Newly married Louise
and Bill Foster have just bought their first house. Pretty quickly they
realize all is not well. The house is haunted and - based on inexplicable
occurrences [like the crucifix constantly turning upside down] - it seems
to be possessed by a demon. The coffee pot starts spewing some chunky
ooze and then the kitchen vomits blue gunk from several unrelated areas.
Eventually, Louise is raped by the demon, a humanoid figure in a black
cloak, before they contact a clairvoyant who advises them to cut their
losses and move away.
The rather ineffective
Amnityville Horror narrative accounts for 62 minutes of the film's running
time. Director La Rue added two documentary-styled segments to his movie,
a black mass in the beginning and a voodoo ritual at the end. At the request
of concerned distributors, he was convinced to remove the Black Mass scenes
from the theatrical run and subsequent video releases. Here, now, is the
full version, running 92 minutes.
While the name Bart
La Rue has the ring of an obvious alias, it's not. He was was born Jimmie
Bartell La Rue in Abilene Texas. In the early '60s, La Rue was a drama
professor at McMurry College before moving to Los Angeles for an acting
career in 1965. He found work in television, featured in episodes of Bonanza,
Mission Impossible, Mannix, Lost in Space and Star Trek,
but in Hollywood he was best known for his baritone voice which secured
him numerous roles as a narrator. He directed only two films - interestingly
on polar extremes - this one and a documentary called The Ark of
Noah four years earlier. Mr Bart La Rue died in January 1990 at
American film in English language; fullscreen format (4:3), uncut (92
minutes), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include
selected theatrical trailers.
Recommended for Adult Audiences