Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

2.0 out of 5

A bit of a wild-card in the filmography of accomplished Eurocrime director Damiano Damiani this American and Mexican franchise filler manages to cram almost every cliché from the possession and haunted house horror genre into it's running time.

The direction and cinematography, particularly in the case of the New Jersey realised exteriors, at times has the feel of Lucio Fulci's horror of the period, particularly the Gates of Hell series.

Burt Young, Paulie from Rocky, is great as to be expected. Everyone else seem to have a job to do and get on with it.

While the outcome is by no means awful this is Damiani in director-for-hire mode and the results do not even come close to his better and more overtly socially conscious works. Where the director manages to engage more fully with material, in The Devil Is a Woman or Bullet for the General for example, the results prove to be far more satisfying.

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