A Pair of Amityville Horrors Attempt to Scare Audiences in Familiar Territory
05.16.11 by Ryan
Some franchises will never die. They just multiply.
The last time audiences got to see an Amityville Horror movie in theaters was the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. Now two Amityvilles will be arriving in 2012.
Dimension and Miramax will release The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes first on January 27, 2012. The two studios announced the project over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, HitFix reports. According to the press release, The Lost Tapes is a "found footage" horror movie that follows "an ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leading a team of journalists, clergymen, and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as 'The Amityville Horror' ... only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close."
While the take on The Lost Tapes is more original than some of Amityville's many sequels, it's also an attempt to capitalize on the Paranormal Activity movies, even retaining the services of Paranormal producer Jason Blum. Expect the poster to inevitably claim "from the makers of Paranormal Activity."
"We are thrilled to return to the mythology of the Amityville Horror with a new and terrifying vision that will satisfy our existing fans and also introduce an entirely new audience to this popular haunting phenomenon," said Dimension's Bob Weinstein.
No director has been announced for The Lost Tapes, but that will likely happen soon, since the movie's January release date is only 8 months away.
The Amityville - The Legacy 3D will follow The Lost Tapes in October 2012 and is based on the book Amityville: The Evil Escapes by John G. Jones, which also helped inspire the 1989 TV movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes, 1992's Amityville: Its About Time, and 1993's Amityville: A New Generation, the latter two of which respectively followed a clock and a mirror from the original Amityville house that caused havok in new homes.
Legacy 3D won't follow an item that is taken from the original Amityville, but will see the same curse move to a new home. Production company Hannibal Classics is producing the movie and offers a detailed (and spoiler-filled) synopsis on their website.
Production on The Legacy 3D will start this September with a script by Andrew Helm (The Death Racers) and Steve B. Harris (The Devil's Tomb). No director or cast has been announced.
The original Amityville Horror opened in 1979 and was based on the 1977 book The Amityville Horror: A True Story by Jay Anson, which told the supposedly true story of the Lutz family who experienced paranormal phenomena after moving into a home where a murder had taken place 13 months before. The story has inspired a series of novels and, including The Lost Tapes and The Legacy 3D, 11 movies.