind this boy's behaviour. The climax is a terrifying view of good versus evil as the priest will sacrifice his soul for Sonny's. I recommend this film to anyone interested in possession and a very scary horror film. I'd have to say that this is the best Amityville of the series.

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            Prequel to the first Amityville set years before the Lutz family moved into the infamous haunted house, has the Montelli family moving into the ominous Long Island house where their eldest son becomes possessed by the evil lurking within.