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Amityville 3-D (1983)

PG | | Horror | 18 November 1983 (USA)
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.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writer:

David Ambrose (as William Wales)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Roberts ... John Baxter
Tess Harper ... Nancy Baxter
Robert Joy ... Elliot West
Candy Clark ... Melanie
John Beal ... Harold Caswell
Leora Dana ... Emma Caswell
John Harkins ... Clifford Sanders
Lori Loughlin ... Susan Baxter
Meg Ryan ... Lisa
Neill Barry ... Jeff
Peter Kowanko Peter Kowanko ... Roger (as Pete Kowanko)
Frederikke Borge Frederikke Borge ... Elliot's Assistant (as Rikke Borge)
Carlos Romano Carlos Romano ... David Cohler
Josefina Echánove ... Dolores (as Josephina Echanove)
Jorge Zepeda Jorge Zepeda ... Van Driver
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Storyline

Convinced that the horrible rumours about the bloody DeFeo murders and the evil Amityville House are nothing but an elaborate hoax, the inquisitive Reveal Magazine journalist, John Baxter, decides to buy it as an investment. Now, as troubling supernatural incidents and death stain the new residence, John stubbornly insists to remain apathetic, even after yet another tragedy sends his ex-wife, Nancy, one step before madness. However, an ancient evil lies at the root of the problem. What is the dark secret of the most horrific house on earth? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sequel | photograph | death | ghost | fear | See All (32) »

Taglines:

This picture is not a sequel to the pictures "Amityville Horror" or "Amityville II: The Possession" See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amityville 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,366,472, 20 November 1983

Gross USA:

$6,333,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,333,135
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

MGM Home Entertainment originally released the DVD with the theatrical title "Amityville 3-D" on the box artwork (also the title on the opening title card of the film itself). However they received many complaints as the film wasn't actually in 3-D and some even mistakenly mistook the release as a 3-D version of the original 1979 film "The Amityville Horror". Due to this they re-released the DVD with the foreign territory title "Amityville III: The Demon" on the box artwork despite the film itself retaining "Amityville 3-D" on the title card. See more »

Goofs

When the evil forces caused the elevator to malfunction, the man inside is shown pressed against the ceiling as the elevator is rapidly descending. The only way this could happen is if the elevator was accelerating downward faster than the force of gravity could pull it. That he should stick to the ceiling is against the laws of physics. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emma Caswell: Good evening.
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Crazy Credits

The title "Amityville", both in 3D and 2D, appear to bevel outwards toward the audience. Then the "3D" skews outward from the bottom. See more »

Alternate Versions

Shout! Factory Blu-ray edition uses a different opening title graphic than other releases. In most prints the word "AMITYVILLE" zooms toward the viewer from the house's windows, then is wiped off the screen, after which "3D" appears. The Blu-ray 2D and 3D versions use a different design of "AMITYVILLE," and in what seems to be an error it stays onscreen as "3D" appears under/behind it, mostly obscured. See more »

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Succeeds on its own modest terms
9 April 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

Surprisingly, this second sequel to the supposedly fact based thriller "The Amityville Horror" is a worthy installment in the otherwise wretched series of shockers. Richard Fleischer, a Hollywood veteran whose directorial credits include such diverse fare as "The Vikings" and "The Boston Strangler," brings a skill to the proceedings that were conspicuously absent from the original film, which was more notable for the laughably bad performances of James Brolin and Rod Steiger than it was for inducing chills. The performances in "Amityville 3-D," or "Amityville: the Demon" as it is known on television, didn't deserve Oscar consideration, but they are professional and, in the case of Candy Clark's suspicious photographer, almost inspired.

The movie opens in typical haunted house fashion: a seance is being held in the notorious Long Island house where, in earlier films, toilets backed up (shudder!), marching bands played in the dead of night (shudder again!), and a giant red-eyed pig named Jody roamed the premises and engaged in small talk with children (Babe in an early role?). The seance produces mysterious apparitions and odd noises, all of which are exposed by two of the participants--a reporter and his photographer-- as a hoax. The realtor denies any involvement in the souped-up spookiness and explains to the reporter (Tony Roberts on holiday from Woody Allen's repertory company) that the house's infamous reputation is such that he's willing to sell it at a bargain rate. Roberts, newly divorced and eager for a peaceful environment in which to write his great American novel, buys it, all the while ignoring the warnings of his less courageous colleague, the delightful Miss Clark.

Roberts, a stubborn type who sneers at the supernatural, moves in and continues his sneering even as anyone who sets foot in the house experiences terror and, ultimately, death. But, dumbo that he is, he continues to pooh-pooh any notions that the house is cursed.

Some talented performers are on view in this film, and if not for their admirable abilities to keep a straight face, the movie would be a lot funnier than it's supposed to be and sometimes is. Roberts is his usual non-plussed self, refusing to accept any supernatural explanations for the bizarre circumstances taking place around him.

The special-effects are adequate, but they do the trick, and probably worked better in 3D, which is the way the film was presented theatrically. The process is evident in the use of so many scenes in which hands are extended toward the camera and, in one scene, a frisbee is tossed directly at the audience.

"Amityville 3D" will never take its place beside the greats of the horror genre, but neither will its two predecessors. However, unlike those failed shockers, number 3 succeeds on its own modest terms, providing, amid the occasional unintended chuckle, a few moments of genuine suspense and a thrill or two. It's a satisfying spook show on the same level as the William Castle flicks of the late 50s and early 60s ("The Tingler," "House on Haunted Hill," et al).


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