"Why would a priest be calling about a lamp?"
That's a great question! Cause the lamp is possessed by Satan, or whatever evil spirit lives in the Amityville house. This is a campy work of TV movie hilarity where the Amityville evil goes into Maximum Overdrive, once the lamp (which bears a striking resemblance to the album cover of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea) is shipped to a family in California. You're not safe from any household appliance, especially if you are the pet parrot.
The main sin this oddly entertaining film commits is promising a sequel that never came- Amityville: Pepper The Cat
Here’s a movie where Brad Pitt speaks in patois for at least five minutes.
For such a gorgeous looking movie (Hey Emmanuel Lubezki!) this is so fucking long and begging for parody. But the ending is very nice. Thomas Newman also does a lot of heavy lifting here. And wow is this the moment in the culture when people discovered the ukulele “Over The Rainbow” cover? I think so. Whole lot going on here.
Also it’s hilarious in 2019 to watch a movie where you assume that somebody has led a good and full life just because they are insanely rich.