“…leads on that she knows a lot more about an evil presence in the home…”
Now, to be totally fair, there is a good idea here. An endless parade of screenwriters has tinkered with the Amityville legend with pretty crumby results overall. Here Farrands has the novel approach of examining what started it all, and looking to the possible reasons an otherwise normal kid would murder everyone in his family. There are a few scenes between Robinson and Ricketts in the small secret room from which the evil seems to emanate. This movie might have done well to pare everything down and keep things there in the room, with the two troubled teens searching for a way out of their abusive family situation.
In the end, what’s left is yet another bad Amityville movie that fails to entertain or scare. Still, the house does look scary. Maybe if they try one more time…
The Amityville Murders (2018) Directed by Daniel Farrands. Written by Daniel Farrands. Starring John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Lainie Kazan, Zane Austin, Kue Lawrence.
2 out of 10 stars