AMITYVILLE II:THE POSSESSION (1982 U.S. ITALY) D: DAMIANO DAMIAMI W: TOMMY LEE WALLACE P: IRA N. SMITH/STEPHEN R. GREENWALD
This is by far the best and most interesting of the Amityville series. It's actually a prequel about the original Amityville murders, based on Hans Holzer's book Murder in Amityville. Burt Young is great as the abusive father of the new family moving into the creepy house. Jack Magner is the teenage son who gets possessed by a demon (it speaks to him through his walkman) and guns down his family during the night. James Olson (THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN) is the priest trying to save his soul. While it's not a great horror film, parts are effectively scary, and it doesn't deserve to be slated along with all the other lame entries. With Rutanya Alda, Andrew Prine, Diane Franklin and Moses Gunn. There's some nice FX too. As well as the expected EXORCIST "inspired" moments, you may notice similarities (certain camera tricks for example) with THE EVIL DEAD (from the same year). Damiani also made the political spaghetti western A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL in 1966. Screenwriter Wallace directed another underrated sequel (in name only) the same year, HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH. AMITYVILLE 3 followed.

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