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Amityville: The Awakening

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Not bad for Amityville, but still not great; violence.

Movie R 2017 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Spooky, but may be too intense for little kids

It’s mostly spooky, not as scary or dark as the other Amityville movies. There isn’t any sex. A teenage girl walks around in a tiny underwear and you see half her butt cheeks. Also a weird scene where it appears that the mom is shirtless and bra less being touched on her shoulder and back by her son. There isn’t much gore, except for the corpse of a dog, which is only shown briefly. A couple of people die near the end by gunfire so it’s not gratuitous. It’s a good supernatural movie, not great, but good.
age 13+

Amityville: The Awakening Review

Amityville: The Awaking is a sequel that is okay and worth the watch. But there is still no jump scares, well there are, but they didn’t affect me. This is also the first PG-13 installment in the popular franchise. I am going to admit this was a disappointing sequel but better then the 2005 remake. This was originally R rated but cutted to a PG-13 version. There is no sexual content, but however the main character in this film did see her mom and brother touching each other. The mom was naked with no bra, but no nudity was shown. There is violence but brief. The gun violence was very brief, however you didn’t see the killings happened, you heard them. Like I said before this film was a disappointing sequel, but better then the 2005 remake. I’m going to give Amityville: The Awakening a 5/10.

Is It Any Good?

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This umpteenth sequel in the Amityville franchise isn't that great, but it's surprisingly better than most of the other entries. Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2, the remake of Maniac, etc.), Amityville: The Awakening -- which was postponed many times over nearly three years -- actually brings a couple of interesting ideas and characters to the table. There's poor James, lost in a coma, as well as all the stress and jealousy that his situation brings about in the family. It's a strong start, rather than some clueless family simply moving into a haunted house.

Moreover, the movie sets its story in a universe where the true story (the 1974 murders) actually occurred and became the basis for the fictional movies. (It jokingly points out how awful the 2005 Amityville Horror remake is.) And Khalfoun's camerawork and editing are a notch above the usual noisy jump scares in most horror movies. But at every point, Amityville: The Awakening drops the ball. It never follows up on any of its ideas, never takes anything very far. It ends up feeling disappointingly simplistic. By the time the third-act climax comes, it all seems fairly pointless.

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