There is something to be said for the brave that were willing to over look the Amityville houses history…and that is are you freaking crazy! In “Amityville: The Awakening” yet another sucker is drawn in by that low, low price and moves into the house seemingly unaware of the history of the illustrious house (not so much a spoiler but someone knew what had happened and still moved in anyway…what a whackadoo!). Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Twin Peaks“, “LBJ“) is desperate to save her brain-damaged son, James (Cameron Monaghan, “Shameless“, “Gotham“) and moves her family to Amityville to be near doctors that she believes could help her family (is that the only reason though, you find out something very sinister later). The entire family is not on board with this move, Belle (Bella Thorne, “Famous in Love“, “Boo! A Medea Halloween“) the young boys twin is like ever other angst ridden teen longing to be where her friends are and the friction between her and her mother is obvious. Not only does Belle not want to be there but in her own way she feels that keeping her brother alive in this state is cruel and wishes the family could just move on. Sensing an open vessel and a family ripe for its agenda the evil spirit that had years before possessed young Ronnie DeFeo begins to worm its way into James’ mind. Soon strange dreams plague Belle and even stranger things begin to happen within the walls of 112 Ocean Ave yet again. Unsure of what she’s been feeling and seeing Belle soon befriends a couple of locals, Terrence (Thomas Mann, “Kong: Skull Island“, “Beautiful Creatures“) and Marissa (Taylor Spreitler, “Melissa & Joey“, “Kevin Can Wait“). Belle’s new friends are quick to tell her the tale of what allegedly happened within her new homes walls from fact to the Hollywood version of the tale. Now afraid that what she has been experiencing is real Belle goes on a hunt for the red room and sure enough finds it. Belle now aware of what the house is planning must race to save her family. Will the evil cycle repeat itself?
“Amityville: The Awakening” like all sequels suffers from sever familiarity and where the movie plays it off with the introduction of its predecessors it still mostly feels like a rehashing of the same old same old. Don’t get me wrong it is a fun movie to watch especially around Halloween and there are a few things that “Amityville: The Awakening” does well, but if you have seen one movie you have seen them all. The back story is mildly interesting and the twist that occurs towards the end of the film is unique but none of this is different enough to warrant any type of outstanding praise. the cast does a good job with what they were given and the effects are fairly well done. The one thing that the movie does do exceptionally well is the use of light and dark to incite fear. The overall construction of the film is passable and in truth the film is just kinda mediocre…not good, not bad just kind of there.
“Amityville: The Awakening” is one of those filler movies you use to round out your Halloween night festivities and that’s okay because we need those too. Adding this movie into your mini fright fest won’t disappoint you but it won’t be the one that kills them all. If your just looking for an easy film that has some entertainment value then “Amityville: The Awakening” could be what you’re looking for, just don’t expect to be blown away sit back and relax and just enjoy the movie for what it is…a carbon copy of the rest of the franchise with just a few twists that you may or may not see coming.