Amityville: The Evil Escapes - Fredric Lehne

Saturday Frights: Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

Friends, the other day while working at the arcade, Shea dropped in and surprised me with a ticket to see a double feature at the local Razorback theater. It was two Amityville films, released as part of Bloody Disgusting’s Retro Nightmares event at participating theaters. On three separate dates beginning back on September 27th, we fans of retro horror films could see the likes of The House on Sorority Row, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, as well as Sweet Sixteen and The Convent.

[Via] Multicom Entertainment

Of course three of those films have already played by the time you read this synopsis for 1989’s Amityville: The Evil Escapes. That does mean however you can catch a second double feature on the 11th, with 1983’s Sweet Sixteen and 2000’s The Convent. I do hope as well that you have a better audience than I had the misfortune of attending the Amityville double feature with. Now, make no mistake about it, Amityville: The Evil Escapes was a 1989 TV movie that originally aired on NBC and you most certainly can tell it was a made for TV film. Having said that though it is an absolutely delightfully wacky movie and catching it on the big screen was the perfect way to see it for the first time.

Amityville: The Evil Escapes is known by a few other titles, Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes and Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes. It is based on the 1988 book of the same name by John G. Jones, who wrote four more books based on the events of the Amityville ‘incident’. The story in the 1989 movie finds six brave priests storming the now infamous house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, each splitting up in an attempt to cleanse the home of it’s taint. Blood drips from the walls as doors slam in protest from the darkness inhabiting the house. It’s young Father Kibbler (Fred Lehne) who discovers in an upstairs room a bizarre looking floor lamp, sensing evil within he begins to call upon his faith. A demonic face appears briefly in it’s globe before unleashing a blast of energy that hurls the young priest back into a wall, knocking him unconscious.

Amityville: The Evil Escapes - Evil Lamp
Yes, you read that right, the evil is in the lamp!

Father Kibbler nor the other Priests realize it yet, but the evil of Amityville has transferred it’s darkness into the lamp itself. Which is a very bad time for the realtor, who is informed by the Priests that the house has been cleansed, to hold a sale of all the personal belongings the last inhabitants left behind. After Helen Royce (Peggy McCay) purchases the lamp as joke gift for her sister – the lamp is shipped to Alice Leacock (Father Knows Best‘s Jane Wyatt) in California. This I should add is after poor Helen cuts herself on the lamp…and later dies from tetanus, another victim of the evil of the Amityville house. It arrives at the same time as Alice’s daughter, Nancy (Patty Duke) and her three children show up, temporarily moving in after the death of Nancy’s husband. The lamp quickly shows it has every intention of continuing to cause tragedy, even appearing to possess Nancy’s youngest Daughter.
Amityville: The Evil Escapes - Patty Duke

As one horrible ‘accident’ after another takes place in Alice’s once quiet home, it is a race against time for Father Kibbler, who is attempting to locate where the lamp and it’s evil presence has found a new home. Will he be able to arrive in time to save Nancy and her Family? Well, you will just have to check Amityville: The Evil Escapes for yourself to learn that answer, friends. The movie features some definite moments of overacting to be sure but you will most definitely be entertained while you watch it.

Now then, want to check out the trailer for Amityville: The Evil Escapes?

You might wonder why I have nothing to say about Amityville 1992: It’s About Time? Remember what I said about the bad audience, quite frankly they were so disruptive I actually had a hard time hearing the first film – it’s the MST3K syndrome with certain moviegoers.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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