Some people never learn: a journalist, skeptical of the alleged supernatural occurrences within the Amityville home, buys it to see if it’s really haunted. He gets his answer when ghosts and other non-living creatures turn his life into a living hell.
Skeptical journalist John Baxter and photographer Melanie expose a fraudulent medium who is operating in the infamous Amityville haunted house. Then, John surprises Melanie by deciding to buy the house and live in it. John’s estranged wife, Nancy, is also surprised, then disturbed, when John encourages their daughter, Susan, to visit. The house attacks visitors with horrors that include insects and extreme cold and heat. Eventually, parapsychologist Eliot West comes to investigate.
Director Richard Fleischer used 3-D in making his 1953 Western ARENA and, reportedly, he used it very effectively for Amityville 3-D. However, in spite of its title, on its nontheatrical releases Amityville 3-D remains obstinately flat. Fleischer’s lively cast includes a young Meg Ryan in one of her first screen appearances.
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