AMITYVILLE KAREN (2022) Review of comedy horror movie

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Amityville Karen is a 2022 American comedy horror film about an unpleasant woman who pays dearly for stealing a bottle of cursed wine.

Directed by and co-starring Shawn C. Phillips (director of Amityville Shark House; Amityville Bigfoot; Scream Bloody Murder) from a screenplay written by Julie Anne Prescott (Amityville Bigfoot; Night of the Zomghouls).

The movie also stars James Duval, Lauren Francesca, Dawna Lee Heising and Mike Ferguson.

Every neighbourhood has a Karen (Lauren Francesca), and Amityville is no exception. When stealing a cursed bottle of wine from a struggling local winery, Karen soon finds that the price to pay is far more dangerous than your average hangover. Everyone in her path becomes prey, and not even a manager can be called in to stop her…

” …this movie may not need to be an hour and forty-five minutes. It could get tighter, but that said, it does have a death by corkscrew, which is always something that I enjoy in a film […] This is Phillips’ first solo film and he was wise to get Francesca as his lead. She’s really great in the role and is understated when you expect this to be out of control the whole time.” B&S About Movies

Amityville Karen shows flashes of talent and does have the occasional scene that hits the mark. Unfortunately, it never manages to string enough of them together to overcome the script’s flaws. And as a final insult to the viewer, it ends on a series of mostly awful segments that look like “be in the movie” perks from the crowdfunding campaign.” 1.5/5, Voices from the Balcony

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Amityville Karen is now available to order on limited edition Blu-ray with extras from SRS Cinema

Cast and characters:
James Duval … TBC
Lauren Francesca … Karen
Dawna Lee Heising … Chloe
Shawn C. Phillips … Alex
Mike Ferguson … The Captain
Niko El Santo Zavero … Mike Walters
Caleb Thomas
Bill Victor Arucan … Newscaster
Jennifer Nangle
G. Larry Butler … Claude
Dustin Clingan … Pool Boy
Bryant Smith … Doug
Ashleeann Cittell … Helen
Tom Harold Batchelder … Harold
Lilith Stabs
Ted Sterner … Mr Wentworth
Steven Haar … Feldman Haim
Carl Solomon
Aric Garcia … Orville
Auzi Capri … Moe
Brandon Krum … Warren
Ryan Stockstad … Bjorn

Filming locations:
San Diego, California

Technical details:
1 hour 44 minutes (!)
Aspect ratio: 16:9

$230,000 (estimated)

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