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Film / Amityville: It's About Time

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The sixth film in the Amityville series, released in 1992.

An antique clock from the haunted Amityville house ends in the hands of the Sterling family, who start to experience various supernatural and time-related shenanigans.

It's About Time has examples of:

  • Demonic Possession: Jacob and Lisa are gradually taken over by the clock's power. It manifests in Jacob's obsessive sketching and designing as his injuries begin festering, and Lisa as she begins dressing in skimpy clothes and acts seductive.
  • Eureka Moment: Iris has one while looking through her occult books, and finds a picture of the Amityville house's living room. She recognizes the clock in the photo as the same clock in a drawing of a European necromancer's study, and it's the same one in Rusty's house.
  • Everybody Lives: The cursed clock brought from the original house causes a Reset Button Ending to avoid getting destroyed in an explosion, only to be smashed by Final Girl Andrea, who retained her memories of everything the clock caused, before it can do it again. It's also implied that Rusty and Iris actually remember everything as well, except for Jacob and Lisa, which could be attributed to their possession.
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  • Evil-Detecting Dog: When the Sterling family's neighbour's dog Peaches enters the house after the clock is brought in it, she starts barking at it.
  • Final Girl: Andrea, though she subverts several traits of being one as she's an older woman and she briefly cheats on her boyfriend by having sex with Jacob the night he arrives home.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Jacob defends himself from a dog that's attacking him by hitting and then stabbing it with an empty bottle that happens to be laying around nearby.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: It's implied this was the case before Andrea remembered everything at the end. When the film begins, Andrea has one of Jacob's measuring tools, which she claimed she had "For protection." She later tried to use the same tool to destroy the clock, and when it reset everything, she still had it. Only the potential loop is finally stopped because Andrea managed to destroy the clock this time.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: Andrea tries to cause an explosion thanks to a leaking gas pipe, which would kill her and destroy the clock. But the clock ends up rewinding time back to when the movie began, so Andrea survives.
  • I'm Melting!: Happens to Lisa's boyfriend Andy after he steps on some black goo that suddenly materializes beneath his feet. The same goo then later materializes in a bathtub, with him alongside it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Iris, after she avoids getting run over by van that has a bird statue on top of it, has said statue falling on her and getting impaled.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • Rusty winds up killing his sister, Lisa in self-defense after the house possesses her. He sticks a stereo jack in her mouth, then turns the stereo on and electrocutes her.
    • Andrea arms herself with one of Jacob's measuring tools. And uses it at the end to make sure the clock is destroyed.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: When Rusty is turned into a child, Andrea demands that the clock let him go, and it complies.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Lisa starts prancing on front of a mirror when ticking from the clock keeps her awake at night. Then her reflection starts acting lewdly by itself, and its hands even reach from the mirror to fondle its owner. This event turns Lisa into an evil vamp for the rest of the film.
  • Missing Mom: Andrea is not Rusty and Lisa's mom, but a friend and lover of Jacob's. Their mother is implied to be dead.
  • Odd Friendship: Rusty and Iris due to their age gap. It's implied Rusty regularly skips school just to hang out with Iris at her home, and they've got an ongoing chess match they still haven't finished.
  • Parental Substitute: Andrea begins acting as one to Rusty and Lisa, eventually going Mama Bear for Rusty's sake when he gets turned into a small child.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Played straight and inverted. Rusty is turned into a child and Andrea is turned into an old woman during the finale, before the rewind.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The only people in the main cast who remember what the clock did are Andrea, Rusty, and Iris. With Andrea it makes some sense since she'd just been battling the clock when it rewound time, but regarding Rusty and Iris it may have something to do with the potential "Groundhog Day" Loop they've been experiencing.
  • This Is What the Building Will Look Like: Jacob has a model for a planned suburban project, which he smashes in anger at one point. Later, Andrea finds it filled miniature copies of the Amityville house and gravestone with the cast's names on them.
  • Title by Number: The film is also known as Amityville 1992.
  • Title Drop: Andrea's explanation for smashing the clock at the end of the movie? "It's about time, that's what!"
  • Wham Line: At the very end, after Andrea destroys the clock and leaves, when Rusty sees Iris standing across the street.
    Rusty: Pure evil.
    • This is a Call-Back to a conversation Iris and Rusty had in the previous timeline, and indicates they remember what happened alongside Andrea. The smile Iris gives Rusty only cements it.


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