Diane Franklin is an iconic 80s movie actress, recognized for her darkish curly hair and profitable smile. Diane began with modeling, theater, commercials, and cleaning soap opera work. She then gained the lead position because the dream woman, Karen, in cult basic THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982) and shortly after performed the daughter, Patricia Montelli in AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. Her break-out movie position was the spirited French-exchange scholar, Monique Junot, reverse John Cusack within the off-beat comedy BETTER OFF DEAD. She additionally performed the medieval Princess-babe, Joanna within the iconic comedy, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.


AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION was a 1982 prequel to the hit movie THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979). It advised of the true story of Ron Defeo Jr., who had massacred his household in 1974 in the home that subsequently bought to the Lutz household, who claimed it was haunted. Diane Franklin performed Defeo’s youthful sister. The Lutz household’s story turned the guide, after which the film THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. Now director/author Daniel Farrands has re-told the story of the Defeo household in THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS,  which is out in theaters, on demand and digital now. Diane Franklin is again within the new movie, this time enjoying the mom of the daughter she performed in 1982.

Diane Franklin took the time to speak to We Are Film Geeks about her profession and about starring in each variations of this similar story.

Interview carried out by Tom Stockman January 30th, 2019

Tom Stockman: Hello Diane. It’s so good to speak to you. You and I are about the identical age, so I’ve been watching your movies for a very long time. I noticed them once they have been new. I’d like to speak about two of your films. One is THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS, which I do know you’re out selling. I watched it the opposite day after which when it was over I instantly watched AMITYVILLE II THE POSSESSION from 1982. 

Diane Franklin: That have to be fascinating so that you can have watched these again to again I’d wish to know what you assume.

TS: I used to be stunned how a lot THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS was a remake of AMITYVILLE  II. The brand new movie ends with the murders, however the 1982 movie goes into this entire bizarre second half with the priest and the exorcism and all the monsters.

Diane Franklin with  John Robinson in THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS

DF: I’ll inform you why. It’s as a result of Dino DeLaurentis produced the movie and didn’t have the rights to make it simply one other AMITYVILLE HORROR. He didn’t need it to be too comparable so he determined to get it out of the home. So he made the primary half concerning the residence and the household, after which the second half about possession.

TS: Sure, they’re very comparable. I’d say there are even some similar scenes. I may also say that the AMITYVILLE  II THE POSSESSION has aged nicely. It actually holds up.

DF: Properly, that’s good to listen to.

TS: There are different variations within the movies as properly. For instance, the incest angle from the 1982 movie is absent within the new one.

DF: I used to be interested in that as properly. Once I first learn the script, I used to be questioning what director/author Daniel Farrands was doing. I feel he needed to make extra of a mild reference to the incenst as an alternative of creating it one thing that was the main target of the story. Everyone remembers the incest scene from AMITYVILLE  II, however the second movie is extra concerning the abuse and the household relationships. As a result of Daniel had made a documentary about Amityville, I feel he needed to remain true to the information of what he knew. It was said however by no means confirmed that there was an incestual relationship between these siblings, so it was actually the administrators name. I don’t know if together with an incest scene within the new one would’ve helped or harm it. What I like concerning the new movie it’s based mostly extra on reality. This new one is extra actual to me.

TS: I feel it’s neat that you simply made this movie that may be a remake the place you have been enjoying the mom of a personality that you simply had performed in a film over 35 years in the past. I can’t consider that even occurring in a remake of a movie earlier than.

DF: Sure, I’m the one actress that has ever performed the mom and the daughter in two variations of the identical story so I get these two totally different views. That was what was so superb. Once I obtained the position I questioned how I used to be so fortunate to get this expertise. Once I performed the daughter in 1982, I allowed myself to be utterly harmless,, and never give off any unfavorable power. I needed that character to be pure and upbeat and free. And once I performed the mom within the new movie, I needed to let that destructive power in and present that I do know that there are issues and really feel them. As a mom you understand every thing and you are feeling it probably the most, so it was a really totally different expertise doing it this time. And I used to be extra spooked this time that I used to be the primary time.


TS: Within the 1982 movie, the household identify was Mantelli. The actual identify of the household was The Defeos, and within the new film they’re referred to as that. Was that one other factor that DeLaurentis was making an attempt to economize on again in 1982.

DF: In all probability. I feel again within the 1980s, they not often used actual names which in all probability had one thing to do with lawsuits or one thing.  Since Daniel had made the documentary concerning the murders, he checked out this movie as extra of a docudrama.

TS: Properly in fact on this one you have been in a position to make use of that nice Walter Cronkite clip the place he talks concerning the Defeo household.

