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This film has a good scene of when the demon physically leaves the older sons body.
The Montelli's family move into the old Amityville house and immediately things start to not feel so right. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose! Will History repeat its self once more?
Amityville 2: The Possession appears to take place before the Lutz family moved in. The Montelli’s move into the creepy looking old home with their 4 children. Two small children, a boy and girl and two teenagers. Immediately things start to not feel so right within the home.
The family constantly bickers. The father, who seemed to be unstable as it is before they moved in, only seemingly gets worse. And the older son eventually becomes possessed. Now the film doesn’t come right out and say it, but you get the sense that the Montelli’s are actually supposed to be portraying the DeFeo family. A very loosely based portrayal I want to add. But you will understand what I mean if you see the movie.
Amityville 2: The Possession was released September 24, 1981. It was directed by Damiano Damiani. And written by Tommy Lee Wallace.
This movie seems very loosely based on the family that lived in the house just before the Lutz family. So that’s one of the reasons why you get the sense this family, the Montellis, might actually be portraying the DeFeo’s. There are several similarities between the two families. If indeed the Montelli’s are supposed to be the DeFeo’s, the story is mostly fiction.
What is similar, is the unstable relationship between the older son and father. The older son hearing voices. And the biggest connection, the older son ultimately killing his whole family with shooting them.
George Lutz ended up suing the producer Dino De Laurentis because he decided to go with a sequel based on Murder In Amityville and not base it off the book, The Amityville Horror Part 2. But George lost the suit. Technically this film has no real affiliation with the Lutz family. And there are minor inconsistencies between this film and the movie The Amityville Horror.
But other then that, the movie did quite well at the box office despite a lot of negative reviews. For a horror movie this film seems to deal with a lot of sensitive issues. Like for instance, the father slapping his youngest children across the face, quite hard actually. And going at them relentlessly, is bordering child abuse. You see him attack his wife too. Which you could blame it on the house having a negative affect on him yes, but you get an overwhelming sense at the beginning that the father isn’t very stable to begin with and you start to wonder if this is the first time he has raised his hand to his wife and children or is there a history of abuse way before they moved into the hell house.
Also, you seem to sense a sexual attraction between the two older siblings at the beginning of the film. Which also starts to make you wonder how long that feeling has been lingering around before they moved into the Amityville house. Its not long before the siblings give in to temptation and go through with having sex. By that time the older boy was influenced by an evil spirit yes, but the older sister was not and she completely complied with her brothers wishes by removing her clothes and exposing herself to him. Later in the film you come to realize that she had no remorse or guilt for what happened and you kinda get the feeling she would do it again. So there is something that wasn’t quite right with the Montelli’s family in the first place. At least that is my observation and opinion.
Anyway, the movie is pretty good despite the moral issues at hand. There is no overly theatrical scary exorcism in this movie if your wondering. There is however a decent scene of the demon physically leaving the older boys body. In my opinion there wasn’t a lot of scares here, more creepy feelings then anything else. Some tension in spots and you might cringe at the incestuous scenes.
The same music score that was used in The Amityville Horror was also used in this film. The ending I felt, was disappointing. I think there could have been an ending that was a lot better then this. Which I won’t go into it just in case someone hasn’t seen this film and decides to check it out. It is worth a watch, so I would recommend it. Just don’t expect to much from this.
There are also plenty of sequels to choose from after this one!
James Olson as Father Adamsky
Burt Young as Anthony Montelli
Rutanya Alda as Dolores Montelli
Jack Magner as Sonny Montelli
Andrew Prine as Father Tom
Diane Franklin as Patricia Montelli
Moses Gunn as Detective Turner