Amityville Dollhouse Film Details
Overview: A children’s doll house, which is a miniature of the infamous haunted Long Island house, is given to a young girl where the demonic evil soon comes out to cause more terror.
Tagline: Home is where the Horror is…
Review: “Amityville VIII: Dollhouse” is a better entry than it should be with a few problems. **SPOILERS** Moving into a new house, blended-family Bill Martin, (Robin Thomas) his wife Claire, (Starr Andreeff) and their children Jessica, (Rachel Duncan) Todd, (Allen Cutler) and Jimmy, (Jarrett Lennon) find their familiar differences start immediately when they arrive. Cleaning up around the property, they find a large doll-house tucked away in a gardening shed and decide to fix it up as a special gift. After giving it, they soon start to experience a weird series of events and freak accidents that appear to be accidents but are soon convinced something is wrong. Learning that the doll-house given as a gift resembles a mysterious house from Amityville, New York that housed a Satanist before being engulfed by a fire, and when Uncle Tobias, (Franc Ross) and Aunt Marla, (Lenore Kasdorf) inform them that there was several bits of wood from the house used to build the doll-house, and it’s causing the manifestations. With the visions getting worse, they try to stop it before it takes on further stress for the family. The Good News: This one has some really nice moments to it that make it really exciting. The main thing this gets right is that there’s a return to the house’s look, as the doll-house is the original to a tee. The looming windows that set off a pair of eyes, the distinct chimney, and there’s some good parts that come along from the house’s appearance. The look is still there, and even there it isn’t the centerpiece of the film, it still has enough to get the point and fear across. The film also works well with it’s cheese, and there’s some great amounts of it in here. The ending half of the film, where the full powers of the house are unleashed and monsters, demonic spirits and more are unleashed, ushering a large, grand series where big spectacle, special effects style scenes make this one really fun and entertaining. The monsters are fun and inspired, the action is good and it’s all done with a great sense of fun. The film also manages to spread it through the rest of the film, mainly in the form of a complete gaggle of shock cuts that come along, making it feel like a rather traditional entry of a horror film. It has even more fun in here with a deliciously sleazy subplot where the mother starts having sexual desires after being around the step-son, and in one fantastic scene begins to rip her clothes off and pleasure herself after an encounter, and when interrupted by her husband, switches over and initiates a more intimate encounter to cover her tracks. It’s a great scene, and is certainly helped by a sex scene earlier that helps along the sleazy action. There’s also a lot of fun to be had from just how it exploits that much fun, and the cheesiness here is something that is just overwhelming and makes it so entertaining. These here all make the film entertaining. The Bad News: This one doesn’t have a whole lot of flaws, but there are a few. The sheer ridiculousness of it all manages to be the biggest one here, since it manages to, at once, point out the idiocy of the premise and how it turns it into something that really should’ve been gone over a little more carefully. Building a house on the site of an accident that tore the first one down is bad enough, then to find a small shack that has survived is merely conspicuous, and then to ignore what’s a few inches away that will clearly lead to a bad idea is something that is just confusing. It has a real lack of interest from it’s plot because of this difference from the plausibility from the story, and it’s too ridiculous, and combined with the cheese, makes it feel like there’s a problem to overcome due to the cheese it has. There’s also a flaw in here with the story about the dead father. Frankly, it’s way too unrealistic to think that a nine-year old kid wouldn’t be afraid of a decomposing, rotting corpse shambling into his room in the dead of night, even though it’s a familiar sight to them. The request is unnatural, and the acceptance of it from the start is unreasonable. These here are the film’s few flaws. The Final Verdict: A little cheesy, but still fun entry in the series that has some fun to it but has a couple of flaws to keep it down. Give it a shot if you’ve come this far in the series or are in the mood for a simple, harmless film that provides some fun, but if you haven’t got much interest in the series give this one a pass. Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Nudity and a sex scene
Duration: 93 min
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