Now available on DVD, Video on Demand (VOD), and streaming services such as Amazon, FandangoNow, Xbox and VUDU, is the horror film, Amityville Poltergeist.
The film stars Parris Bates, Sydney Winbush (Netflix’s Shrill), J. Rebecca Morse (Hawaii Five-0), and Jon Hall (TNT’s Leverage).
If you read my site often, you know how much I love horror movies. It’s my favorite genre next to comedies. Sadly, most so called horror movies are more so comedies. Maybe not intentionally, but most are laughable and far from being scary.
When I first heard about this film it piqued my interest because it had the word “Amityville” and “Poltergeist” in the title. Diehard movie fans will be quick to think about the classic films The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. At least that is what I thought about.
I honestly don’t know if this film is set in the town of Amityville (I honestly don’t recall them ever mentioning that), but I do know that there is a poltergeist.
Jim (Bates) is struggling to find ways to make money. He lives (so I’m assuming) with this best friend Collin (Connor Austin). Collin has a girlfriend named Allison (Sydney Winbush). Allison is just a wee bit too friendly with Jim. He’s evident from the start that she has feelings towards him.
Jim comes across a house sitting opportunity for the weekend that pays $100 per night. That seems like an easy enough gig, so Jim applies for the opportunity and gets the job.
Jim in entrusted to care for the home of an older woman, Eunice (Rebecca Kimble), while she goes out of town with her son.
Jim learns that Eunice’s daughter, Donna, used to come and care for her, but she just up and disappeared.
You can tell that something is not right with Eunice. In a way, it freaks Jim out.
It doesn’t take long for Jim to realize that something is not right about the house. He hears a lot of strange noises, and he’s convinced that he seems a woman walking up the stairs, as well as peeking in on him.
Due to the strange goings on with the house, Jim finds it impossible to get any sleep. The sleep deparvation on makes matters worse. It causes Jim to feel like he’s losing his mind.
What exactly is going on in the house? Is Jim just seeing things due to his lack of sleep, or is what he’s hearing and seeing real? To find out, you need to rent or purchase Amityville Poltergeist. Look for it where movies are sold/rented.
Meh… The movie was just “OK.” To be honest, I sort of figured out what was going on not long into the film, but I watched it to the end anyway. There was a bit of a twist to the ending that I didn’t anticipate.
Some of the actors/characters were creepy enough on their own. For example, Jim comes off as someone who is one step away from cracking and going on a killing spree (he has that “helter skelter”, Charles Manson look to him). Eunice is also a “bit off her rocker.”
For the record, the creepy monster shown on the movie poster is NOT in the film. I don’t even know why it’s there.
There were some good scenes, like Donna peeking out from the side of the door with her eyes wide open. But overall the scary parts were not scary at all. Seeing a lady walking down the hallway with her head down is not exactly terrifying, poltergeist or not.
I found the movie to be more laughable than scary. However, people who are easily scared might get a bit of the heebie jeebies watching this movie.
I honestly found the film too slow and it failed to keep my interest. I wanted to like it because the trailer looked good, but it just wasn’t interesting or entertaining enough for me. That doesn’t mean that others won’t think this film is awesome. Like my mom always said, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Just because one person loves or hates something doesn’t mean that someone else won’t feel the opposite way.
I’m not sure the rating for this film. There is a lot of drug use (marijuana), drinking and sexual innuendos, so I’m assuming it’s rated “R.”
Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.