Ever since Shout Factory launched Scream Factory they have been churning out the classics. Usually they are single movies or two movie sets featuring a couple of cult hits, but their latest steps things up a notch by bringing The Amityville Horror series together for the first time on Blu-ray in a deluxe collector’s set.
The original classic The Amityville Horror follows the Lutz family who move into a colonial house that was amazingly affordable. Of course, six brutal murders had taken place there just a year before and soon the Lutz dream house becomes a hellish nightmare, as walls begin to drip blood and satanic forces threaten to destroy them. Now the family must try to escape or forfeit their lives – and their souls! This classic horror film is more of an acquired taste due to its pacing and format. The film is really not all that scary, even for the time it was made, but still manages to be effective. The slow build works well, but has always suffered from getting lost in itself with little happening for quite some time and once it does it seems to end all of a sudden. Despite what issues this film may have it still delivers a decent possession film that maintains a fan base and iconic status. The visuals to the film look great with a beautiful hi-def transfer and includes interviews, commentaries, trailers, TV and radio spots as well as the “For God’s Sake, Get OU!” documentary.
With Amityville II: The Possession they took the prequel approach telling the story of the Montellis who are not exactly the “perfect family,” but at least they’ve found the perfect home. And even though a liquid that looks a lot like blood starts gushing from the kitchen faucet and every window has been nailed shut, it still qualifies as their dream house – until all hell breaks loose! A local priest tries to rid the house of unclean spirits, but what he doesn’t yet suspect is that teenage son Sonny Montelli has been possessed by a murderous demon hell-bent on total destruction. While not as popular as the original this latest entry actually delivered way more as far as the horror aspect. It does play up as more camp now a days, but they were clearly trying a more visually graphic film. There are some classic practical creature effects here that step this film up to just a fun piece of nostalgia above all else. Despite the film featuring Burt Young (Rocky) in a rare bad guy type role, the performances are all pretty bad. They are so over the top that it is pretty laughable at times, but makes for some pretty cheesy fun. This disk includes the beautiful hi-def transfer as well as interviews, commentaries, and theatrical trailer.
Finally in the third film in the series Amityville 3D follows journalist John Baxter who buys the place and settles in to write his first novel. But as soon as the ink on the deed has dried, people who have come into contact with him – and the house – begin to meet with a shocking fate. Is it coincidence… or is this house really the gateway to hell? This film was the first original story in the trilogy and somewhat stands a part. Not that it’s any better it is just a completely different style film. This one seemed to take the tone of both of the previous entries and try to combine them using the slow build approach as well as the effects to create something different, but still feel like it is a part of the same world. This time around they also added the popular element of 3D in hopes to make for a more enhanced horror experience. The film itself is ok, but it’s fun to watch these old horror films for not just the nostalgia of it all, but to see appearances by then little known actors in this case including Lori Loughlin and Meg Ryan. In addition to the beautiful hi-def transfer this Blu-ray also includes interviews, theatrical trailers, and for the first time both 2D and 3D vesions of the film on Blu-ray.
As if this classic film collection featuring the most famous haunting of all-time wasn’t enough of a reason to pick it up, Scream Factory will be a limited edition 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork while supplies last if you order directly from ScreamfactoryDVD.com. Be sure to grab your copy when The Amityville Trilogy collection hits stores on October 1st.
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