Franchise Weekend – Amityville 3-D (1983)

Director: Richard Fleischer

Writer: William Wales (Screenplay)

Starring: Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy, Candy Clark, John Beal, Leora Dana, John Harkins, Meg Ryan

 

Plot: A reporter moves into the ominous Long Island house to debunk the recent supernatural events, and finds himself besieged by the evil manifestations which are connected to a hell-spawn demon lurking in the basement.


Tagline – Inside these walls, nothing is impossible …except survival.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Confusing & Messy

 

Story: Amityville 3-D starts when journalist John Baxter (Roberts) and his team Melanie (Clark), Elliot (Joy) expose the truth of the hoaxes going on inside the Amityville home, learning it is for sale, John who is going through a divorce from his wife Nancy (Harper) agrees to purchase the house, knowing there is no such thing as ghosts or demons.

It isn’t long until strange events start happening in the house again, with John needing to get to the bottom of the mystery about the Amityville horror when his daughter starts getting targeted by the spirits of the house.

 

Thoughts on Amityville 3-D

 

Characters – John Baxter has made a career debunking paranormal events, exposing frauds and this time he proves people are using the Amityville house for profit, he buys the house with plans to move in and write his book, he soon learns that the house inn hiding a paranormal spirit which he must escape from before it takes his daughter. Nancy is the soon to be ex-wife of John’s she doesn’t like his choice to move into that house believing in the events which have caused the home to have the reputation is has. Elliot is the man that can search through the photos that are not being developed in the way they should, he is the best in his field and can’t explain the events shown in the photos. Melanie is the partner of John’s she helps expose the truths only she has now become targeted by the spirits of the house too.

PerformancesTony Roberts is the strongest of a weak cast, he is solid enough with the rest of the leads being weak throughout the film. This film does have one of Meg Ryan’s first roles in film which is amazing when you see how bad this film is to how far she has gone.

StoryThe story here is, we are back in the Amityville house and with an original story that is about a journalist that wants to prove there is nothing haunting in the house. The problems mount up quickly in this film, mostly surrounding the deaths of characters which seem to have no consequences to our main characters, the idea is just lets do the same again, person along spooky goings on, with no scares about them. It is a rinse repeat formulaic story that bring nothing to the film and ends up feeling flat and uninspiring for the audience to get through.

HorrorThe horror in the film is mostly dream sequences, or just blasting the cast with what seems to be a leaf blower, it is slow and not interesting for the horror stand point of the film.

SettingsSet in the same house, we know by now what the haunting is, but for some reason we just keep getting characters who don’t believe, the house still looks scary but that is about it.

Special EffectsRemember when 3D was going to be a thing, well this is a result of those terrible effects that were being bought into movies in the 80s.


Scene of the Movie –
Debunking opening scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The rest.

Final ThoughtsThis is a boring horror film that just seems to bring the same story to the big screen with those terrible 3D effects that simply don’t work, it has only one strong point and that is giving Meg Ryan an early film role.

 

Overall: Poor and messy franchise killer.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – L – Life (2015)

Director: Anton Corbijn

Writer: Luke Davies (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher, Alessandra Mastronardi, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley

 

Plot: A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Look at the Hollywood Life

 

Story: Life starts as Dennis Stock (Pattinson) enters a party where fresh face actor James Dean (DeHaan) is away from the crowd which grabs the attention of Dennis who believes he can make James a star with a report in Life Magazine.

As Dennis looks to learn more about James he starts to put his career on the line as his boss John Morris (Edgerton) calls off the job unless James starts playing along because his attitude shows him distant from the rest of the Hollywood community as he is waiting to hear if he can get the role in Rebel Without a Cause. The two become friends and Dennis gets to look behind the curtain of the life of James Dean before he became the big star.

 

Thoughts on Life

 

Characters – James Dean is one of the most iconic actors of all time, taken too soon but seeing this we learn about the time before East of Eden was released as we focus on whether the film would make him the star, he comes off very isolated and not ready for the spotlight. Dennis is a young photographer looking to make a name for himself at Life Magazine where he is granted set access unlike many other reporters, he wants to be the man to get the first big story on James before he hits the big time but has his own life problems to deal with.

PerformanceRobert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan are both brilliant in this movie, they show that the two could be giving heavyweight performances for years to come.

StoryA film about Hollywood is not always the most interesting, focusing on a small part of an iconic actors life could also become a stumbling block, we do have mostly conversation about what the two men would like from this one article and see just how humble at times James Dean was. This won’t be for everyone because it does come off slow at times but is still interesting.

BiographyThis small snippet into James Dean’s life before super stardom is interesting because we could see this in many actors now and understand who they really are.

SettingsWe see how James Dean didn’t like the famous settings around a Hollywood stardom and this reflects in everything we have seen for the settings in this movie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does feel slow in places.

Final ThoughtsWonderfully acted look at one of the talents Hollywood lost to early.

 

Overall: Must watch for fans of Hollywood stories.

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