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.
The demonic forces in the haunted Long Island house escape through a mystical lamp which finds its way to a remote California mansion where the evil manipulates a little girl by manifesting itself in the form of her dead father.
On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that "voices" in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.
This movie is a 'found-footage' film about the Benson family who move in to the infamous house where the DeFeo family were murdered in the 1970s over 30 years earlier. Things start ... See full summary »
A desperate single mother moves with her three children into the notorious, supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Things go horribly wrong.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
The Montelli family is thrilled to move into their new home, which is so large, they think of the house as a mansion. Then strange things begin to happen: the mirror in the kitchen falls when they say grace, objects move by themselves, the faucet runs blood instead of water. The mother believes the house is satanic and asks the local priest to come and bless it. Meanwhile, the sinister house preys upon the family's tendency toward discord and leads them into violent conflicts. The father strikes his two younger children and his wife. The house also exploits the latent sexual attraction between the teenaged brother and sister. Soon, the oldest son has become possessed by demonic forces and poses a terrible threat to his family and the priest.Written by
The initial UK Castle video and Prism DVD releases were missing around 7 seconds of footage: specifically, shots of Sonny creeping up behind his father with a gun; Patricia picking up and replacing the phone when she hears a gunshot; and the father falling backwards against a door after being shot. The later Sanctuary Collector's Edition DVD is complete. See more »
I liked "The Possession" more than the original. Part one was so phony that it was even comical in parts (not to mention the over-acting). Part two contains more real life horrors such as incest, child abuse, domestic violence and mental illness. Yes, it is loosely based on the DeFeo case. However, I believe the director avoided direct links to the incident because of possible lawsuits. One disagreement I have with William C. Uchtman is when he stated in his review that Ronald DeFeo Sr. was a swell guy. Well according to "City Confidential" on A&E, the father was very abusive and was reported to have beaten "Butch" to a bloody pulp one time for simply talking back at the dinner table. Wife beatings were also reported. So, the abuse scenes are quite valid. The part when "Sunny" points a shotgun at his father after he punched his wife is valid too except that, in the real case, Butch pulled the trigger with no shells inside. That was the only difference. The counterculture involved is also interesting. The Montelli's are no typical American family, you see this from the start when Sunny returns from buying a pack of cigarettes and has an arguement with his father who threatens to "kick his ass".
Yes, "Possession" did copy parts of The Exorcist, but it's still a good film with more gory scenes than the original.
If you like over-acted supernatural thrillers, you may enjoy the first. But if you want to see a movie based on a real murder case (though admittedly from a supernatural point of view), "Possession" is for you.
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