The long-suffering Dimension sequel Amityville: The Awakening showed up online last week thanks to the fine folks at Google. I read that it was getting a limited theatrical release on Oct 27, but given the history of this movie I didn’t want to take any chances. So last night I fired up my iPad and watched it. The history of this movie is well documented so I won’t rehash it here. Suffice it to say that after five long years waiting I was thrilled to finally see it even if it was on my iPad, which makes the fact that it was so mediocre a bit disappointing.
I give up.
Deadline reports that Amityville: The Awakening is no longer coming out June 30 and is off the summer schedule. Maybe this means they are saving it for Halloween when people want to see horror movies, or maybe this means the movie is crap and no one wants to see it but me.
It might come out. Eventually. Someday. Hell, at this point I’d be happy with direct to OnDemand or iTunes. Oh well.
*wakes up and cleans the covfefe from my eyes*
Four score and seven years ago Dimension Films announced a new Amityville film called Amityville: The Awakening. It promised a decent cast, a damn fine house, and a return to the origins of what made us like this story to begin with.
But then the White Witch cursed us to an eternal winter of bad television reboots and another Spiderman movie. Now the fog is clearing it seems and later this month we will finally get to see this movie awaken with all its schmaltzy horror goodness.
Check out the new trailer! It has much awesomeness.
This trailer runs circles around the first one, which looked more like a reboot of The Haunting in Connecticut than an Amityville movie. This one is perfection. Did you notice Jodie the Pig? The Red Room? Its all there. I am so much more excited now.
Amityville:The Awakening drops in the US on 6/29 and abroad on 7/14.
The producers of The Haunting in Connecticut have teamed up with Amityville historian Dan Farrands and cooked up The Haunting on Long Island: The Amityville Murders. Farrands wrote and screenplay and is directing, and given his extensive knowledge about the case I have no doubt we’ll get an accurate look at the tragic final days DeFeo family minus all the conspiracy theories that Shattered Hopes was selling.
Production begins summer 2017.
I am so tired of waiting for the release of Amityville: The Awakening. It was supposed to be out tomorrow but the studio reportedly decided that an R rating for a horror movie that features killing and death and scary things is unacceptable in America. (thanks Donald). It has been pulled for edits to make it into a safe and snuggly PG-13 horror film which hardly ever ends well. The new release date is sometime in June and I am trying very hard to care at this point.
Oh who am I kidding…I’m seeing it.
I first discovered the Amityville series by way of a worn paperback at my local library. Since then I’ve built quite a collection of worn Amityville paperbacks of my own. I had never run across the movie edition of Hanz Holzer’s Murder in Amityville until today.
Hardbacks of this book are hard to come by, so I was thrilled to find this gem In pretty good shape for just 50 cents at an antique mall in Somerset, Kentucky. In addition to the photos of Ronnie and the 1977 visit by Ethel Myers this version has photos from the movie Amityville 2: The Possession. Its not worth anything as far as pop culture memorabilia goes, but it will go nicely on my Amityville shelf.
Amityville: The Awakening has been delayed more times than Hillary Clinton has been investigated for her emails. It is due out in the States on 1/6/17 but it looks like it will be opening overseas just before New Years. Check out this new poster.
I’m not sure what the ‘2’ is for exactly. Early on this movie was being touted as the first direct sequel to the 1979 film, so I’m guessing that makes this The Amityville Horror 2: The Awakening for fans abroad. I don’t care what number they slap on it as long as I get to see it.
A resourceful gentleman from England has started a GoFundMe page to raise the funds to buy the Amityville Horror House and open it to the public.
We want to buy the house and make it into an attraction. During most of the year the house will be open to the public for visits and as a B&B so people can spend this night in this haunted house.
During the Halloween period the house and the grounds will become home to the best Halloween attraction around.
This has been tried before, and the Amityville City Council shut it down pretty fast. The only way I could get behind an effort like this is if the house was moved somewhere else. I had a brilliant idea a while back for a horror themed amusement park where all the iconic horror houses from film and television could be recreated on one residential street, each housing its own uniquely themed haunted house attraction. The Amityville House could be dismantled and moved there.
It wouldn’t just be haunted houses though. Other areas of the park would feature other genres, like alien abduction movies, monster movies, etc. A new JAWS ride could open there, and Camp Crystal Lake could be an actual resort with cabins and so forth. Of course there would be an entire section for Stephen King, and a New Orleans street for all the vampires and voodoo queens. Fun for the entire family!
Considering he has raised 0$ since the campaign began three months ago I don’t think the city of Amityville has anything to worry about. Meanwhile I think I’ll start a GoFundMe for my horror theme park idea. 100 million should get me started, don’t ya think?
For all you gamers out there an indie company is working on a new game called Amityville 76. It takes place in the months after the Lutz family fled and focuses on the paranormal investigations made during the summer and fall of 1976.
I’m not much of a gamer but based on the photos I’ve seen of the house model they’ve been building I may have to buy this one.
“Explore a full recreation of the house and its grounds. Built using photo reference the game recreates as much detail as possible including furniture,wallpapers and items. You will be able to open every drawer and closet,examine items to discover the history of the house and visit the much talked about ‘red room’.”
You can follow the development over at their website: http://www.indiedb.com/games/amityville-76