Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989)

Written and directed by Sandor Stern. Starring Patty Duke, Jane Wyatt, Fredric Lehne, Brandy Gold, Zoe Trilling, Aron Eisenberg and Norman Lloyd.

Plot: a widow and her three children move in with her mother, putting them all at risk, after the mother receives a gift from the Amityville house.

The Amityville sequels really needed to pack it in already, but the people kept making more and we’re not sure why. In this movie, a group of priests exorcise the Amityville house so that it and everything in it is clean. Well, they fail, of course. And after the exorcism, there’s a yard sale to clean out the house and a woman buys a lamp and then sends it to her sister, Alice (Wyatt), who lives all the way across the country in California.

Meanwhile, the widowed Nancy (Duke) and her three children, Amanda (Trilling), Brian (Eisenberg) and Jessica (Gold), move in with Alice, who is Nancy’s mother. They all unpack the lamp together and the bird goes crazy, the cat scratches Amanda, Nancy thinks it’s a hideous lamp, but Jessica is strangely drawn to it. She begins to see her dead father when she looks at the lamp and eventually she becomes a little devil child, wrecking havok as much as she can.

DJ did not like how much power the lamp had, and I agreed with him after the lamp drove the plumbers van away from the house with a mere “thought”. We didn’t give a damn about the lackluster rules. Everyone’s a schmuck a little bit, so the Freddy Claws sucks. The ending is laughable and makes no sense. It’s also unrealistic as all hell, but it is unintentionally funny. We’ll give it that. Sadly, that’s all we can give it.

Our score: 35.

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