This is the first REAL Amityville movie since 2005's remake of the original 1979 "The Amityville Horror," coming after a slew of "Amityvlle-in-name-only" direct to video low-budget sequels. This movie was originally supposed to come out in 2014, but I guess due to some issues it wasn't released until much, much later. It's sort of a meta-sequel to the Amityville series in that the original movies are presented as movies in this movie. Does that make any sense?
The story is of a single mother moving her two daughters and comatose son into the infamous 112 Ocean Avenue and of course, weird ghostly things begin to happen soon after. To be perfectly honest, this movie failed to capture my attention for most of its run time because of its loosey-goosey plot and poor acting. The comatose son begins to show signs of coming out of his terminal coma due to the paranormal activity in the house and soon after he grows murderous, similar to the way Butch DeFeo wanted to murder his whole family. I don't want to give too much away because I know some people will enjoy this movie much more than I did so i'll leave it at that. The story is pretty poorly written, though, I will say that.
I appreciated the fact that they built a replica of the Amityville Horror house based on the way it looked in the old movies, that was a nice touch, but the characters are all so unlikable except for the Amityville-fanatic kid who comes over to the actual house in one scene and shows two girls the Amityville movies-- another nice touch I liked, which made me wonder if anyone who's lived in that house has ever watched the Amityville movies while living in the actual house or if they've ever been flipping through the channels and come across the movies on AMC and freaked out a little and said "Ahh! That's my freakin' house!" But aside from nice flourishes like that, the movie is kind of empty and sad and it makes me see why it took so long to come out-- there's just not much to it.
Thankfully this movie plays down the DeFeo murders as just a footnote, so it doesn't really trample on the graves of the DeFeo family the way some other Amityville movies do. But it still isn't a very good movie. Like I said the characters aren't very likable and they're kind of unrelatable and hollow, particularly the lead girl, who's a goth or something in an age where being goth isn't really a thing anymore. The Mom, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh is okay but she spends most of the movie overacting, which isn't really her fault but more of a directorial thing. The movie is as poorly directed as it is written and offers little. It honestly comes off as Amityville fan-fiction more than anything. Like, it seems like the kind of thing a 16 year old girl would write.
So aside from a few nice touches probably done in reshoots for the movie, this movie brings very little to the table. It's barely an Amityville movie and the only thing really connecting it to the Amityville series is the fact that they keep talking about the fact that they're living in the Amityville Horror house. I don't even know if I can honestly say this one's worth checking out.