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Dimension Films Bringing Horror Back to Amityville Once Again

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November 29, 2009
Source: Bloody-Disgusting

Amityville Horror

As if Dimension Films didn't already have enough garbage on their upcoming slate, they're going ahead and adding yet another tired horror remake onto the pile as Bloody-Disgusting discovered that they are planning to remake The Amityville Horror. This comes only four years after the Platinum Dunes produced remake directed by Andrew Douglas grossed over $100 million internationally. Without specifics mentioned, there's apparently already a director in talks to develop the project, but with all the problems the Weinstein's have had recently with delayed pictures and halted production, who knows when this could get off the ground?

The original 1979 film was based on a 1977 book of the same name which claims to be a true story based on the real life paranormal experiences of the Lutz family, but has garnered much debate about its accuracy. The 2005 film is a remake of the original film, as well as its own adaptation of the book which focuses on the events leading up to November 13, 1974, when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed his family at their home, 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He killed five members of his family in their beds, but his youngest sister, Jodie, had been killed in her bedroom closet. He claimed that he was persuaded to kill them by voices he had heard in the house. Creepy.

With details being so sparse, I can't help but comment on how unnecessary this and the rest of Dimension's upcoming slate seems to be. Although I've expressed mild, cautious interest in the forthcoming return to the Scream franchise, I wouldn't be sad if it wasn't happening at all. Once again, I'm stuck wishing for a strong return from the script market so we can get some original films back into theaters. Unfortunately with only 2 of the top 30 highest grossing films of the decade being original films, that time seems quite far off.

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  • xerxex
    Why? The Ryan Reynolds one was actually pretty good, there were times where I was on edge and the whole "Catch em, Kill em" thing was creey as hell, and Reynolds did a good job at playing the crazy husband, but if they can do a god job with it and get a good screenwriter and director then I'll check it out. But they will probably ruin it by putting it in 3-D.
  • muzzi
    i agree with xerxex, the one with Ryan Reynolds was great, no need to produce another!
  • billy
    i 100% agree with 1 & 2 i really enjoyed the remake and i really dont think there is any point of another unless they completly change the setting or something.
  • EJP
    What this world does not need is another Amityville Horror remake. I believe it's pretty much been proven that the Lutz's entire story of being driven from the house by evil forces was a scam. If the filmmakers based the movie on the DeFeo family murders, at least it would be something that hasn't been done before.
  • Jeff
    Amazing how the acceptable remake window grows smaller and smaller. I suppose that coincides with shrinking audience attention spans? Just think... a remake of next year's Red Dawn remake could only be two years away! Yay! This must also be a byproduct of lazily naming franchise sequels the name of the root movie, a la Fast and Furious and Final Destination. Why put numbers or secondary titles on 'em right? Nobody cares anyway.
  • Superchyle
    Actually if I'm not mistaken they have done on movie based on those murders . I think it Amityvile 2 The Possesion . They should just leave this franchise now . It's had to good versions( I prefer the first). Time to make a different scary movie .
  • Personally, I'm waiting for the Avatar remake. That should be AWESOME! No. Seriously. I think it's coming out in January of 2010. McG directing! YAY! Originality rules! This message brought to you by one sarcastic pissed off movie lover.
  • napoleonblownapart
    they should also, while they are at it, remake the remakes of poseidon adventure and halloween
  • wm
    ...and star wars...actually the whole first trilogy. think of all the cgi they could improve with those movie. one could only imagine.
  • LORD MANTACO
    Okay usually I think people who fuss about remakes are idiots....But for fucks sake Amityville just got remade 4 years ago , so what the hell is this neccessary for......I would understand if maybe 10 years passed since the remake but come on man !! Wow
  • The Earl of Artichokes
    How many times are they going to remake this movie??? talk about no more water in the well....DAMN!!!!
  • Salber on Cinema
    someone has too much money to spend on worthless remakes a.k.a studio AND audience.
  • Feydakin
    As an avid critic of the remake, re-imagining and reboot trend in movies these days, especially in the horror genre, I am beside myself trying to figure out how they can justify this right now. The Ryan Reynolds version made only four years ago was actually pretty good (I mean I even bought the DVD). The only thing that I can think of is if they make it about the Ronald DeFeo, Jr. story, similar to the original Amityville Horror 2. Still, not really needed...

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