Story: Alyssa (Alex Rinehart) and her friend Karla (Kelsey Zukowski) have been trapped at a halfway house run by religious management, as they’re unable to just leave and both decide to take a risk. An escape won’t be easy, but with few other options on the table, the two make a run for freedom and while Alyssa makes it, Karla isn’t so fortunate. A strange creature attacks Karla and mauls her, while Alyssa survives, though her absence has already been discovered. Now a detective has been dispatched to track her down and return her to the halfway house, as per the court’s order. With the church, the police, and some kind of beast on her trail, is Alyssa’s freedom destined to be short lived?
Entertainment Value: As you likely predicted, this movie has nothing to do with Amityville, not even any kind of loose connections, like some of the knockoff sequels throw in. No such effort here, just a super dull, drawn out, and forgettable horror movie. The narrative sounds ridiculous enough to be fun, with a weird religious theme complete with nuns, tied into a werewolf story, but it all winds up as boring and not well executed. I mean, some wild nuns vs. werewolf or just a fun werewolf tale would have worked on at least some level, instead of this glacial misfire. The languid pace really drags the entire movie down, but that is due in part to the script, which seems to be content with dull exposition and very little in terms of horror, tension, or violence. The pace might have snapped a little with more kinetic elements, rather than the slow, inactive approach taken. The story never sparked much interest in general and to be honest, I can’t find much positive to say about this one. I was bored with The Amityville Moon and certainly would not recommend it.
No one is able to turn their presence here into a star making effort, but the lackluster script is a factor in that, as well. I found the cast to be just mostly there, for the most part, going through the lines and such, but without much enthusiasm. The tone remains serious throughout, which is ineffective since there is no tension or suspense to speak of, but the cast sticks to that seriousness. I know I always say this, but if a movie is dull, the cast can sometime punch up the material with a dialed up performance, but that never happens here. Cody Renee Cameron is perhaps the best of the lot, with the most memorable turn in this one, though that is a low bar. She is by no means bad, but she doesn’t show much spark and doesn’t push the material to draw out better moments. I think she likely managed the best she could with the flat script, however, as she does have the most energy of the cast. A cast that also includes Tuesday Knight, Michael Cervantes, and Sheri Davis.