Sunday, September 25, 2022

Amityville: The Awakening, Haunted in a Coma

Ouch!  Yep...made us all wince in pain.  Just so horrible!  What Rutger Hauer did to Jennifer Jason Leigh back in the 80s in "The Hitcher."  We all were sweet on her. Alas!  I think I speak for everyone in saying when we see Jennifer Jason Leigh on the silver screen, since "The Hitcher," we all breathe a sigh of relief to see her arms and legs still attached to her torso.  Will she remain in tact in our film today.  Let us look at 2017's "Amityville: The Awakening," directed by Franck Khalfoun.

Jane (Leigh), a caring mom, moves her family into the Amityville house...40 years after the carnage.  Bad move?  Oh yeah!  Her grouchy babe daughter Belle (Bella Thorne) and very cute daughter five-year-old Juliet (Mckenna Grace) are with her.  Oh yes, Jane's teenage son James (Cameron Monaghan).  James was a handsome kid until...well, you'll see.  Now he has been in a coma for a couple of years, brain dead, and on a ventilator full time.  Jane will not accept the fact that he is never coming back.  Or will he? guessed it.  James will amaze his doctors as brain waves return and his eyes open...but is it James?  It is...and someone (something) else.  Now the beautiful Belle must play detective.  When she learns the history of the house she is now living in she asks James if there is anyone else inside his head.  You can guess the answer.

Now Jane and her whole family seem to be on a downward spiral to suffer the same fate as the DeFeo family did back in the 70s.  Belle is onto this but Jane is in denial and believes the boy in the hospital bed is indeed her son.  Carnage begins to occur and so does murder.  There is a really disguising scene with a billion flies (Rod Steiger got off light).  Belle is now in mortal danger for the demon inside James and her mom who will not accept that James needs to be pulled off his life-support.

Will Jennifer Jason Leigh keep her legs and arms attached to her torso as the end credits roll?  Will Belle be able to have a dating life in high school even though possession reigns supreme in her abode? Will anyone think of buying a can of raid for the flies in the house?  Okay, some of the plot devices in this one will cause you to roll your eyes.  But!  Jennifer Jason Leigh is in this one and it proves to be a pretty good possession/haunted house flick...see "Amityville: The Awakening."  

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