Amityville 3-D (1983)

Directed by Robert Fleischer. Written by David Ambrose. Starring Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy, Lori Loughlin, Meg Ryan, John Harkins and Candy Clark.

Plot: an investigative reporter purchases the Amityville house while getting a divorce and finds that the supernatural stories are true.

The movie opens with a seance being performed in the Amityville house with two debunkers proving a “psychic” to be a fraud. Once they do, the one debunker, a journalist named John (Roberts), decides to buy the house since he needs a cheap place to live after his divorce. But the inexpensive comes at a price. And soon his partner, Melanie (Clark), is attacked in the house and runs screaming from it. She’s honestly the best character. She’s hysterical and realistic. And not a lot of the other characters are.

Realism is thrown out the window with this film. It’s very unrealistic. The reactions to things are delayed or just altogether bad. And in this movie, you don’t even have to be in the house to be haunted and affected. You can be killed while driving away or boating with friends. The direction is horrible, too. There’s way too many exterior shots of the house for no reason.

There’s some decent acting, but the end makes no sense. We don’t recommend this one.

Our score: 32.

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