AMITYVILLE DOLLHOUSE (1996) Reviews and overview

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Amityville Dollhouse is a 1996 American supernatural horror film co-produced and directed by Steve White (executive producer of Amityville: A New Generation; It’s About Time and The Evil Escapes) from a screenplay by Joshua Michael Stern (Nightworld: Survivor; Skeletons). It is the eighth film in the Amityville franchise.

The movie stars Robin Thomas, Starr Andreeff (Syngenor; Dance of the Damned), Allen Cutler, Rachel Duncan, Lenore Kasdorf, Jarrett Lennon, Clayton Murray, Franc Ross and Lisa Robin Kelly.

In California, newlyweds Bill and Claire Martin move their family into a new house constructed by Bill himself. Soon after, Bill finds a dollhouse (a replica of 112 Ocean Avenue) in the shed. He decides to give it to his young daughter Jessica on her birthday.


At her birthday party, young Jessica likes the pretty dollhouse. Examining it in front of the guests, she discovers a chest, filled with handmade dolls. Tobias and his wife exchange worried glances and obviously recognize the dolls as something dangerous…




“Joshua Michael Stern’s plot borrows freely from Poltergeist and Pet Sematary and contains some scary stuff involving wasps and an attempt at characterization. The rest is familiar special effects, capably done and arguably no worse than the original.” Mike Mayo, The Horror Show Guide


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“I’ve accused other entries in this franchise of being twisted into sequels that were never meant to be, but this one goes beyond that into a realm … Watching Amityville Dollhouse, you get the distinct impression that the people involved in making it weren’t on speaking terms with one another.” And you call yourself a scientist!?



” … somehow manages to be the weakest entry in a very underwhelming series. Most telling is that most of the scares in the first act revolve around a light turning on by itself inside the dollhouse, and none are ever as creepy as the moment where the same thing happens at the end of Dream Warriors … No wonder it killed the franchise for 8 years or so.” Horror Movie a Day



Choice dialogue:
Jimmy’s father: “They’re coming for you, Bill.”


Cast and characters:
Robin Thomas … Bill Martin
Starr Andreeff … Claire Martin (as Starr Adreeff)
Allen Cutler … Todd Martin
Rachel Duncan … Jessica Martin
Jarrett Lennon … Jimmy Martin
Clayton Murray … Jimmy’s Father
Franc Ross … Tobias
Lenore Kasdorf … Aunt Marla
Lisa Robin Kelly … Dana

Filming locations:
Santa Clarita, California

Technical details:
1 hour 37 minutes
Audio: Dolby
Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1


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