A group of priests (what is the collective word for clergymen?)
perform a multiple exorcism in the infamous Amityville House.
The next day one of them declares that the evil presence has
gone. In a lawn sale of the furniture a woman buys an ugly
sculptured lamp stand with a globe shade and sends it to her
sister. At the same time her sister's daughter and three children
arrive to stay. Immediately the pet bird and cat react violently
to the lamp. A young priest who saw the entity transmigrate
into the lamp, comes out of hospital desperate to trace the
lamp's new owner, but his mission to save lives is hampered
by distance and supernatural threats...
with some of The Exorcist films, this is another example
of hanging-in with the original franchise-creating movie instead
of telling its own tale. The Evil Escapes is a good
lesson in how not to make a horror flick. You get the sense
that someone with no knowledge of the horror genre and how
to shock and frighten people has arrived in town declaring,
"I can do that!"
is no sense of timing and so no effective impacts. The film
begins with the evil entity rebelling against the exorcisms.
There is no build-up of suspense or tension before the furniture
starts shaking and black gunge pours from the walls. The only
reaction it induced in me was a yawn. There are no real special
effects on offer, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but
who on Earth is going to be scared by a lamp that glows orange?!
It might make you feel cosy (or think of a Pelican Crossing),
but I'm certain that wasn't the desired effect.
plot (what there is of it) and the dialogue are pretty cringeworthy.
The priest has to get permission from the Monsignor to travel
to save a family! Is that supposed to be a character's story
conflict? Surely, if it was that important to you, wouldn't
you just go? The youngest daughter is possessed by the evil,
but when she is reclaimed her words are: "Mummy, I had a bad
dream." At that point I demanded to know why the ground hadn't
opened up to swallow me. Matters weren't helped when the family
cat attained superimposed red eyes. Dear me, if you're going
to make a horror film learn your trade first.
a possibility this might appeal to mainstream viewers not
familiar with horror, but fans of the genre should find buying
a beer mat more useful.