Alas, 95 minutes later there was more a feeling of laughter than fear. This movie doesn't really have anything to do with the previous three, other than the “evil” that was present in the original house has now decided to take up residence in a lamp. Yes, that's right, a lamp. I've seen all sorts of objects being used as conduits for evil before in horror films - dolls, cars, animals, but lamps? Well, putting that to one side for a minute, this satanic lamp gets bought as a quirky gift at a garage sale for Alice Leacock (Jane Wyatt) by her sister. The lamp gets sent to her California home (hence the “evil escapes” title) and once plugged into the mains starts to wreak havoc by taking over various electrical household devices. There is also the ubiquitous young girl who has a friend that no one else can see (this time being her dead father). The “tension” builds as the evil lamp takes more victims until finally with the help of a young priest, they try to exorcise the evil from the lamp once and for all.
I was surprised to discover that this instalment was actually written by the author of the original Amityville Horror story and that this was produced by Barry Bernadi who had previously worked on films such as The Fog and the Halloween & Poltergeist series. As ever, I'm coming at this purely as a mainstream, impartial viewer rather than someone who particularly enjoys horror movies, however there is no getting away from the fact that this is a watered down third sequel and is made-for-TV with really bad acting, an implausible plot and a central evil character that is supposed to scare you by glowing when it's emanating evil? I know I sound hard to please but I defy any but the most ardent horror fan to find this either scary or entertaining. This franchise has been milked to death, even after The Evil Escapes and I have counted nine related movies - but there are probably more. I'd rather watch Police Academy 4 than this - and that IS evil.
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