Amityville: A New Generation – USA, 1993 – reviews

‘Terror has a reflection of its own’

Amityville: A New Generation is a 1993 American supernatural horror feature film directed by John Murlowski (Assimilate; Zombie Hamlet; Freeway Killer; Return of the Family Man) from a screenplay by Christopher DeFaria and Antonio Toro. The A. Ninety-Three Productions movie stars Ross Partridge, Julia Nickson, Lala Sloatman and David Naughton.

The soundtrack score was composed by Daniel Licht (Dexter TV series; Bad Moon; Thinner; Ticks; et al).

Plot:

For artist Keyes Terry (Ross Partridge), an antique mirror opens the door to a house of past and future terror…

Reviews:

Amityville: A New Generation (I prefer the working title of Amityville: Image of Evil) is a mediocre entry to the Amityville movies. It lacks in scares, has a few good characters that sadly are the minor ones and lame main characters. It’s a decent watch, but nothing special.” Cinema Terror

“It is a firm slice of 90s time capsule cheesecake (whatever that means) and of course it doesn’t make sense. But all the familiar faces (also including Barbara Howard of Friday the 13th Part IV, holla) help transform crap into craptacular!” Stacie Ponder, Final Girl

” …it quickly becomes apparent just how silly it all is. Thankfully, that doesn’t need to happen until the end credits roll because Murlowski keeps things moving along nicely from start to finish. There’s some fleeting nudity, decent effects, a flashback or two and a recurring surreal nightmare for the main character. Which makes it hard to hate.” For It Is a Man’s Number

“It’s not helped by the average acting from most of the leads with Keyes in particular giving off a dull performance that inspires yawns & shrugs. The flashy fun that came with the last film in the franchise is gone, replaced with a dark, cheap & dingy atmosphere.” Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

“You find yourself crossing your fingers in hopes that for the finale, some redemption will be made for the poorly constructed beginning and middle. What you get is a predictable, eye-rolling, uneventful sendoff with bad character reactions and shitty lines. Not even Terry O’Quinn could have saved this.” Josh G., Oh, the Horror!

“Let me clue you into how low rent this flick is. You’ve seen countless love scenes in movies that happen in front of a fireplace, right? Well, Amityville: A New Generation has a love scene that happens in front of a space heater. If that isn’t the perfect metaphor for the quality of this thing, I don’t know what is.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • Ross Partridge … Keyes Terry
  • Julia Nickson … Suki (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
  • Lala Sloatman … Llanie
  • David Naughton … Dick Cutler – The Hatred; Ice Cream Man; Body Bags; I, Desire; An American Werewolf in London
  • Barbara Howard … Janet Cutler
  • Jack Orend … Franklin Bronner (as Jack R. Orend)
  • Richard Roundtree … Pauli
  • Terry O’Quinn … Detective Clark
  • Robert Rusler … Ray
  • Lin Shaye … Nurse Turner
  • Karl Johnson … Cafe Owner
  • Ralph Ahn … Mr. Kim
  • Tom Wright … Morgue Attendant
  • Bob Jennings … Rookie Cop
  • Jon Paul Steuer … Young Keyes (as Jon Steuer)
  • Claudia Gold … Keyes’ Mother
  • Robert Harvey … Orderly (as Bob Harvey)
  • Ken Bolognese … Critic
  • Abbe Rowlins … Academic
  • Joseph Schuster … Young Man
  • Robert Hammond … Ghoul (uncredited)

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

91 minutes | 1.33: 1 | mono

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