Amityville: No Escape (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Henrique Couto
Starring: Stephen Arthur Alexander, Matt Brassfield, Joni Durian
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Camp Motion Pictures
When a group of college students discover an old VHS cassette made by a woman who mysteriously disappeared after moving into the “Amityville Ghost House”, they set off to play amateur ghost hunter by camping out in the woods behind the infamous home. But what started as a goof, soon becomes an exercise in terror as a malevolent, unhuman force begins to prey upon them one by one. Armed with only a bare minimum of technology and a fierce desire to live, the remaining few face off against the deadly evil known as the Amityville HORROR!
I’m always a bit hit and miss on Henrique Couto films and this one takes to Amityville of all places for, Amityville: No Escape. The plot follows some folks on a trip to investigate the legend of Amityville and while this goes on we keep flashing back to a tape of a woman who moved in the house year before in 1997. Both these stories go about how you’d expect as we jump back and forth between the two plots. Stuff happens but as you can probably imagine we have a lot of downtime in between anything of note going on. I’m starting to think that not only is the Amityville house cursed but so is the whole concept of making a movie about it as we’ve yet to have a really solid Amityville based house in decades at this point.
If you’ve seen Couto’s movies before then you know the cast at least offers up plenty in the way of eye-candy. Both Allison Egan and Joni Durian are here. Julia Gomez is the character of focus in the 1997 portion of the film and is easily the best performance you get here. If you’ve seen Couto’s Alone in a Ghost House this movie seems to be a lot like that movie, but I think that one is a bit better. They both use the found footage method and both have some twists at the end but I felt that one was a better-polished story overall. All in all, you’ll get one OKAY watch out of Amityville: No Escape, but I have no idea when you’ll feel the need to revisit it again after.
– Audio Commentary with Director Henrique Couto
– Christmas Presence short film
– Sneak Peek: Nothing Good Ever Happens
– Trailer Vault