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Label: Vinegar Syndrome
One of the most popular horror franchises of the 80s and 90s, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR series was given new life by producer Steve White who moved the narrative from dreary Long Island to sunny California, with his four ‘cursed objects' themed installments, collected here on home video for the very first time in Amityville: The Cursed Collection!
THE EVIL ESCAPES:
The Evans children have just suffered the untimely death of their beloved father. After moving with their mother into their grandmother's gothic seaside mansion, they soon become hosts to an uninvited demonic force in the form of a mysterious lamp that once resided in the Amityville house. As unexplained, and increasingly violent, events start occurring in and around the property, Jessica, the youngest member of the household, begins to believe that her father has secretly returned. Unfortunately, it's actually a demon taking on his likeness ready to terrorize and kill anyone and everyone in order to be fully reborn in human form.
The first of the four ‘cursed objects' films in the Amityville franchise, after the series was re-ignited by producer Steve White, AMITYVILLE: THE EVIL ESCAPES stars Patty Duke (Valley of the Dolls) and remains the only entry in the franchise directed by Sandor Stern, who wrote the 1979 original. Combining domestic drama and supernatural horror as it twists its way towards a shocking conclusion, Vinegar Syndrome presents AMITYVILLE: THE EVIL ESCAPES on Blu-ray for the first time, in a new 4K restoration of its original negative.
Directed by: Sandor Stern
Starring: Patty Duke, Jane Wyatt, Fredric Lehne, Lou Hancock, Brandy Gold, Zoe Trilling, Aron Eisenberg
1989 / 95 min
IT'S ABOUT TIME:
Jacob Sterling, a hot-shot architect, has just returned from his latest business trip, back to the placid Southern California suburb in which he lives, with a surprise: an ornate old clock he rescued out of a soon-to-be-demolished mansion in Amityville, New York. With the clock newly placed on Sterling’s mantel, he and his family begin to change, ever so slightly at first, into something evil...and very deadly. And soon a malevolent force starts to make its presence known throughout the quiet, suburban community; winding its gears to bring about a seemingly unstoppable demonic force.
The darkest and most twisted of the ‘cursed object' Amityville films, AMITYVILLE: IT'S ABOUT TIME (also known as AMITYVILLE: 1992) plunges the viewer head first into a labyrinthian nightmare of gory body horror, set against the facade of happy suburban living, where everything is more sinister than it seems and you never know who, or what, might be lurking in the shadows. Directed by Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Ticks) and starring Stephen Macht (Graveyard Shift), AMITYVILLE: IT'S ABOUT TIME is arguably the highlight of the 90s entries in the series and comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome newly restored in 4K from its original negative.
Directed by: Tony Randel
Starring: Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward, Damon Martin, Jonathan Penner, Dick Miller
1992 / 95 min
A NEW GENERATION:
Keyes is a successful photographer who lives at the border of Skid Row. While walking home one day, he notices a homeless man with a strange old mirror. Immediately struck by it for reasons he cannot explain, Keyes convinces the odd old man to sell it to him. However, the mirror seems to have a strange effect on all those who look at it, and it's not long before Keyes himself starts behaving in increasingly erratic and unhinged ways, unaware that his actions are being controlled by an evil force lurking inside of the mirror; a force determined to use his soul to awaken an unspeakable evil.
Set against the beginnings of gentrification in LA’s notorious Skid Row, John Murlowski’s AMITYVILLE: A NEW GENERATION blends neon-tinged lighting and hefty bloodshed in this distinctly early 90s flavored entry in the franchise. Starring Ross Partridge (Stranger Things), Julia Nickson (Babylon 5) and David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), plus photographed by Academy Award winner Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception), Vinegar Syndrome brings AMITYVILLE: A NEW GENERATION to Blu-Ray in a new 4K restoration of its original camera negative.
Directed by: John Murlowski
Starring: Ross Partridge, Terry O'Quinn, Julia Nickson, Lala Sloatman, David Naughton, Richard Roundtree, Lin Shaye
1993 / 92 min
Bill Martin has just finished construction on a picturesque new home for his family. But unknown to him, the previously barren property was once the site of the infamous Amityville murder house. After finding a small shed hidden away on the grounds, Bill discovers a beautiful and ornate dollhouse, which he gives to his young daughter as a present. What he doesn't realize is that this innocent looking children's plaything contains demonic powers, and it's not long before ghouls and zombies are invading his home, with their murderous sights set on his family.
The last and most over the top entry in the 90s Amityville franchise, producer Steve White (Cabin Boy) steps into the director's seat to helm this direct-to-video horror classic. Filled with impressive and plentiful creature and gore effects by Roy Knyrim (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), AMITYVILLE: DOLLHOUSE stars Robin Thomas (About Last Night) and Lenore Kasdorf (Starship Troopers) and features inventive photography from Tom Callaway (Demon Wind). Vinegar Syndrome brings this video store favorite to Blu-ray in a brand new 4K restoration from its long lost original camera negative.
Directed by: Steve White
Starring: Robin Thomas, Starr Andreeff, Allen Cutler, Rachel Duncan, Jarrett Lennon
1996 / 96 min
THE EVIL ESCAPES:
• “The Return to Amityville” - video interview with director Sandor Stern
• “Televised Terror” - video interview with cinematographer Tom Richmond
IT'S ABOUT TIME:
• “Time Pieces” - video interview with director Tony Randel
• “Clockwork” - video interview with producer Chris DeFaria
A NEW GENERATION:
• Audio commentary with director John Murlowski, moderated by Elijah Drenner
• “Through the Looking Glass” - video interview with director John Murlowski
• “Malevolent Reflections” - video interview with producer Christopher DeFaria
• “Welcome to The Dollhouse” - video interview with director Steve White
• “Jump Into the Fire” - video interview with cinematographer Tom Callaway
• “Demons in The Dollhouse” - video interview with special effects artist Roy Knyrim