DF: Sure Daniel did a terrific job of placing issues in that made it actually really feel just like the 70s. There are such a lot of ranges during which to love this movie. On a historic degree, youngsters don’t know what it was like throughout that point. Additionally I feel individuals will take a look at the abuse by Mr. Defeo and perceive what that was like. Individuals can watch it with a variety of totally different views.

TS: Have you learnt a lot about the actual Ron Defeo Jr.? I consider he’s nonetheless in jail.

DF: Sure he’s nonetheless locked up. I consider Daniel tried to get an interview with him however he couldn’t. I don’t know what occurred.  His story concerning the murders modified so many occasions and I feel that was an actual drawback.

TS: Sure, at first he stated some mobsters did it, after which he stated his sister did it. He’s the place he belongs. Have you ever ever been to the precise Amityville home?

DF: I can’t consider that I’ve not ever been to the actual Amityville home as a result of I grew up simply a few cities away, in Plainview Lengthy Island. However my dream is to go to that home with Ghost Adventures program and do some type of present there. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

TS: That may be nice. I assume that for each movies then, they rebuilt the outside of the home as a set.

DF: Sure, they did it at totally different places. In 1982 we filmed in Toms River New Jersey, and the brand new movie was made right here in Los Angeles.

TS: Burt younger exhibits up within the first scene of THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS, and he had performed your father again in 1982. Speak about Burt Younger.

DF: I beloved working with him. We’ve a stupendous scene collectively within the new movie. Sure, he performs my dad on this movie and he performed my dad within the first movie so he’s the grandfather on this new one. I noticed a Burt at a conference a few years in the past and we each received teary-eyed and I’m so glad I used to be capable of work with him once more.

Diane Franklin and Jack Magner in AMITYVILLE II THE POSSESSION

TS: The actor who performed your older brother within the unique movie was a man named Jack Magner. I can’t place him in a single different movie. What occurred to him?

DF:  I do know he lives on the East Coast and stopped appearing quickly after that. He was gifted however not everyone chooses lifetime of an actor. I feel it’s nice that folks keep in mind him from that movie and I actually appreciated him.

TS: Sure, he was fairly good within the movie. You’ve completed a few of these autograph exhibits and horror film conventions. Do you take pleasure in doing that?

DF: I adore it. I’ve gone to comic-cons and horror cons, The Hollywood present, and superstar exhibits and everyone I meet is so good. Particularly on the horror conference, the place they love the make-believe and dressing up. It’s like Halloween on a regular basis at these conventions. It’s like they’ve by no means misplaced their sense of enjoyable or creativity. I be certain that everybody who comes and sees me he has a good time. I’ll convey the coat that I wore in BETTER OFF DEAD and allow them to attempt it on. I’m popping out with a brand new e-book. I’ve written two books about my profession to date. The brand new guide shall be specializing in BETTER OFF DEAD so anybody who wore my coat may be in that e-book. Simply ship the photographs to me.

TS: I hope sometime you’ll come to one of many conventions near me so I can meet you.

DF: We’ve been speaking about doing a conference with John Cusack in Chicago.


TS:  I’ll search for that. There’s an actress who performs your daughter Daybreak within the new movie. Her identify is Chelsea Ricketts. I assumed she seemed remarkably such as you, and that that was good casting.

DF: Sure, Dan informed me about her and stated that she was a very good actress. I used to be so comfortable once I met Chelsea. She is a stunning woman and an incredible actress and we received alongside splendidly. I had these superb flashbacks whereas watching her play the character I had performed. It was very gratifying to do that movie together with her.

Diane Franklin with Paul Ben-Victor and John Robinson in THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS

 TS: You’ve got an actress daughter of your personal named Olivia who is true round that age. Did they ever contemplate casting her?

DF: For about one minute, we have been contemplating having Olivia audition. However my daughters specialty is comedy, and I needed her to do her factor. Lately a movie that she wrote and might be directing obtained optioned, so I’ll quickly be appearing in a film together with her. She is capturing that someday this yr.

TS: Inform me about that film.

DF: It’s referred to as THIS GET ROUGH. Kimberly Tate, who performed the opposite princess in BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, is producing the movie. She loves Olivia‘s work. In case you are . In Olivia‘s work, Go to Barely Authorized Comedy on YouTube and you will see my daughter and her comedy sketches there. That is her yr. She simply received a Snapchat collection picked up and she or he’s engaged on one other collection for a manufacturing firm at Warner Bros. She’s 22 years previous and that is all so thrilling.

TS: Good luck to her and to you and I hope everyone studying this interview checks out  THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS.

DF: Thanks

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