The Amityville Curse

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The Amityville Curse
The Amityville Curse 1990 DVD Cover.JPG
Original poster
Directed byTom Berry
Produced byFranco Battista
Written by
  • Michael Krueger
  • Doug Olson
  • Norvell Rose
Based onThe Amityville Curse
by Hans Holzer
Music byMilan Kymlicka
CinematographyRodney Gibbons
Edited byFranco Battista
Allegro Films
Distributed byVidmark Entertainment
Release date
  • May 7, 1990 (1990-05-07)
Running time
91 minutes
United States

The Amityville Curse is a 1990 American-Canadian supernatural horror film directed by Tom Berry, it stars Kim Coates, Cassandra Gava and Jan Rubeš. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Hans Holzer. It is the fifth film in the Amityville film series.


Five people spend the night in an abandoned haunted house in Amityville, New York and soon find themselves terrorized by assorted ghosts, venomous insects and ghostly spirits.

Marvin and Debbie buy the house. They renovate with the help of three friends: Frank, Bill and Abigail. The former housekeeper, Mrs Moriarty, is murdered. A priest had been murdered at the house twelve years earlier when the house was a rectory. At the end, Frank is possessed by the curse, causing him to murder Mrs. Moriarty (by pushing her from the top of a flight of stairs), Marvin and Bill. He tried to kill Debbie but he failed and eventually, with the help of Abigail, Debbie kills Frank and the two women are saved.



The film was loosely based around Hans Holzer's book The Amityville Curse. The movie is unusual for featuring a completely different haunted house and a different background than the rest of the series.

Even though the setting of the film is supposed to be in Amityville, it is not actually 112 Ocean Avenue, the setting for the previous Amityville films. The house used here is a different house. This film has a plot line and back-story completely unique to this film and is in no way connected to the previous films. Although some fans believed that the house is linked to 112 Ocean Avenue through the tunnel from the first three films.[1] A brief reference is made to the DeFeo murders and to the town's supernatural history.


It was made in 1989 and released to video in May 1990.[2]


  1. ^ "The Amityville Curse". Reviews. Dark Angel's realm of Horror. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  2. ^ "The Amityville Curse (1990)". Encyclopaedia of Fantastic Film and Television. 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-09. & "The Amityville Curse (1989) (1990)". Video. Retrieved 2007-10-09.

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