Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes

Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes

Director: Sandor Stern

Cast: Patty Duke, Jane Wyatt, Fredric Lehne

     
 

The fourth in a seemingly endless parade of Amityville sequels, this passable TV knock-off features an item of possessed furniture from the notorious haunted house -- a concept inspired by a series of novels by John G. Jones and exploited in no less than three films of the series. This time it's a lava lamp from the accursed site that houses the evil, travelingSee more details below

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The fourth in a seemingly endless parade of Amityville sequels, this passable TV knock-off features an item of possessed furniture from the notorious haunted house -- a concept inspired by a series of novels by John G. Jones and exploited in no less than three films of the series. This time it's a lava lamp from the accursed site that houses the evil, traveling cross-country from an Amityville garage sale (now there's a title for a sequel) to an oceanfront California estate, whereupon it releases the demonic forces within to exert their vile influence on a young girl by assuming the form of her late father. To this end, the demon animates various household appliances to whittle down the cast in death scenes which are neither shocking nor original -- much like the rest of this film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
It was bound to happen -- not only was the fourth Amityville movie relegated to a made-for-TV schlockfest with Patty Duke, but the spooky Long Island estate is sidelined for a possessed light pole with a vengeance. The movie does start out with a bang, with a group of priests busting into the ghostly abode as they exorcise whatever demons are responsible for the fly problem, icky dripping goo, and incessant slamming doors. In another movie, that opening would be climactic finale, but not in Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes! Instead, the rest of the movie moves to a different house where another family is haunted by an evil lamp that still holds the demonic forces of the once-possessed manor. Thankfully, Patty Duke is there to save the day, though she wasn't able to help the poor sap that's attacked by the garbage disposal (a cheap gimmick that for once actually pays off!) or the guy that gets his face full of black goo while checking on possessed water pipes under the house. Tepid material plagues most of the film, though there are a few moments that are worth it for the cheese-lovers out there, who should virtually be the only ones watching this installment in the first place. Amityville 4 is notable for its connection to the deranged mannequin cult film Pin, which shared the same writer/director, Sandor Stern, who penned the screenplay for the original Amityville Horror film before moving onto a forgettable career in television.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2003
UPC:
0084296404858
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Allumination
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Amityville Horror - The true story; Biography; Film highlights; Trivia

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patty Duke Nancy Evans
Jane Wyatt Alice Leacock
Fredric Lehne Father Kibbler
Lou Hancock Actor
Brandy Gold Jessica Evans
Zoe Trilling Amanda Evans
Aaron Eisenberg Brian Evans
Norman Lloyd Father Manfred
Robert Alan Browne Donald McTear
Gloria Cromwell Rhona
Peggy McCay Actor
Warren Munson Actor
Alex Rebar Actor
Jack Rader Actor
Richard Crystal Actor
John de Bello Actor
David James Elliott Actor
Gary Michael Davies Actor

Technical Credits
Sandor Stern Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Barry Bernardi Producer
Rick Conrad Score Composer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Skip Schoolnik Editor
Kandy Stern Production Designer
Steve White Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amityville, Vol. 4: The Evil Escapes
1. The Spirit Relocates [9:10]
2. The Family Arrives [14:17]
3. A New Beginning [9:54]
4. Strange Things in the House [15:10]
5. Going After the Spirit [17:45]
6. The Priest Arrives [12:33]
7. Questions [14:46]
8. Credits [1:35]

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