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The Amityville Horror Trilogy

by Ken Tasho
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Friday Oct 11, 2013
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Many decades before the world became obsessed with the film "The Conjuring," there was a huge popcorn haunted house flick from 1979 called "The Amityville Horror."

Now, thanks to the ever-increasing catalog of long-forgotten horror films, from Shout Factory’s vault comes "The Amityville Horror Trilogy."

The Blu-ray presentation of "The Amityville Horror" is reminiscent of its prior Blu-ray release from 2008. The story of the Lutz family being terrorized by strange happenings in their Long Island, NY home is brought to life vividly in high definition. Margot Kidder and James Brolin star as the Lutz parents, and also star in their brief Blu-ray documentary "For God’s Sake, Get Out!" Along with only a theatrical trailer and radio spots, "The Amityville Horror" is slightly disappointing in the features department.

Faring much better is "Amityville II: The Possession," making its Blu-ray debut. Because "The Amityville Horror" made a ton of dough, this prequel was greenlit. Loosely based on the real DeFeo family from Amityville, Part 2 is smutty fun, featuring everything from psycho parents, sister/brother incest, and bad acting.

The special features on Part 2 are the most involving of all 3 Blu-rays. We’re treated to interviews from director Damiano Damiani, as well as actors Andrew Prine, Diane Franklin, and Rutanya Alda ("Mommie Dearest"). Screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace lambastes the original "Amityville" film in his interview.

Also making its first time Blu-ray appearance is "Amityville 3D," presented in both its 2D format and Blu-ray 3D. This viewer had to view the 2D presentation, and the limitation of transferring a 3D film to 2D is glaringly apparent on the Blu-ray. "Amityville 3D" is blurry at times and out of focus. This film, having nothing to do with either of the prior "Amityville" films, features perky Meg Ryan in one of her first roles. A trailer is all to be found for special features here.

"The Amityville Horror Trilogy"
Blu-ray
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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