Monday, May 16, 2011

Amityville Gets "Official" Sequel

Just last week, we talked about Hannibal Classics' 3D revamp of The Amityville Horror series with their upcoming Amityville: The Legacy. Now, Dimension Films and Mirimax have announced the green-lighting of yet another entry in the series, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, reports Arrow in the Head. The film will be in the "found-footage" style that's all the rage right now, picking up where the original Amityville Horror left off with the footage dating back to 1976.

The plot is detailed as follows: An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads 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.

Bob Weinstein also commented: "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."

So now we have two separate Amityville films in the making? Will one take reign over the other like the classic Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist battle of 2005? Of the two films, I would prefer this one over the other, being that a found-footage treatment is the only new trick that this long-running series has up its sleeve. Sure, it's competing with a 3D treatment, but when is the last time 3D actually worked for an Amityville film?

Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, who penned the screenplay, are also set to direct the film this summer with a planned January 27th, 2012 release date.

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