Evil within comes alive!

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By 2017-11-12

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

Amityville: The Awakening, with the tagline "Every house has a history. This one has a legend," released recently in cinemas in Sri Lanka. The long overdue film in the Amityville film series follows as a direct sequel to the 1979 film The Amityville Horror.

Though there have been other films since then, including a 2005 remake and several sequels from 1982 to 1996 based on the original film and Amityville series. This new film takes a modern day approach but doesn't fail to mention the previous films with creative storytelling, adding that there is history about the house, that's plagued with horror and that they should sit down and watch it on DVD inside the house itself.

The thriller horror film rated 5/10 on IMDb, 50% on CSFD, 5.5/10 on IGN.com and 4.1/10 on Letterboxd. It was made by director Franck Khalfoun with Jason Blum, the producer behind The Visit (2015), The Purge (2013) and Insidious (2010). Popular producers Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala in collaboration with Baron Films, Blumhouse Productions and Panic Ventures also took part in the creation of this movie. Amityville: The Awakening earned just over 6.8 million dollars, over a week ahead of the film's United States release, proving that the demand for the series is still intact.

The 87 minute film, Rated R, is the tenth film in the original Amityville film series. It follows a family, with two daughters Juliet (Mckenna Grace) and Belle (Bella Thorne), her brain-dead twin brother James (Cameron Monaghan), together with their mother Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) as they move into their new home, which for obvious reasons was a large house below market price, which seemed like a bargain.
The movie starts with the family moving in to their new home, starting at a new school, and adds that the area was chosen for the move because they have a hospital with the best neurological department, in the hope that James will have a chance of recovering though it's believed that no one with his condition can recover.

The series, inspired by true events, features random scares that almost always take place at the same time every night with the residents seeing things. The film has similar plot points and will feel generic compared to some of the previous Amityville films.
Strange things happen, like the youngest talking to her brain-dead brother, to the house's history where in 1974 the then owner of the house murdered his entire family and the fact that the house has a basement "red room", right under where James's room is. The writing on the wall "Kill Them All" feels more real than a thing of the past. The film feels like it's been done before, lacks fresh appeal and has a few lose ends, with each scene abruptly ending as the film cuts scenes at sudden scares and takes the audience to the following morning, again and again.

This new version of the horror film is not the scariest and is somewhat predictable, but makes for a good film to watch with friends for a bit of easy to watch horror.

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