An evil looking lamp is purchased and sent from one sister to another as a gag gift. This lamp was how the priest was hurt and he knows that the evil of the house escaped into it. Oh see now the title makes sense. The lamp arrives at a new house on the west coast and starts to haunt the family that lives there. Patty Duke is a recently widowed mother of three who has moved back in with her mom, played by Hollywood Legend Jane Wyatt. Some bad stuff happens, they blame each other, and then finally the priest shows up and the lamp is defeated. Or is it? I think there is an evil cat or something right before the credits roll.
This movie has a solid cast which is totally wasted on a script that meanders pointlessly from one boring scene to another. This is a “spooky” movie that spends more time on how grandma doesn’t approve of how the kids dress then it does on the ghost/demon that is supposedly haunting the family. While Wyatt and Duke are really good actresses, I found their scenes to be flat and honestly didn’t care about the family dynamic. I signed up for a horror movie, not a Hallmark flick where they have to settle their differences so they can live as a happy family unit again.
If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m not a fan of Amityville: The Evil Escapes. I had hoped that this far away from the original “true” story they would have finally spent some time coming up with scares and creepy stuff. But I supposed asking that from a ghost/demonic possession flick is asking too much. Pass on this one. Next up is Amityville 5 aka. The Amityville Curse.
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