Welcome to an exciting year-long project here at The Nerdy. 1982 was an exciting year for films giving us a lot of films that would go on to be beloved favorites and cult classics. It was also the start to a major shift in cultural and societal norms, and some of those still reverberate to this day.
We’re going to pick and choose which movies we hit, but right now the list stands at nearly four dozen.
Yes, we’re insane, but 1982 was that great of a year for film.
The articles will come out – in most cases – on the same day the films hit theaters in 1982 so that it is their true 40th anniversary. All films are also watched again for the purposes of these reviews and are not being done from memory. In some cases, it truly will be the first time we’ve seen them.
This time around, it’s September 24, 1982, and we’re off to see Amityville II: The Possession and Yes, Giorgio!
Quick side note: Since we launched this series this year, we’ve discovered that Vintage Video Podcast is doing the exact same project with two differences: First, it’s audio (naturally), and second, they are doing every major film. We’ve listened to numerous episodes and it’s fun checking off their thoughts against my own. Check them out over at Vintage Video Podcast.
Amityville II: The Possession
Amityville II – The Possession takes place in the same house as the original film, but that is about where the similarities end.
A new family moves into the infamous house from the first film and things almost immediately begin to go wrong for them. The teenage son is clearly beginning to feel the impacts of the house and quickly starts to act out towards the family.
While The Amityville Horror told a fairly original story, the follow-up feels like a generic haunted house/possession film that brings nothing original to the table. It doesn’t ever feel like it’s filled with tension as the first film at least had everyone in the house experiencing issues. This one just focuses on the one family member, and by the time the rest of them realize something is wrong it’s too late for anyone to stop him.
If you’re looking for a generic as can be horror film, this should be fine for you. But prepare to be very underwhelmed.
Someone decided Luciano Pavarotti should star in a movie. Whomever that person was has inflicted great pain on the world.
Yes, Giorgio sees Pavarotti starring as the great opera singer “Giorgio Fini.” I put that in quotes because he’s just playing himself. Although married, he has ‘private’ life, and his wife has hers. And this leads to him falling for a doctor who helps him with a vocal emergency that turns out to just be mental block.
The rest of the film is just one excuse after another for Pavarotti to either sing or to show some supercilious “Look what I can do because I am worshipped as a god!” moment. ‘Come, lets jump in a hot air balloon and go off to my friends vineyard… or lets take over this Chinese couple’s house and have them be nothing but servants to our lust despite them being my friends!’
Pavarotti can’t act, and I’m just going to say it, I don’t think he was that great of a singer either. And putting up with nearly two hours of him doing two things you really don’t want to watch him do was more than enough. Thank you.
1982 Movie Reviews will return on Oct. 1 with Hey Good Lookin’ and My Favorite Year!
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