“Amityville Poltergeist”: Where is the horror?

Here’s a typical horror movie with perhaps a twist which might be totally out in leftfield but when you make a movie be prepared for possible multiple interpretations.

Quickly then to the plot. After losing his mother to cancer Jim (Parris Bates) moves out of town leaving his father and sister behind. He hangs with Collin (Connor Austin) and Alyson (Sydney Winbush). These twenty somethings are stoners and drinkers seeming accomplishing nothing but getting stoned.

Jim needs cash so he lands a housesitting job while its elder owner moves in with her daughter Donna. Tony, her son, arranged the housesitting gig. She says to Jim I am afraid of what is in here and you’ll see it to. So we have ghouls appearing on television, smoke seeping under doors, a headless woman clumping up the stairs and very creepy music. Hardly terrifying. One can’t tell if Jim is dreaming or if these strange events are actually occurring.

If there are ghouls in the house they attach and transported into other homes of some of the unfortunate visitors to the house. Alyson returns home and is terrified of the ghoul she has seen and heads over to Jim at his house-sitting gig.

Prior to that the elderly lady’s grand nephew succumbs to her nagging about her fear and need for a gun and buys her her a pistol and you kind of suspect the real horror is about to begin. My take on this movie is the horror of gun violence in the United States and if you jump in terror it is not with all the usual horror movie schtick but the horror of gun violence.

Parris Bates plays the lost soul Jim perfectly and Winbush is one naughty girl and she plays that to the hilt. The rest of the cast is a bit stiff. For stoners their smoking of weed is unrealistic. For the real thing you “stoners” see “Easy Rider”.

You can see this on DVD and VOD on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Playstation and some local and satellite providers starting May 18th. Directed and written by Calvin McCarthy. You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OvS3EVRD0A

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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