AMITYVILLE: THE RETURN
Amityville 3-D was made to exploit the short-lived 1981-3 revival of the 3D fad, following the success of Comin at Ya (1981). Director Richard Fleischer, better known for fine genre films like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Fantastic Voyage (1966), is a veteran of the original 1950s 3D fad and at least attempts to use the 3D for something more than shock effects and manages to create a certain amount of atmosphere by use of depth effect. (Although, the video and tv release where Amityville 3-D is screened flat today robs it of even these small plusses).
Nevertheless, even a long-serving director like Richard Fleischer cannot salvage the tiresome plot and seems unable to milk proceedings for any worthwhile suspense. Tony Roberts, who looks like an aging Maxwell Smart, is dogged, but Candy Clark proves the warm surprise of the piece. However, in a major miscalculation, she is disposed of before she gets the chance to become the love interest. One had hope that that the destruction of the house at the end would spare one the possibility of an Amityville IV, however the series limped on for another five films.
The have been a number of other Amityville sequels and films purporting to be sequels Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989), The Amityville Curse (1989), Amityville 1992: Its About Time (1992), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Amityville: Dollhouse (1996), The Amityville Haunting (2011), The Amityville Asylum (2013), Amityville Death House (2015), Amityville Playhouse (2015), The Amityville Legacy (2016), Amityville: No Escape (2016), Amityville Terror (2016), Amityville: Vanishing Point (2016), Amityville Exorcism (2017) and Amityville: The Awakening (2017). The Amityville Horror (2005) was a remake of the original. There have been several documentaries Amityville 2000/The Amityville Horror: 25 Years Later (2000), The Real Amityville Horror (2005) and Amityville: The Final Testament (2010), which tried to examine what happened in the house, while the parapsychological investigation into the house is also featured in The Conjuring 2 (2016).
Richard Fleischers other films are: Disneys classic Jules Verne adaptation 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Fantastic Voyage (1966) about a miniaturized submarine journey inside the human body, the musical version of Doctor Dolittle (1967), The Boston Strangler (1968), the psycho-thriller See No Evil/Blind Terror (1971), the true life serial killer film 10 Rillington Place (1971), the over-populated future film Soylent Green (1973) and the Robert E. Howard adaptations Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Red Sonja (1985).