Monday, August 22, 2011

Four, count 'em FOUR Amityville Horror films in the works

We've been beaten near to death with remakes and reboots and sequels and prequels so why not rush four films into production about the same subject?

Four studios are working on some variation on The Amityville Horror, the alleged true story of the Lutz family as they suffer at the hands of some paranormal activity after moving into the Long Island house where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family.

The tale was made popular in Jay Anson's bestselling novel and two feature films. And hey, when you make money a couple of times why stop?

So, here we go with four, count 'em FOUR more films on the subject matter. The first is Dimension Films's The Amityville Tapes, which is said to be a sequel of some sort from directors Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. 

Moving right along we've got My Amityville Horror, a documentary by Eric Walter about the DeFeo murders made with the help of  Daniel Lutz, the eldest son of George and Kathrine Lutz. Could be interesting if done right.

Then we've got Amityville: The Legacy 3D, which lost me as soon as I heard I had to pay three extra dollars to see it. This  is based on the book Amityville: The Evil Escapes by John G. Jones. I think I remember watching a crappy TV movie of the same name. Yup. I did. Thank you Google.

Finally there's The Amityville Tapes, a found footage flick casting as we speak in Los Angeles. It's from The Asylum, which means it could be fun or really dumb. Or some combination of the two. It has something to do with the Benson murders, which have nothing at all to do with the original story. I'm going to give up on my research and have a drink.

Ahhhh. Better.

Do we really care about four more Amityville movies? I reckon not. So let's all agree not to go see them so Hollywood and like ilk will be forced to make original films for a change. We can dream, right?

Thanks to Horror Movies.Ca and Bloody Disgusting for doing most of the leg work for me. And thanks as well to the fine folks at Google. You are our friend.


  1. I'm seriously tempted to write an "open letter" on my blog to Hollywood chastising them for their insufferable tendency to revisit previously spun tales in their money mongering lust for the general populace's finances just so they can pay for even more vacations to, "Been There, Done That" land.

    Seriously, enough is enough. The documentary may be interesting, but the others just seem like feeble minded executives pretending that dressing the story up in 3-D (which, one of the previous Amityville movies did), or changing the title makes it an entirely new story.

    Bah, humbug!

  2. Yup. That's why I posted this. To make movie geeks angry! Enough is enough already, Hollywood! Up them!!

  3. I say we write, and produce our OWN low budget, old school film!

  4. Hehehe... Maybe Mr. Castle would be interested...