AMITYVILLE 1992: IT’S ABOUT TIME (1992) Reviews and overview

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‘The terror returns… With a vengeance.’
Amityville 1992: It’s About Time is a 1992 American horror film about an architect who buys an old clock possessed by a demonic presence. Soon, the clock begins to alter time and space and starts to possess members of the household.

Directed by Tony Randel (Rattled; Ticks; Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth; Children of the Night; Hellraiser II: Hellbound) from a screenplay co-written by Christopher DeFaria and Antonio Toro, based on a novel by John G. Jones. Produced by co-writer Christopher DeFaria and John G. Jones.

The movie stars Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward, Damon Martin and Jonathan Penner. Dick Miller has a cameo role.

The soundtrack score was composed by Daniel Licht (Dexter series; Bad Moon; Thinner; Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest; Necronomicon: Book of Dead).

” …it’s bargain-basement haunted house effects all the way down, dashed-off & textureless lighting, and perilously dumb writing […] At any rate, it paints a relatively persuasive picture of passive-aggressive adult behavior, in between the thoroughly unfrightening scare scenes, and that’s kind of unusual and neat to have in your schlocky horror movie.” Alternate Ending

“This may have been a direct-to-video sequel, but it doesn’t hold back on the effects, fun, and zany plot that a haunted clock presents. Time travel, hallucinations, and an expanding mythology means that this sequel may very well be one of horror’s most underrated. Even better? The death count is higher, and there’s a fun cameo by Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Howling, Demon Knight).” Bloody Disgusting

“If not for the tenuous connection to the Amityville Horror franchise, I suspect this picture might have more of a cult following […] It’s About Time is a charming, if unspectacular, B-movie with a delightfully silly plot and several fun moments featuring special effects by KNB EFX Group (From Dusk Till Dawn, Scream), the most memorable of which sees a character melting into the floor.” Broke Horror Fan

” …Amityville 1992: It’s About Time may be the best film the franchise ever produced. At the film’s core is a fine cheese, the very kind that typified early 90’s horror. Effects are championed and scares tend to be of the milder variety. When the scares aren’t the fake-out-grab-your-shoulder-and-startle-you kind, they’re quick jumps with little build-up.” The Dead Ward

“The director of 1988’s Hellbound: Hellraiser II has fun with the premise and ups the ante from The Evil Escapes thanks to bloodletting and makeup f/x by KNB. A brief turn by Dick Miller doesn’t hurt either, but while the main cast can’t compete with that legend they do perfectly serviceable work falling prey to possession, hallucination, and seduction.” Film School Rejects

“This movie is a wackadoo delight. Like I said, it makes not a single lick of sense, but it is totally enjoyable, off-the-wall crazy schlock […] It’s surprisingly gory at times, there’s a toddler with a mullet, and there’s a scene where a girl gets finger banged by her own reflection.” Final Girl

“The proceedings are pretty bloody, which one expects from Hellbound: Hellraiser II director Tony Randel. However, thanks to a leaden script, you feel like the movie might be a victim of the clock’s time/dimension rift as well. But moments are moments, and the bare, sweaty, hanging bosom of Ms Weatherly (Police Academy 3: Back in Training) certainly counts for something.” Flick Attack

“It has lots going against it, the actors aren’t the best in the world and the script by Christopher DeFaria and Antonio Toro isn’t that interesting, but director Tony Randel also paces everything perfectly and includes that savage dog attack, a transition from plain Jane to sexy siren for Megan Ward and one or two decent moments of gory fun.” For It Is Man’s Number

“The ugly clock drilling its way into the mantelpiece gives a hint of the damage-based horror in which the picture could have gone, but most of the movie is just a succession of strange events befalling these people, without any internal logic behind it whatever!” Ha ha, it’s Burl!

“The film gets much sillier when it is required to rely on the usual barrage of slime and makeup effects, it falling down here because these are not particularly good. Especially poor is the body that comes out of the bath after Jonathan Penner and, in particular, the silly scene where Megan Ward’s boyfriend is melted down to a flattened face in a puddle of goo. Mostly though, the film is enjoyably enthusiastic fun.” Moria

“All sorts of nasty evil follows the clock’s arrival, including some fantastic gore effects and a truly inventive kill involving a garage drain. Writers Christopher DeFaria and Antonio Toro (Amityville: A New Generation) have a lot of fun with both the family concepts central to the franchise and with time travel ideas, all payed off well by director Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II).” Nightmare on Film Street

“Some decidedly nasty gore set pieces make it an okay trash film and there are a few neat ideas with the way that the clock affects those in the home that are swatted around the movie, but it’s not enough to really save it. The acting is bad, the storyline is predictable, and the premise more than a little goofy.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“A few moments of horror can’t salvage the sloppy plot and yet another terrible cast. Almost fun in a cheesy way, but too dull.” Splatter Critic

“Lighter in tone, this 5th sequel might be the most accessible, displaying relatable family situations, set in a modern context, and laid back about its threat until the last act. Too bad it relies on dialogue to justify its running time […] When stripped of all the gratuitous effects, there is simply no meat left on this funny bone.” Tales of Terror

It’s About Time is a little more fun than your average Amityville sequel, thanks to the playful tone and director Tony (Hellbound:  Hellraiser 2) Randel’s staging of a handful of amusing set-pieces. It’s a shame the lackluster finale goes on too long and suffers from some pure stupidity.” The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:
Stephen Macht … Jacob Sterling
Shawn Weatherly … Andrea Livingston
Megan Ward … Lisa Sterling
Damon Martin … Rusty Sterling
Jonathan Penner … Doctor Leonard Stafford
Nita Talbot … Mrs Iris Wheeler
Dean Cochran … Andy
Terrie Snell … Mrs Tetmann
Kevin Bourland … Officer #1
Margarita Franco … Officer #2
William Jackson … Officer #3 (as William B. Jackson)
Willie C. Carpenter … Doctor
Dick Miller … Mr Andersen
Alan Berman … Van Driver
Dylan Milo … Baby Rusty

In the USA, the film was released direct-to-video in 1992 by Republic Pictures Home Video. Lionsgate Home Entertainment released it on DVD as Amityville: It’s About Time, with “1992” removed from the title, in July 2005.

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