New ‘Amityville Horror’ Film to Use Found Footage

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 14th, 2012 at 7:56 am,

amityville horror remake seance New Amityville Horror Film to Use Found Footage

The Amityville Horror franchise has been terrifying audiences everywhere since the original movie came out in 1979. Since then, nine other movies have been made about the evil lurking in the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, the most recent being The Amityville Haunting in 2011.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a new movie is being added to the franchise, and it appears to have a unique twist. New producer and executive chairman of the Evergreen Media Group, Tony DeRosa-Grund, has acquired footage of a seance held in the house in Amityville in 1976 and will be using the video, and the experience of the two reporters who investigated the instances, as the basis for the film. No writer or director is currently attached to the project, but DeRosa-Grund will be using the “found footage” as part of the package he is taking out to the studios.

The original film was based on a bestselling novel titled The Amityville Horror: A True Story, which told the story of the Lutz family who claimed that their house was haunted. Thirteen months before the Lutz family moved into the house, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had shot and killed six members of his family there, which is allegedly what caused the haunting.

By using the reporters’ seance as the basis for the new film, DeRosa-Grund has been able to get around some tricky rights issues related to the Amityville franchise. Calling it a prequel might be technically inaccurate, given that the haunting took place in 1975, but it’s a clever way to market the movie and cash in on the Amityville name.

The two most prominent 'Amityville' films

Haunted house movies are a staple of the horror genre, from Poltergeist to Paranormal Activity. There’s something truly frightening about the idea that an evil entity can take over your home and start moving your chairs all around the room. Or killing you.

Are you interested in this take on the Amityville Horror story? Or should this franchise rest in peace?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I think i would rather see a prequel of the history of the house and property.

  2. I would rather see the found footage style go away entirely.

    • +1

  3. good to know…found footage always feels more realistic anw

    that will be perfect for this film…ESPECIALY this film

  4. The Amityville Haunting is already a found footage movie. And it is so freaking bad. They don’t even bother to get the layout of the house right or the positioning. They have a back yard. No boathouse, no water at all. It so totally sucked. But if they only use the seance found footage and the rest is a “real” movie, I’ll check it out.

    • I’m from Long Island, (a few towns away from Amityville) been to the house, no big deal. Just another house on the block. That iconic image isn’t the front, it’s the side. The house (as all the others) sits on the bank of the marina canal and does have a boat house or garage. I thought the first movie was fun in a quirky way, it had good performances by Kidder and Brolin, but it should have ended there. I don’t think anyone over the age of 40 cares anymore, so let the kids have their fun.

      • RobD, I care, and I’m 41. I care only if they finally make another decent film in this franchise, one with a decent budget and actors who can act, and a storyline that involves actual facts about this intriguing house and the legend it has created over these years

  5. Since then, nine other movies have been made about the evil lurking in the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, the most recent being The Amityville Haunting in 2011.

    • yeah, thanks – we read that the first time…

  6. l am quite unfamiliar with this franchise but isn’t found footage a little overused nowadays?

  7. the amityville house is a mysterious place with the paranormal events that happened to the lutz family,and ended in a massacre. there are not so many haunted houses with real(?)background. that sounds interessting for me as a horror fan.

    • the Lutz family story did NOT end in a massacre. BEFORE the Lutz’s moved in, there had been a murder in the house. That was it.

      there have been other families that have lived in that house since, and none have reported any unusual events.

      there is so much bullsh** associated with this story that it’s not funny. It’s a book, incredibly loosely based on “real events”. The book itself is at odds with the facts. The Lutz family recollections are at odds with evidence regarding their assertions.

      Oh, and anyway, regarding any found footage for this flick… meh, I’ll give it a pass. I’m totally turned off to the found footage genre now.

      • It wasn’t A murder, it was a whole family shot in their beds as they slept by the eldest son.

  8. Finally, something NEW and EXCITING!!!

    Who would have thought a horror movie that had found footage in a haunted house wouldn’t have been done before now?

    Wait, it has been done? How many? PA 1-4? Quarantine? REC? I guess it is not original at all then. Never mind, ignore this post.

  9. alright mike. you are right. it happened before the lutz family lived in the house.

  10. If I wanted to watch found footage I’d get a job watching security monitors at my local supermarket.

    It’d actually probably be scarier.

  11. Bleh. The original is still the best and most creepy and using the “found footage” angle is just cliche at this point.

    Next thing you know they will be tossing about the “dark and gritty” catch phrase.

  12. Although the murder(s) may have taken place before the Lutz’ moved in, the whole “haunting” thing purported afterwards in the original book was later proved to be a colossal hoax. I won’t reiterate all the evidence, read about it online.
    I also talked to an ex-marine who had actually passed through Amityville with a soldier friend, after coming back from Desert Storm, and he said they broke into the house, spent the night in there doing….well, bad things… and never once saw or heard anything “paranormal” in there whatsoever. They were two ex-marines with no reason to lie, since each had over 30 confirmed “kills” in Desert Storm. He said the place was simply boring. The entire franchise has been a cash grab, and nothing more. Avoid the franchise and make Hollywood come up with something original for god’s sake.

  13. i love amityville movies the amityville haunting footage was all fake it was boring but most of the movies are good i cant wait until the new one comes out

  14. ive been blessed to have sereval friends in volved in the amityville story..and have studied amityville for serevral years…… so hopefully the new movie coming out is awesome

  15. any questions bout amityville i got your answer

    • is the footage that they showed in the movie, real footage? as if they found it and then played it? or did they just guess on what happened and make it a found footage by filming it as if it was?