‘Hell has come to feed’
An Amityville Poltergeist is a 2020 American horror film about a young man who suffers a weekend of horrors after taking a house sitting job.
Written and directed by Calvin Morie McCarthy (Mutant Vampires from the Planet Neptune; Jesus I Was Evil; Spunk’s Not Dead) with additional dialogue by Jon Ashley Hall. The Seventh Street Productions movie stars Parris Bates, Sydney Winbush, J Rebecca Morse, Conor Austin, Jesse Sass, Airisa Durand and Jon Hall.
A young man named Jim (Parris Bates) encounters a weekend of horrors after taking a housesitting job from a spooky old woman. While interviewing for the housesitting job, the old woman says that she is not scared about anyone getting into the house, she is more afraid about what is already in the house. As day turns to night, doors start slamming, steps begin to creak, and the ghosts come out to play or kill…
“Would it shock you to learn the neon green cast has little to no previous acting experience? Between professional Panavision camera with color-corrected cinematography and shot-on-digital flatness largely reliant on natural light, which way do you think this film leans?” Culture Crypt
“The scares do have their moments in the film. Most of the time it’s just a quick jump scare, but it’s really the music throughout that does most of the heavy lifting there […]This one is not even really worth watching. It’s boring to get through and the scares are not worth the plot.” Horror Buzz
“It’s a lot of talking, story progression and the build to climax with tidbits of scary tones interlaced. Plus, you never see anything as gnarly as the DVD cover photo. A good movie nonetheless, but nothing to do with Amityville Horror. Take out the disturbing scenes and this one could exist entirely as a dark drama.” Horror Society
“Amityville Poltergeist was quite slow in dishing out the moments of horror and when they did come they were never that original, even if sometimes they were nice recreations of scenes from other movies. The core cast were fine but with a story that was so hard to follow it was hard to really care too much about any of them.” The Rotting Zombie
“Amityville Poltergeist is so fixated on mental health and gun ownership issues that going into the last few minutes of the film I wasn’t even sure if there was a ghost. We do get an answer in the final frame, but it’s never explained just what was going on or why […] It’s competently made and it does have some effective moments. It just doesn’t have enough of them to keep the film from getting lost in its non-horror elements.” Voices from the Balcony
Breaking Glass Pictures (BGC) will release Amityville Poltergeist On-Demand and on DVD on May 18th 2021.
Collin [Conor Austin]: “God. That girl. She could suck the varnish off of a footstool! I think I’m going to have to marry her.”
Cast and characters (alphabetical):
Conor Austin … Collin
Parris Bates … Jim
Airisa Durand … Donna
Jon Ashley Hall … Jason
Rebecca Kimble … Eunice
Natalie Lucia … Ghost Voice (voice)
Calvin Morie McCarthy … Pizza guy
Alex Onda … Alex
Jason Reynolds … Roy
Sydney Winbush … Alyson
Aspect ratio: 2:35: 1
Audio: 5.1 Surround
The movie was shot as No Sleep which changed to Don’t Sleep during post-production. Distributors Breaking Glass Pictures changed the title to An Amityville Poltergeist but have marketed it as Amityville Poltergeist.
Parris Bates’ character Jim watches Horrors of Spider Island on TV.
MOVIES and MANIA says:
Ignore the patently misleading An Amityville Poltergiest foisted upon this film by its distributors, it’s actually a downbeat (some might say morose) study of disaffected people with the supernatural elements presented more as a backdrop or catalyst for the psychological proceedings. And there’s a convoluted timeline that requires patience to follow.
Whether you are willing to countenance such an approach will depend on your willingness to go with 89 minutes worth of “stress, anxiety” and “resentment”. Some may find it a worthwhile low-budget life study while most will feel it’s just a slog with an uninspiring central character.