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The Amityville Rising

Written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill, Amityville Uprising starts with views of the beautiful town, highlighting several cozy locals. We then get a hard aerial cut that shows a massive explosion taking place within Amityville. The next transitional cut drops us into a military facility in full havoc; bodies lie about as military personnel strive to find survivors. One scientist who is badly injured tells the military folks that chemicals have been unleashed and are now in the air. A warning goes out to the citizens of Amityville, detailing the oncoming of acid rain and to stay inside. And while raining acid is bad enough, this chemical rain also has the means to turn people into the living dead.

The Amityville Rising


  • Abusive Parents: Joan Walker consistently ignores Belle, blaming her for the incident that left James in a coma. It gets worse by the third act when she attacks Belle for trying to leave the house.

  • Her relationship with her second daughter, Juliet, is not much better. She often pressures the little girl into speaking to her comatose brother.

  • And I Must Scream: After regaining consciousness, James is fully aware that there is a second presence inside of him that wants control. And because of the damaged state his body is in, there is literally nothing he can do but silently beg for help from his twin sister.

  • Anyone Can Die: Out of the six members of the Walker family, including Candice and the dog, only two make it to the end alive.

  • Big Sister Instinct: In spite of the heartbreak it causes her knowing that her actions will end James's life, Belle accepts her brother's wish to die as himself and pits herself against the spirit possessing him.

  • In the third act, when the spirit completely overtakes James and she herself realizes her mother is too far gone, Belle's only priority before taking on the spirit again is to save her younger sister, Juliet.

  • Bittersweet Ending: Belle manages to save Juliet and defeats the spirit, releasing James from its control. However, Candice and Joan were killed, and James died shortly afterward. In the epilogue, it's revealed Belle is being questioned by the police in regards to the deaths, with Juliet's version of the events matching up with hers and the evidence resting largely on her side; the only thing keeping her from being cleared totally is Dr. Milton's testimony that James could not have possibly done any of the murders in the condition the doctor last saw him in, despite Milton having suffered an apparition that left him fully aware something unnatural was afoot.

  • Body Horror: James was pushed off a third-floor balcony and left brain-dead for three years, which has caused long-term damage to his body.

  • Cassandra Truth: Belle thinks her mother won't believe her when she goes to confront her with the truth about the house. The trope is averted when it turns out Joan knew from the very beginning and was insane enough to think she could harness its demonic power to heal James.

  • Chekhov's Gun: When Belle and her friends go down into the basement to restore power to the house after a fuse has blown, Joan confronts the three of them with a shotgun, thinking they were intruders. Guess what the possessed James uses in his murder spree.

  • The AAC computer James can use with his eyes to speak is used against the spirit later when Belle leaves a message on it that James wants to be taken for a walk. As planned, Joan sees it and happily prepares a wheelchair for her son, leading to an Oh, Crap! moment from the spirit when it realizes a walk can take it outside of the magic circle keeping it alive.

  • Due to the death of her husband years prior as well as James's accident and resulting coma, Joan has lost all faith in God. In the climax, when she tries to ward off her possessed son with a crucifix, it's a No-Sell.

  • Deal with the Devil: At the start of the film, Joan lies to Belle that the primary reason for the move was to be closer to Dr. Milton to make James's care easier for both sides. The truth is made clear in the third act.

  • Disappeared Dad: Belle's father passed away from cancer some time before James's accident.

  • Dying as Yourself: Recognizing the evil spirit growing in power within his broken body after he regains consciousness, this is what James wants his fate to be. The problem is his mother won't pay attention to his wishes and the spirit won't let him, leaving Belle as his only hope for salvation.

  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The Walkers' dog can sense when the evil spirit of the house is rising and knows where the Red Room is. Which is why the dog is the spirit's first victim.

  • Fan Disservice: A shirtless Cameron Monaghan is usually to be celebrated, however here he spends most of the movie comatose and emaciated.

  • Foreshadowing: When Belle implies that her mother's intention of keeping James alive even though he has shown no signs of life for three years is something that God would not approve of, Joan slaps her in response. This is the first sign the Walker matriarch has lost her religious faith.

  • Genre Savvy: One of Belle's new friends, Terrence, is an enthusiast and amateur researcher on 112 Ocean Avenue, having studied the real-life murders and watched the entire film franchise. When Belle informs him of the strange happenings going on, he is quick on the mark to tell her to get herself and her family out of the house.

  • Hope Spot: When James miraculously wakes up from his coma, his family naturally respond with joy. Anyone familiar with the Amityville franchise will know this cannot be a good thing.

  • Mama Bear: Joan is an antagonistic version of this when it comes to preserving James's life, especially when it's revealed she would do so for any price.

  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After being affected badly by an apparition the house inflicted on him during an examination of James, Dr. Milton leaves the house, reporting to Joan there's nothing more he can do, and is never seen again for the rest of the film, barring a mention in the epilogue.

  • Something Only They Would Say: At the end of the film, its host body injured from its fight with Belle, the spirit tries to lure Belle into thinking James is in back in control and begs her to take him back inside the house. Belle sees through the ruse, realizing it just wants to get within reach of the Red Room and heal itself to carry on with the spree.

Zeke Blauner led Ardsley with 19 points. When he was taken out of the game late, he received a loud standing ovation from the sizable Ardsley crowd. In a classy gesture, the same fans stayed on their feet and cheered along with the rising Amityville contingent when Serrano went to the bench.

Parents need to know that Amityville Uprising is an incredibly stupid 2022 horror movie in which acid rain from an explosion on a military base turns people into zombies. Aside from the title, it has absolutely nothing (aside from it being set in Amityville, New York) to do with the original The Amityville Horror movie from 1979. Expect zombie horror violence, bad acting, and cheap CGI effects. Dead bodies are found on a military base -- some blood and gore. Cops fight zombies with rifles and guns -- shooting one in the head. Zombies bite faces, rip the skin off faces, eat the arm flesh of the living. Strong language throughout, including "f--k."

If terrible and stupid movies were war crimes, this movie would be put on trial at The Hague and found guilty by unanimous verdict. Amityville Uprising doesn't even evoke the laughter of a "so bad, it's good" so much as it evokes a cry for help and a fervent prayer to the heavens that those responsible for these movies will stop making bad movies with the word "Amityville" in the title. The "uprising" in the title refers to a zombie outbreak in a police precinct, but there's so much that's clunky and idiotic before that even happens, by the time the zombie attacks begin, it's impossible to determine why it took so long. 041b061a72

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