‘Amityville: The Awakening’ Trailer: It’s Not You, It’s the House

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Whatever you do, don’t move into a house where the previous owner murdered their family under mysterious circumstances. You would think that characters in horror films would’ve picked up on this lesson by now; or, at the least, perform far more rigorous background checks on their newly-acquired real estate than they generally do.

Either way, that’s not what happens in the upcoming Amityville: The Awakening, if the newly-released trailer is anything to judge by. Previously known as just Amityville, this new installment in the Amityville Horror movie franchise – the twelfth (!) overall - reboots the supernatural horror property (… again), and has no connection to the Amityville Horror remake (starring Ryan Reynolds) that was released a decade ago. Well, except that both films revolve around a family that moves into the same Long Island house where, in 1974, a mass murder took place.

The Amityville: The Awakening trailer footage (watch it above) includes the customary unsettling events, seemingly paranormal entities, and requisite jump scares. It’s also got some surprisingly nasty body horror elements too, what with the bed-ridden James (played by The Giver‘s Cameron Monaghan) attracting supernatural maggots and being possessed by demonic forces that transform him into some kind of Gollum-esque monster. Or maybe that’s all in the head of his sister, Belle (Bella Thorne), who’s slowly going insane as she begins hearing voices that tell her to “Kill them all.”

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Amityville: The Awakening was scripted and directed by Franck Khalfoun, who certainly does have a thing for making gruesome horror fare – as evidenced by his previous collaborations with writer/producer Alexandre Aja on such films as P2 and the Maniac remake. Khalfoun’s new film appears to have its fair share of grossness too; whether or not it will conjure up much in the way of dread or effective scary storytelling, that’s another matter. (The release date doesn’t inspire loads of confidence, though.)

The cast of Amityville: The Awakening includes Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Spectacular Now), Taylor Spreitler (Melissa & Joey), and Thomas Mann (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), among others.

Amityville: The Awakening opens in U.S. theaters on January 2nd, 2015.

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  3. Lol can we have some nachos with all this cheese.

    How many times can the same story be told over and over again

    “It’s not you it’s the house..” lol these corny lines have lost the novelty value. The trailer and movie reeks of been there done that.

  4. Of course its her, she moved to that house. Well, at least the demon/Ghost/Grudge thing is going to cure her brother.

  5. So…basically they made a new movie that doesn’t follow the actual story (or any of the film versions that have come since) and slapped the Amityville name on it instead of just making it a new haunted house story. That’s…..dumb.

  6. Actually looking forward too this. Some people should not judge a movie by it’s cover and instead see it. I hate this idea of “Great this is stupid.” I think this will be a good movie to start the 2015 year.

    • I agree…some of the movies i thought were going to be crap just surprised me…like The Woman in Black.

      • How many times have they replayed the story of the woman in black though. how many times has this story been told? And each time is crap upon crap they even did a crap found footage version. Is this one of those stories or movies that needs to be getting replayed and revisited over and over?

    • The point isn’t whether or not the movie is decent. It’s just not Amityville Horror. It has nothing to do with the original movie or (supposedly) true story. So therefore, I think it’s stupid to make it as an Amityville movie. They should have just made it into it’s own thing.

      Take the remake of Total Recall, for instance. The remake was actually a decent movie…on its own. But it was stupid to say that it’s a ‘Total Recall’ movie…because it had so very little to do with the original.

      Not to mention the upcoming remake of Point Break, in which they’ve decided to change the entire story. If it’s a new movie…with a new story….just give it it’s own damn name instead of utilizing brand recognition to try to sell tickets even though it has nothing to do with the brand itself.

      • I agree. But the total recall wasn’t really a remake as much as it was a reimagining of the short story before the movie and maybe if this amiityville movie was titled something different that’ll be slight better, maybe. But leave the amity series alone it’s just been tooooooo dragged out by now

    • Look at it this way…they actually have the house in the movie looking like the original 3 movies….at least they got the look of the house right…instead of that dreadful looking house in the Amityville reboot

  7. Long time observer of ScreenRant. First time poster. Had to chime in on this one. This movie is going to be absolutely horrible. I love how one of the most shocking of “real” haunting stories is dissolved into a very colorful and vivid steaming pile of crap akin to the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. All flash and no substance. And why oh why did Kurtwood Smith have to be involved. It’s been downhill ever since your RoboCop role. You pain is being felt.

  8. So we are still letting filmmakers pretend these movies are “based on true events.” That is almost as ridiculous as forcing the viewer to pretend that there are actually people in this country that could purchase, and move into, the amityville house without knowing that they just moved into the amityville horror house.

    • Well the trailer said inspired, not based. There’s a difference.
      And the actual murders where blamed on the house and demonic entities by the actual murderer.

  9. Amityville: The Awakening?

    Can’t we just put it to bed and let it sleep, already? No need to wake it up at all.

  10. Yeesh. Based on the trailer alone that looks like one of the worst horror movies to come out in recent years, (and trust me, that’s saying something).