Monday, September 28, 2009

Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992)

A movie with a bad pun in the title should be destined to fail, and I know this will probably be an unpopular review, but I actually enjoy the hell out of this later sequel. It is only linked to the original film by an antique clock that sat in the Amity house, and while it has nothing else to do with the rest of the series, it does offer surprising gore, a decent pace, and it is entirely aware that it is not an important film while making no attempt to prove otherwise. What is the opposite of pretentious? Protentious? The film is protentious. There are plenty of "so bad it's good" moments between the deliciously over-the-top acting, clearly visible wire and FX work, and cheesy dialogue that make it difficult not to like. It also offers several simple but effective alternate timeline and reality sequences brought on by the evil clock that make smart use of the small budget. Ironically, this stupid cheapie Horror effort also draws from many classic Greek epic influences, including the young hero that must overcome insurmountable obstacles, the old sooth-sayer, the temptress, and others. It is by no means a good film, but its lighter tone mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor and gore make for an unexpectedly good time.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
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9 comments:

  1. You weren't kidding about having to see the movie, were you? I'm almost surprised that you would be willing to risk it after my review. Good for you!

    The movie is still pretty bad. Some of those gore scenes are so dramatic, while most of the movie is dull. What an odd contrast.

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  2. I kind of liked this one, too. Isn't this the one where an ornament from an ice cream truck (or something like that) gets stabbed into the top of someones head?

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  3. How could I resist? It was about.. TIME I rewatched this one! Ah ah ah..

    Theres really no reason I should ever like it, but considering the other offerings in the series, this is really the only one that is any fun. The rest range from just terrible to incestuously serious.

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  4. One in the same, first the crazed old woman cackles at saving herself from the rogue diaper mobile, then the stork is all like BAM, deadified. It also has the gratuitous dog bite scene and the random Dick Miller cameo

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  5. Hmmmm, I never saw this one, but your review has definitely got me interested. On to Netflix...

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  6. I have avoided this one for ever....and it will likely stay that way :D No, cause I like your reviews, I am off to add it to my ridculously long Netflix que. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!

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  7. Anyone daring enough to purchase the last three sequels can find a three pack online including this, NEXT GENERATION, and DOLLHOUSE, I will be sure to post the link for that one vs the individual titles on the next two Amazon links, i think the set can be found for under $10 online

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  8. This was the last entry in the Amityville series that I attempted to watch. And I am happy to say that I did make it all of the way through. Why you ask? One reason: Megan Ward. 'Nuff said.

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