The Amityville Harvest

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Graphic violence, language in cheesy horror movie.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages in trite vampire horror movie. 

Positive Role Models

Stock characters galore in cliched vampire horror movie. 

Violence

Horror movie violence and bloody imagery throughout. Characters killed by a blood-soaked bad guy who wears a gas mask and bludgeons his victims to death with a hammer. Otherwise, characters are attacked by a vampire with the expected bite to the neck. Character killed by multiple musket stabbing. In nightmare, woman imagines her heart getting pulled out of her chest and eaten by her assailant. 

Sex

Man has a dream in which he's on the verge of having sex with one of his colleagues on a film shoot -- no nudity. Woman grabs her breasts while flirting. Woman lures man into a shower -- steam covers up any potential nudity. 

Language

"F--k" often used. Also: "s--t," "s--tter," "piss," "ass," "damn," "hell." 

Consumerism

Part of horror franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine drinking. Cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Amityville Harvest is a 2020 horror movie in which a film crew trying to make a documentary in an old funeral home encounters a vampire. It's a stand-alone sequel in The Amityville Horror franchise. Unsurprisingly, there's plenty of horror movie violence and gore. Characters are killed by getting bludgeoned to death with a hammer. A character is killed by getting stabbed repeatedly by muskets from an undead Civil War soldier. In a nightmare, a woman's heart is pulled out of her chest and eaten by her assailant. Demonic and monster imagery throughout. Blood, some gore. A man dreams that he's on the verge of having sex with a colleague in the film crew -- no nudity. Flirtatious woman grabs her breasts. Frequent profanity, including "f--k" used several times. Wine drinking. Cigarette smoking. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnnblake October 21, 2020

Don't let the title lead you to believe it's anything like the Amityville movies.

Has some F- words. A couple scenes that show women's partial behind.Gory bludgeoning of several characters.I wouldn't recommend under 13. Cheesy stor... Continue reading
Adult Written byYourkidding October 21, 2020

Waste of time. Major F

Don't bother unless your into the old 70's horror ( not) movie. Good laugh is all I got and I want my money back. The director and story writer shoul... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In THE AMITYVILLE HARVEST, a ragtag documentary film crew has arrived at an old manor and funeral home to learn about its connection to the Civil War and liquor-smuggling. They meet Vincent, the civilized if creepy owner of the property. The plan is for the crew to stay at the manor while filming, and interview Vincent at night, as that best accommodates his busy schedule. However, some in the crew are there to look into the mysterious disappearance of a local woman last seen at the funeral of her husband that recently occurred in this very same funeral parlor. Soon, the crew begins to experience demonic hallucinations and nightmares. While trying to interview Vincent, the crew soon realizes that they cannot get his voice or body on film. Soon, Vincent, blood-thirsty and angered at the crew's snooping around where they were told never to go, begins to bite the necks of the crew, turning them into undead versions of themselves who lure others in the crew to their fates. The crew must also contend with Randolph, a blood-soaked, hammer-wielding, psychotic man lurking in the funeral home basement. Those still left must find a way to escape from Vincent and Randolph before it's too late. 

Is it any good?

This stand-alone sequel of a franchise that started in the 1970s is as predictable as it is cheesy. The Amityville Harvest is yet another case of a sequel being worse than the original. In fact, it's so far removed from the original that the profit motive is clearly the only reason this has "The Amityville" in the title. While set in the hamlet of Amityville, this is little more than a run-of-the-mill vampire horror story, with the added "bonus" of a blood-soaked, mask-wearing, hammer-wielding psycho with a limp. For these victims, they have the option of getting gnawed at the neck and becoming undead, or getting bludgeoned to death with a hammer. It's good to have options? 

Admittedly, the cheese factor makes it somewhat entertaining. It's one of those horror movies where you can have fun guessing who is going to get killed, and in what order. There's plenty that defies all logic, but that's hardly a departure from most horror movies. The acting is above-average for a low-budget horror movie, not that it really matters all that much. There's even a backstory involving the Lincoln assassination, in case there wasn't already enough absurdity to the story. It's a bad movie, but it could be a good-bad movie with the right attitude and/or low expectations. At best, it's video wallpaper for Halloween parties. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror movies. How does The Amityville Harvest compare to other horror movies you've seen?

  • Aside from the name of the town in which the movie is set, this sequel has no connection to the original 1979 The Amityville Horror movie. Why do you think studios release "sequels" of well-known movies, even if they have very little to do with the original movie? 

  • How was graphic violence, or even the hint of graphic violence, used to provoke scares from the audience? Was the violence necessary for the story, or was it too much? Why?

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