December 27, 2011
Luke Barnett as Ronald/The Ghost
Devin Clark as Tyler
Jon Kondelik as Brett
Tyler Shamy as Greg
I will start off by saying that the reason there is a “?” in the ‘written by’ line is because I could not find out who wrote the movie. I didn’t see it on the credits and I can’t go back and look, I can’t find it on IMDb nor is it on the all knowing Wikipedia. Hell, the Asylum website (the group that made the movie) doesn’t even say. I think they left out who the writer is so it would feel like this wasn’t a scripted project.
Now that that is over let’s get talking about the movie itself. Well, the movie is what I feel the child of The Amityville Horror and Paranormal Activity would be if you strip away all the good things about those movies. This movie is a big pile of ZZZs. If you are in need of some sleep, I cannot recommend The Amityville Hauntingenough. The acting is bad, the story is poor and there are no damn scares in it at all.
Speaking of the acting in The Amityville Haunting, there actually were two good performances – from the two people that played ghosts – because all they had to do was stand around. There was no speaking and no emoting from the ghosts. It was just stand there and look ghost-like. Other than the ghosts, thought, most of the cast were laughable when it came to acting.
The story is simple, over done and poorly executed. It’s funny, after watching this movie I wanted to execute it. Take the camera part of the story from Paranormal Activity and place it in the Amityville house with some of the more whats to be deadly antics from The Amityville Horror and you get this movie. They don’t even get into the history of the house in any real significant manner. All they really say is that people have died there over the years.
I was not scared at all during this movie and that really was a bummer. I was hoping this movie did with sound what Paranormal Activity did but they didn’t. Shame really since the usage of sound form Paranormal Activity actually scared me a few times. Hell, there isn’t even any loud crashes or eerie wind whooshes going on in this flick. Sound is very important in movies like this and they missed the boat big time by not taking the time to find creepy and unsettling noises to use.
Another complaint I have about the movie was the real amateurish cam work. Now I know they wanted to give the movie a “real” vibe to it but what made Cloverfield hard watch makes this hard to watch and that’s all the shakiness and switching of angles and cutting in and out of the video feed. Would it have been so hard to sneak in a line that indicates that the 15 year old who is working the cam is really good with it? That way they could have done away with the Blair Witchfeel.
Not everything is crap though. They did some neat tricks with shadows. Beyond that the rest of the film is crap.
If you like reality type of horror movies such as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, Slasher movies or any of the newer possession-type of movies like The Devil Inside or The Last Exorcism, stay away from this movie because you will be disappointed. In fact, if you like horror movies at all, stay away from The Amityville Haunting because it’s just plan horrible.