Amityville: It’s About Time (1992)

Director Tony Randel produced New World Pictures reworking of The Return of Godzilla into the U.S. version Godzilla 1985 and directed Def Con 4 before his big break, directing Hellbound: Hellraiser II. He also was behind the live-action Fist of the North Star.

Along with Amityville: The Evil Escapes, this movie is loosely based on a series of short stories titled Amityville: The Evil Escapes by John G. Jones. Producer and co-screenwriter Christopher DeFaria became confused by some of the inconsistencies in Jones’ stories, so he called the writer to get some answers. The answer? Jones told him “Yep, Chris, that’s the way evil is. It’s just unpredictable!”

Unlike many of the films with Amityville in the title, this one at least tries to be in canon, bringing up that the house blew up real good at the end of the abysmal Amityville 3-D.

Jacob Sterling (Stephen Macht, The Monster Squad) is an architect who has just returned home from a business trip in Amityville and he’s brought back a cursed clock that once belonged to that evil house that was once there. There you go — there’s the connection.

Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend Andrea Livingston (Shawn Weatherly, Baywatch) is watching Jacob’s two teenage kids, Lisa (Megan Ward, Trancers 2 and 3) and Rusty (Damon Martin, Ghoulies II). Well, that clock kicks in pretty much right away, randomly transforming the living room into a torture chamber and influencing a neighborhood dog named Peaches into mauling Jacob’s leg. There’s also an incredibly sweaty sex scene between Jacob and Andrea, because hey, you have Shawn Weatherly in a movie and it’s the 90’s and foreign investors and you know how direct to video horror goes.

Nita Talbot, who was Marya on Hogan’s Heroes, shows up as a neighbor. She was in a wealth of horror films, like Island ClawsFrightmare (the Norman Thaddeus Vaine movie, not the Peter Walker version, and yes I realize that the director of that movie is also the main character in the fictional movie within a movie within that movie and yes, that’s very confusing), Chained Heat and Puppet Master II.

All hell breaks loose, with Peaches the dog being killed and her blood being used to smear anti-Jewish symbols all over her owner’s house, Lisa and Jacob being possessed by the clock, Rusty and Andrea actually being the heroes in a film that seems to not know who the protagonists should be and a trick ending that allows a character to scream the title of the movie, delighting me to no end. Top it all off with a Dick Miller cameo and you have an incredibly perfect waste of your time.

I mean, you have to love any movie that has a black box over 1992 in its opening titles. Yes, the movie was originally called Amityville 1992: It’s About Time back when it was all the rage to put the year in the title of movies. 

You can watch this on Amazon Prime or Tubi. Or, if you want the ultimate non-cannon Amityville experience, you can grab this movie as part of Vinegar Syndrome’s astounding Amityville: The Cursed Collection set, along with Amityville: The Evil EscapesAmityville: A New Generation and Amityville: Dollhouse.

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