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The third film in the Amityville series, released in 1983. Also known as Amityville III: The Demon.

John Baxter, a professional debunker of psychic phenomena buys the Haunted House in Amityville since it's cheap, and comes to regret that decision when he and his family become targeted by the supernatural forces within it.

This 3D picture has examples of:

  • Anyone can die: You would think Susan and Melanie would be safe characters but no. Melanie has arguably the most gruesome death in the whole film even though it cuts away and Susan dies offscreen. Kind of surprising that Lisa and the other teenagers didn't get offed by the house for provoking it through seance.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Baxter has a nightmare where he is onfronted by his daughter's drowned corpse, and bolts up in fright as he wakes up from it.
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  • Evil Elevator: Baxter finds himself in a malfunctioning elevator that goes up and down at high speeds after he spots one of the Amityville flies inside it.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The car crash scene. Need I say more? For a PG Rated film this scene is just disturbing to watch, especially with Candy Clark's convincing performance. Being burned to death is never a great way to go. She even jokes about not wanting to die this way in the Blu-Ray Extras despite saying how much fun she had filming this scene.
  • Flies Equals Evil: Flies are still be buzzing around the house to signify the fact that it isn't free from evil. They even cause one direct death.
  • Lighter and Softer: The film has PG rating, with content which contrasts sharply with all the after all terror, incest and murder from the two previous films.
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  • Ouija Board: Friend's of Baxter's daughter use a homebrew ouija board, and get in contact with spirits that tells them that one them is going to die.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Baxter's ex-wife sees their daughter walking around the house before she learns that she drowned moments before.
  • Paddleball Shot: Two of them during the car crash scene: first one comes from a pipe that crashes through the car's windshield, and the second comes from the burned corpse stretching its arms towards the camera.
  • Spiteful Spit: After the old psychic couple in the opening are revealed as frauds, Baxter's partner Melanie gets spat on in retaliation.
  • Spooky Photographs: Before Sanders is killed by a stroke caused by the house, Melanie notices that pictures taken of him show his face being weirdly distorted.
  • Spooky Séance: Subverted. The supernatural shenanigans in the seance of the opening are fake and staged.
  • Third Is 3D: The film was part of the early eighties' 3-D Movie sequel trifecta alongside with Jaws 3D and Friday the 13th Part III.


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