Amityville II: The Possession

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Overview

Delving into the horrific history of the infamous Long Island haunted house, this prequel to 1979's popular chiller The Amityville Horror is loosely based on the DeFeo murders but is at heart a straightforward horror-exploitation film with an Exorcist twist. When the violently dysfunctional Montelli family moves into the rustic abode claimed to have been built on an Indian burial ground, the standard haunted-house clichés bleeding walls, swarms of flies, bubbling black goop give way to a more direct demonic ...
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Overview

Delving into the horrific history of the infamous Long Island haunted house, this prequel to 1979's popular chiller The Amityville Horror is loosely based on the DeFeo murders but is at heart a straightforward horror-exploitation film with an Exorcist twist. When the violently dysfunctional Montelli family moves into the rustic abode claimed to have been built on an Indian burial ground, the standard haunted-house clichés bleeding walls, swarms of flies, bubbling black goop give way to a more direct demonic attack on the eldest son -- who develops an unhealthy interest in his nubile younger sister, followed by a much more lethal attraction to dad's shotgun. In a desperate attempt to purge the evil, the local priest tries to perform an exorcism...with unexpected results.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
One of the strangest sequels in horror film history, Amityville II: The Possession is a wildly disturbing and over-the-top retelling of the original DeFeo murders that occurred in the infamous Long Island house in 1974. The first thing to notice is that it's very obviously set in the 1980s, complete with '80s automobiles and demonic walkmans. The second thing that'll catch one's eye is the severely dysfunctional family, headed by Burt Young (Paulie from the Rocky series) as the crazy abusive dad in a household of overacting dimwits that includes a neurotic mother, two cornball child actors as the kids whose idea of fun is putting plastic bags over their heads (followed by the "just kidding!" line), plus a messed-up twentysomething-year-old son and his near-nubile younger sister, played by Diane Franklin (Monique from Better Off Dead). Directed by Italian maestro Damiano Damiani from a script by John Carpenter alumni Tommy Lee Wallace, the sequel is a hoot of a horror film that pulls no punches with the blood and black goo, yet still manages to be an outrageous slice of schlock cinema that confounds its viewers at every step. Whether it's the extravagant Evil Dead-style camerawork or the shocking scenes of incest and bloody murder, the film would be reprehensible if not for the campy performances and utter disrespect for the real-life story. By the time the movie skids into a blatant and hysterical Exorcist rip-off mode in the third act, either the tortured viewer is ready for anything the flick's got to dish out or they've already tuned out. With an uncredited rewrite by Dardano Sacchetti (another Italian veteran who has collaborated with Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento!), Amityville II is known in some circles as a near-masterpiece that was reportedly an inspiration for Ringu and, subsequently, most of the J-horror fad. Whatever camp one finds themselves in, there's no doubt that by the time the house literally blows up at the end, the audience's mind has been as well. Severely overlooked for too many years, The Possession eclipses the original in guts, gore, and downright shocking material that somehow through the years has gelled into one ridiculously fun time at the movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 027616909381
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,059

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Young Anthony Montelli
Rutanya Alda Dolores Montelli
James Olson Father Adamsky
Jack Magner Sonny Montelli
Diane Franklin Patricia Montelli
Andrew Prine Father Tom
Leo Cimino Chancellor
Brent Katz Mark Montelli
Erika Katz Jan Montelli
Moses Gunn Detective Turner
Ted Ross Mr. Booth
Technical Credits
Damiano Damiani Director
Pier Luigi Basile Production Designer
John Caglione Jr. Makeup
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Franco di Giacomo Cinematographer
Stephen R. Greenwald Producer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Recht Art Director
Glen Robinson Sound/Sound Designer, Special Effects
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Ira N. Smith Producer
Tommy Lee Wallace Screenwriter
Bernard Williams Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Pan and Scan
1. Main Title [7:51]
2. Secret Room [4:14]
3. Family Drama [9:26]
4. Our Father [5:50]
5. Home Alone [10:54]
6. Brotherly Love [6:06]
7. Bloody Blessing [8:09]
8. Bad Birthday Boy [6:11]
9. Nightmare Realized [1:07]
10. Terrible Discovery [6:24]
11. Demon Child [5:50]
12. The Ugly Truth [5:32]
13. Problem of Possession [3:04]
14. Passion of the Priest [6:30]
15. Soul Swapping [5:42]
16. End Credits [9:33]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title [7:51]
2. Secret Room [4:14]
3. Family Drama [9:26]
4. Our Father [5:50]
5. Home Alone [10:54]
6. Brotherly Love [6:06]
7. Bloody Blessing [8:09]
8. Bad Birthday Boy [6:11]
9. Nightmare Realized [1:07]
10. Terrible Discovery [6:24]
11. Demon Child [5:50]
12. The Ugly Truth [5:32]
13. Problem of Possession [3:04]
14. Passion of the Priest [6:30]
15. Soul Swapping [5:42]
16. End Credits [9:33]
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Menu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    experince the HORROR

    This film is an insight to what happened to the Delos family. It is terrifiying and suspenceful. The ending does not go with the movie and leaves you wondering what happens next. But the movie is worth seeing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Remeber: good horror flick, not what really happened

    This film is chilling and better than the first, on a horror film basis. If you base it on how true it is to the actual event, it is far off base and I wouldn't recommmend it to you. If you like ''Exorcist'' type films, this is a must-see. I don't mean to exploit or disrespect the real-life murdered victims --- I suggest, before or after viewing this film to do some research and get the actual facts about Amityville and its tragedy.

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