The Halloween Top 13: The Devil Made Me Do It #8: The Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Though the roman numerals for '2' are tacked on after the title, Amityville II might have been better off just using The Possession as its lone subtitle. The events in the film detail what happened in the Amityville house before the Lutz family moves into the home. The house was owned by the DeFeo family who lived there until their mass murder at the hands of their teenage son, which was alluded to in the first film. Based on the sensational book Murder in Amityville by parapsychologist Hans Holzer, Amityville II: The Possession attempts to explain why Butch DeFeo killed his whole family. In keeping with the supernatural miasma that made the first installment of the book and movie successful, the author speculates (under the guise of psychic knowledge) that Butch DeFeo was demonically possessed by the entity that lives in the basement of the home. The Lutz family wanted nothing to do with this sequel. George Lutz wanted it to be based on the book The Amityville Horror Part II by John G. Jones and sued successfully to have posters posted in theaters bearing the inscription, "This film has no association with George or Kathy Lutz."
Sequels list.) The original has '70's movie making & James Brolin's beard going for it. What Amityville II does have is gory makeup effects, a compelling story-line, and Jack Magner using his boyish good looks to demonic ends. Plus the original film is all about spirits and flies in the window where the sequel/prequel brings a demon out to play in the world. So there you have it, I have used the power of Christ to compel this review to come out, and it has possessed you all for six paragraphs now. If that's not scary, I don't know what is.
That wraps it up for The Halloween Top 13: The Devil Made Me Do It for today. Join me back here tomorrow for #7 on the countdown, but before you go, scroll down under the trailer for the first reader submitted list. Oh and before it gets mentioned, the house in the film is actually 18 Brooks Drive in Toms River, New Jersey as it was in the first. Just in case, I wouldn't move in there either.
Halloween Top 13: The Devil Made Me Do It- READER LIST
Today, my good pal Morgan Rankin of The Kid in the Hall blog and The Bloodsprayer has submitted her list. If you're not checking her stuff out on her sites, then you're really missing out. Morgan is one of the greatest young writers doing this dang thing right now, and that's a fact. Without further ado, here's her 13.