Watch Amityville The Awakening (2017) | Synopsis and Review

 Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, 2012), Amityville: The Awakening is the nineteenth – sixth horror film to be produced and subsequently released on the big screen – basing its story on the legend of a haunted house in Amityville, New York, United States, and was once the location of a mass murder tragedy in 1974. Amityville: The Awakening itself presents a new (fiction) story that is different from the story presented in The Amityville Horror (Stuart Rosenberg, 1979) and the remake version. (Andrew Douglas, 2005) starring Ryan Reynolds – which is equally popular and was referenced in one scene of this film. The premise of a horror story in a legendary haunted house may sound promising. But, sadly, Khalfoun is a terrible storyteller and then fails to deliver an interesting or scary horror presentation.


Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a single mother who has just brought her two daughters, Belle (Bella Thorne) and Juliet (Mckenna Grace), to a new home close to the health facility where she is caring for her son, James (Cameron Monaghan). , who has been in a coma for the past two years. The move turned out to have a positive effect on James' health. Gradually, James was able to emerge from his coma and even began to communicate again with his family members. At the same time, Belle begins to feel a supernatural force disturbing the house. Intrigued, Belle begins to investigate the history of her new home… and discovers the dark history that once took place in the house.


Khalfoun's quality of storytelling in Amityville: The Awakening may be enough to explain why the film, which finished shooting in 2014, was only released in mid-2017 - and is not even slated for release in its home country, the United States. Amityville: The Awakening comes with many problems in various corners of the story script. Khalfoun has never been able to provide a stronger depth to the series of conflicts and characters that are present in the storyline of the film. Conflicts and characters in this film come and go without any effort to mix them into a strong storytelling presentation. Khalfoun's execution to produce surprising moments in this film even feels so weak.


The impression that Amityville: The Awakening was done half-heartedly also emerged from the acting performances given by the acting department of this film. Leigh, Thorne, Monaghan, and Grace never seem convincing at all as part of the family. Thorne, who plays a character with the most dominant portion of storytelling in this film, even appears with a flat acting performance that is far from the emotional touch that is really needed for his character to look alive. It's not the fault of the entire acting department of this film. The story script directed by Khalfoun is indeed very weak in exploring each character. It is not surprising that Amityville: The Awakening ends as a film that runs as if there is no pulse of life. Flat. Boring. [D]


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