Amityville 2: The Possession (1982)

Amityville 2: The Possession (1982)

Taglines: If these walls could talk…they would SHRIEK!

The Montelli family; father Anthony (Young), mother Dolores (Alda), elder son Sonny (Magner), elder teenaged daughter Patricia (Franklin) and two younger kids, move into what they think would be the house of their dreams. Initially things begin well, but everything changes after it is discovered that there is a tunnel in the basement leading into the house – from where is unknown.

An evil presence is shown to be lurking within, unknown to the family. After unusual and paranormal activities, like unknown forces banging on the door at night (when nobody is outside) and an ugly demonic message painted on the wall of the youngest Montelli kid’s room, Dolores tries to have the local priest, Father Frank Adamsky (Olson) bless the house but an argument breaks out within the family shortly after Adamsky arrives, and Anthony orders him to leave. Adamsky leaves, disgusted at Anthony’s behaviour.

He finds his car door open and the Bible on the passenger seat torn to pieces. It is shown all is not well with the Montelli family – Anthony is strict but abusive, and sacrilegious towards the Church, and Dolores is trying to keep it together for the youngest kids. Also, Sonny and Patricia are revealed to have started to have sexual feelings for each other, due to mutual attraction that neither can act on. Soon afterward, the family go to church with Anthony, so he can apologize for being rude to Adamsky; Sonny stays at home, claiming to feel unwell. He soon hears an alarming noise and goes downstairs to get his father’s gun.

He hears demonic laughter and follows it to the tunnel in the basement. The (unseen) presence pursues a frightened Sonny to his room and he then falls victim to demonic possession. The first thing a now possessed Sonny does is approach Patricia to “play a game” with her – where he is a famous photographer and she is his famous nude model. She agrees to pose naked, and the pair end up having incestuous sex. She later reveals to Sonny when the two are alone that she enjoyed having sex with her brother, and doesn’t feel guilty about it.

Amityville II: The Possession is a 1982 supernatural horror film directed by Damiano Damiani. The screenplay by Tommy Lee Wallace is based on the novel Murder in Amityville by the parapsychologist Hans Holzer. It is a prequel to The Amityville Horror, set at 112 Ocean Avenue and featuring the fictional Montelli family loosely based on the DeFeo family. The cast includes Academy Award nominee Burt Young, who was known for Rocky at the time. This film includes one of Young’s rare darker roles as he plays an abusive and sadistic father/husband in contrast to his more easy-going roles. It is the second film in the Amityville series.

Amityville 2: The Possession Movie Poster (1982)

Amityville 2: The Possession (1982)

Directed by: Damiano Damiani
Starring: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner, Andrew Prine, Diane Franklin, Moses Gunn, Ted Ross, Erika Katz
Screenplay by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Production Design by: Pier Luigi Basile
Cinematography by: Franco Di Giacomo
Film Editing by: Sam O’Steen
Costume Design by: Bill Kellard
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Jr.
Art Direction by: Ray Recht
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: September 24, 1982