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
I have not seen The Conjuring 2 yet which is inexcusable given that it has a fairly significant connection to the Amityville story. The film opens with the seance Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farming & Patrick Wilson) performed at 112 Ocean Avenue in the months after the Lutz family fled in 1976. The Warrens then move on to England to investigate the Enfield Haunting. I was hoping that they made some effort to get the Amityville house right in this latest effort and it seems I won’t be disappointed.
Check out this pic of director James Waan in the set for Ronald DeFeo’s bedroom. Note the groovy wallpaper and then compare to the crime scene photo from 1974.
Pretty groovy right? I have to give props when a filmmaker makes an effort to get even the small details right.
The Amityville Horror house is on the market once again. For the low bargain price of 850K you can own a piece of history and have the most popular stop for Halloween on Long Island.
The listing doesn’t give us any new interior photos to obsess over but there are some great exterior shots. Enjoy.
A reader made me aware of yet another Amityville film in production. This one is called Amityville: No Escape. The trailer has a Blair Witchy kind of vibe which I can get into. It is directed by Henrique Couto and stars Joni Durian, Alia Gabrielle Eckhardt, Allison Egan
In order to raise the authenticity to a thesis film on the topic of “fear” a group of friends camp in the woods of the most notorious town in America… AMITYVILLE.
Check out the trailer behind the cut…
Teen director Dylan Mars Greenburg has dropped the first trailer for his newest film Amityville: Vanishing Point and it is something to behold. Check it out.
A few years ago, before Amityville got “awakened” by Dimension another reboot was in the works entitled Amityville: The Lost Tapes. Rumors were flying on message boards about this film and what it would be about. One of the more popular ones involved a retelling of the infamous seance that took place in the home a few weeks after the Lutz family fled into the night. Tapes was to be written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. One of the directors, David Bruckner, recently spoke to Fangoria and revealed that was not the case at all. Their vision for the Amityville franchise was a bit more innovative and sounds like it could have been really fun. I would have loved to have seen their version.
The project was shelved however and Bruckner moved on. Dimension moved forward with Amityville: The Awakening instead, the release of which has been delayed numerous times. The new release date is January 2017.
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Amityville: The Awakening, once scheduled for release in 2015 and then moved to April 1, 2016 has now been pushed to January 2017. The story they are hoping we will believe is that the studio heads just saw the film and decided that “people like to be scared in January, not April“.
I call bullshit.
People like to be scared anytime…but especially at Halloween. Wouldn’t October make more sense? Just put this thing out on DVD and call it a day.
My favorite thing about the internet is now folks with very specific interest and obsessions can find just about anything to satisfy them. Case in point: this Amityville dollhouse I found on Etsy.
The release of Amityville: The Awakening is just a few weeks away and production designer David Lazan has updated his website with some amazing behind the scenes photos of the house set built for the movie. Here is a taste:
From the looks of these photos they really tried to recreate the house from the 1979 film. I want to move in immediately.