While the set-up of the first AMITY sequel plays on the true story of the Defeo family that occupied the Amity house prior to the Lutz family, it takes a turn for the worst and infuses the real-life events with over-the-top ghost gags and a blatant EXORCIST rip-off. Unlike the subdued effects in the original that subtly allude to the supernatural, THE POSSESSION finds household items strewn all about the house, heavy prosthetics work, and visual hallucinations that remove any chance of believability that this is based on real events. The film also touches on rumors that the children were having an incestuous love affair, making it feel like "FLOWERS IN THE AMITY ATTIC." From the start, there are no likable characters, only a scale that goes from "Most Unlikable" to "Least Unlikable." Though this does add to the unsettling nature of the film, it doesn't leave the audience with any identifiable characters. The first half almost proves to be watchable until we get some unflattering demonic possession in the oldest son, but once the (arguably) real events end at the hour mark, the film defies logic and continues on as an EXORCIST clone created with borrowed FX work and few scares. If taken out of the context of the real events, some fans might enjoy the increased action and gore in this sequel, but for my taste it moves too far away from everything that made the original great and instead proves to be nothing more than a cheap, boring cash-in.
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