Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dustin Ferguson: The Amityville Legacy

Welcome back everyone. Sorry for the no-show on Friday but it was my lady's day off and we decided to go out and do dating fun for the day. Now this next flick gets mixed reviews on IMDB. I have read everything from insensitive comments about a "Gay Agenda" to none of the crew or cast should ever give up their day job. Firstly, I have no idea what a gay agenda even means and secondly this cast and crew bust ass with a finite budget. To which I say to the naysayers, "Write it, direct and star in it if you can do so much better." Today's moving picture is linked with the ominious to the DeFeo home of Amityville in the form of an antique toy monkey once resided in said home. Soon enough it starts effecting the gifted and those around it. This is Amityville Legacy.

Hehe, ain't I a stinker?

It's 1974 and Mr. Defeo (Eric Moyer of Blood Rites, Flyover Country, Shivers Down Your Spine: Birthday Dinner, The Eyes of Isabelle, Cheerleader Camp: To the Death, Blood Claws and Camp Blood 5) is cleaning house with a 30.30 systematically blasting those that are sleeping snug in their beds or so it would be perceived. Yes I do feel some Wilhelm stock screams could assist or just the actors/actresses getting a good ADR scream going can always help but honestly that is just an afterthought as Defeo is making the rounds to every room, we finish hearing a little girl scream and another blast.

Okay campers, let's get to Perkins!

40 years later, a family get together is under way and with it all the usual tension as the kids and their significant others are heading home for a home cooked meal and celebrate their dad Mark's (Mark Popejoy of Die Sister, Die!, The Eyes of Isabelle, Gloved Murderess and Shivers Down Your Spine)50th birthday.

Family roll call!  Aunt Cheyenne (Cheyenne King of Fist of the Vampire, Demons Rising, Scamelot, Terrible Angels and The Amityville Legacy) is a bit of a lush, young Britany (Britany Dailey of Blood Rites, Cheerleader Camp: To the Death, Shockumentary and The Amityville Legacy) appears to be 6 months along with child and gasp; no hubby, heart of gold and responsible one Julia (Julia Farrell of Flyover Country, The Eyes of Isabelle, Shivers Down Your Spine:Whispering Board, Cheerleader Camp: To the Death, Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival and Demon Dolls) brother Tony (Terrorphobia, Camp Blood 4, The Amityville Legacy and the Coldest Blood)and his boyfriend Jade (Jade Michael LaFont of The Inherited, Night of the Demons, Wolvesbayne, Evil Deads 2, Evil Deeds 3, Evil Deeds: Full Circle, Camp Blood 4 and The Slayer) Jennii, the bad girl and budding lush (The Legacy of Boggy Creek, Silly Scaries, Escape to Black Tree Forest, Doll Killer, Die Sister, Die!, Gloved Murderess and Silent Night Bloody Night2: Revival) Breana (Breana Mitchell of Black Forest II, Doll Killer, Die Sister, Die!, Gloved Murderess, Cheerleader Camp: To the Death, Invitation to Die, Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival, and Blood Claws)and her analytical boyfriend Dan (Daniel Steir of The Amityville Legacy) and mischievous cousin Schyular (Schyular Craig of Shockumentary, Blood Claws, Camp Blood 4, Camp Blood 5, The Amityville Legacy and Blood Model). Presents are doled out and yes as per usual he get at least one crappy tie. If you love your father, don't give the crappy tie. The eerie toy monkey makes to light and reminds Mark of the one he had as a boy.


Mark starts seeing Defeo slipping into his madness and Defeo even offers him his 30.30 as a present to take them all out. The music and lighting get downright chilling. The flies start into Mark's mind as he is slowly going off the rails and his dead father visits him telling what a failure he is and how his family needs to die.

Love the red and blue lighting in the background, kind of an Argento feel to the movie, the synthesizer is a nice touch to add atmosphere and keep in mind, less violence is always better with psychological thriller and supernatural as your own brain fills in the blanks. The aerial shots looks like a drone being put to good use and maybe some cherry picker truck work really brings some great cinematography.

 Popejoy truly looks like he is coming apart at the seams and hellbent to remove anything and everything out of his way.   It pays homage to the series and there was no crappy 3-D effects or a satanic lamp trying to do everyone in so honestly pretty enjoyable.    Oh FYI, that evil lamp comment was not a joke.  Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)   Yup, a producer spent money on that idea.  

I sat through The Amityville Terror with a budget gauged at $500,000 and while the cast and crew were competent, the film had no set pace or real direction sense. Yet this movie with a limited budget, collective alumni of Ferguson and time constraints due to lives being lived still manages to deliver.

Seriously this house needs an exorcist!