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Review: Amityville: The Awakening

The house haunts a new family

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The address 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville it is not strange for those who follow works of terror. In 1965 the house was the protagonist of the family's bloody massacre Defoe, where the eldest son killed his parents, his two brothers and two sisters. The case was reported with several strange facts and became more bizarre when the family who bought the house after the move moved in less than a month, claiming to hear gunfire, being attacked by strange swarms of flies and even scratched by force. strange. That is why the house was investigated by several professionals in the field over the years until the first book on the facts, Terror in Amityville, was published and from then on countless works, both literary and cinematographic, were made.

Amityville: The Awakening is the newest feature based on these works. Entirely independent from previous films, the plot only presents a new case, using the legend of the haunted house. However, she does not remain isolated from previous productions, using them to explain the reason for the haunting of the place and even taking the opportunity to make references that generate the best jokes in the film.

Amityville: The Awakening | Image: Paris Movies

This production suffered a huge delay, initially with a date set for 2012, the feature hits theaters only now, 5 years later. This delay was not properly explained, but it served to change the original premise, which would accompany a journalist investigating the cases, and now only presents a new family being affected by the home.

The plot features Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and their daughters Belle (Bella Thorne) and Juliet (Mckenna Grace), who have just moved into the house thinking of helping James (Cameron Monaghan), Belle's twin who is in a vegetative state after suffering an accident. James shows an improvement, but it seems that the improvement is brought about by the entity that haunts the house and puts the whole family in danger.

The film is a good horror, in relation to the scares and climate of tension, it really works and knows how to balance the most explicit scenes between more psychologically tense moments - even if it abuses the old pattern of overexposure of actors in horror films. The performances really help in this case, especially that of Cameron Monagham, who delivers a great role in all stages of his character and Bella Thorne, who sets the mood with her terror.

Cameron Monagham in Amityville: The Awakening | Image: Paris Movies

The film appeals to the visual, but leaves a little to be desired in its script. Some resolutions remain in the air, mainly concerning the character of Jeniffer Morison, which appears in few scenes and does not justify its existence, nor its outcome.

The very end of the film leaves something to be desired, investing in creating a suspense atmosphere for a long time, and resolving everything very quickly in the end, the production leaves a feeling that something else could be presented, in addition to leaving a very shallow explanation of the why the family moved into the house.

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