AMITYVILLE EXORCISM (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘It can happen anywhere’
Amityville Exorcism is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Mark Polonia (Land Shark; Sharkenstein; Bigfoot vs Zombies) from a screenplay by Billy D’Amato (Dinosaur ChroniclesGorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes; NightThirst).  Also known as The Amityville Exorcism

The movie stars Marie DeLorenzo, Jeff Kirkendall and James Carolus.

A family must put faith in a mysterious priest when a demonic force, connected to decades-old murders in their home, possesses their daughter…

“This one has it all, if by all you mean drunk dads, a demon who bought his The Masque of the Red Death outfit at the Spirit Store on November 1 so that he got the 50% discount, night for day, day for night, Jeff Kirkendall as a priest, a demon stalking a girl who just wants to go swimming in the middle of the day, said demon attack in the pool intercut with drunk dad weenie roasting, shots that go on way too long, shots that don’t stay on the screen long enough to inform us what is going on within them…” B&S About Movies

“The “demon” is a man in a red cloak and one of those cheap Halloween masks with an elastic string and two staples.  Prosthetic makeup effects look like they were made from hardened cake frosting. I’m not even sure the man playing the father maintains eye contact without looking off-camera in any of his scenes. It was a momentary struggle deciding if “Amityville Exorcism” deserved one star or none.” Culture Crypt

” …as a reviewer, I try to find something redeeming, but it just makes no sense, the cheapness echoes clearly throughout the production. Sometimes scenes repeat themselves, and the movie lacks any enjoyment, no jump scares, weird (not interesting) music and dreadful effects.” The Horror Times

“The film suffers from bad acting, Jeff Kirkendall, a regular Polonia actor, is okay as the priest. On the other hand, Marie DeLorenzo becomes stilted once possessed. All her dialogue is crossly spat out and over-emphasised – surely the spoke equivalent of being written with each word capitalised. James Carolus as the father similarly overplays the drunk part…” Moria

“In addition to the alcoholic father subplot (shades of Amityville II: The Possession), there’s also a red specter that looks like the Masque of Red Death, killer dolls, a monster in the swimming pool, irritating POV shots of the ghost, possessions, photoshoots, a swarm of terrible looking CGI flies, a zombie attack, and of course, an exorcism. All this isn’t very good, but at least it’s not dull, which is usually the kiss of death for these kinds of things.” The Video Vacuum

“Made with troupers who obviously won the Hollywood lottery, green-lit with the tone of blackmailing, featuring an implausible binge drinking scene, and giving off a whiff of a rejected student film, Exorcism has a plot element that’s as old as dirt. A young woman gets possessed and a priest must thrust the demons out of her.” Views on Film

Amityville Exorcism was distributed by Wild Eye Releasing.

Cast and characters:
Marie DeLorenzo … Amy Dukane
Jeff Kirkendall … Father Benna
James Carolus … Jeremy Dukane
Austin Dragovich … Robby
Steve Diasparra … Father Jonas
Kathryn Sue Young … Bonnie Dukane
Titus Himmelberger … Photographer
Yolie Canales … Mrs Humes
Ken Van Sant … Charles Humes (as Ken Vansant)
Todd Carpenter … Burglar
Claire Young … Daughter
Samantha Young … Daughter

Technical details:
1 hour 17 minutes

Film facts:
When the father is sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by whiskey bottles, all of the liquid in the bottles is clear. However, whiskey is not clear. Also, he is later shown guzzling clear liquid out of a Jägermeister bottle. Jäger is not clear either.


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