‘Amityville Horror’ Found Footage Movie Gets New Title & Release Date

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The Amityville Horror 2005 Amityville Horror Found Footage Movie Gets New Title & Release Date

One of the classic horror movie tropes has a previously-thought-dead entity suddenly rearing up alive and angry in the last reel, only to be put down for good – or until they figure out a way to bring it back to life in the sequel. This theme can be applied to the found-footage genre, the spawn of The Blair Witch Project which hit its commercial peak with the Paranormal Activity series.

Just when we think there’s nothing more to be done with the approach, a unique spin on the genre appears in the form of super-villian origin story Chronicle or the inventive horror anthology V/H/S and its even-better sequel. Like it or not, the genre is here to stay, with an attempt to expand into a new market with the upcoming Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones as well as a project which grafts the found footage approach onto the classic “true story” of The Amityville Horror.

Now officially titled Amityville, a press release from Dimension Films gives us the film’s release date of January 2, 2015:

Dimension Films has set a January 2, 2015 release date for their upcoming Amityville (previously titled The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes).

Written and directed by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, the latest entry in the horror franchise showcases the events after the time of the original The Amityville Horror book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. 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.

The new release date makes Amityville the first major release of 2015 as well as the first film to claim that particular release date.

Ryan Reynolds Amityville 2005 Amityville Horror Found Footage Movie Gets New Title & Release Date

Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Amityville Horror’ (2005)

This new take on The Amityville Horror has been a long time coming. The first news of another remake dates back to four years ago, and the project then known as The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes saw its release date delayed to the point where the project was largely forgotten. We only just recently heard that the movie was still alive, with the decision to snap up a release date maybe having to do with a renewed interest in real-life horror stories, thanks to the big success of this years The Conjuringwhich will see a bunch of different spinoffs.

The original 1979 Amityville Horror – based on a 1977 nonfiction book – was remade in 2005 and starred Ryan Reynolds as a family man who becomes possessed by the evil forces haunting his new house and terrorizes his wife (Melissa George) and three children (the daughter was played by a very young Chloë Grace Moretz). Despite the title’s pervasive presence in popular culture, neither the original film or the remake are exactly groundbreaking, with a series of direct sequels to the original and various straight-to-video releases (such as The Amityville CurseAmityville: Dollhouse, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time) diluting the brand nearly to the point of self-parody.

Still, this new Amityville could ride a perfect storm of interest in true-life horror, coupled with one other found-footage approach to a venerable 80’s horror franchise: 2015’s Friday the 13th reboot.

It remains to be seen whether or not this new Amityville will have anything fresh or original to add to the horror genre. The writer-directors, Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, have a number of horror credits between them – for example, Farrands has a producer credit on 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut and was involved with a lot of video shorts having to do with the mythos of the Friday the 13th universe.

Will this experience translate into an inventive take on The Amityville Horror? What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to a found-footage version of this story? Sound off in the comments.


Amityville will be released in theaters on January 2, 2015.

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  1. 2015 is a good year for films, this film not included.

    • +infinity

  2. theres a found footage Amityville movie on netflix

    • I was just going to mention that. I don’t know what your opinion is or even if you saw it but it was pretty bad. Bad acting and a really bad low budget were the main culprits for me. The idea wasn’t awful and these kind of movies always interest me and when they’re done right, they can be great but when they’re done badly….oh boy.

      • That’s why I get angry and feel sorry for people who hate the found footage genre based on crap movies released in the format because it’s a great storytelling tool that puts the audience right in the middle of the action but like with romantic comedies, there are a few gems amongst the flood of terrible movies that make the genre worth watching.

        Plus it feels like people ignore Cannibal Holocaust, The McPherson Tapes and other found footage movies released between 1980 and 1998 on purpose and pretend Blair Witch was the first in the genre and use it as the reason the genre sucks due to Blair Witch not being very good.

  3. It’s stupid revisionist ideas like this that kill any possibility of true horror in that house. I would like to see the Warrens version of Amityville but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

  4. Massive props to the “McPherson Tapes” shout out, otherwise this article and comments are just meh of the meh variety!

    • what about The Amityville Haunting found footage/CCTV footage movie that came out in 2011? Was pretty terrible….

  5. my name is micky the story with which you are familiar the amityville horror isbased onb events that happened to my family kathy lutz was my sister george lee lutz became my brother in law i am aunt to daniel christopher and melissa i was their built in babysitter from the time of their births after 39 years of silence i am about to reveal the truth i have just completed my book it is a non fiction account of the horror that began long before kathy and lee would marry the horror deurind and importantly the horror afterward since i was ther many would refer to me as an unknown witness many of us have encountered evil people in our lives let me say this george lee lutz was one of the most evil men that i have ever known and the only one i deemed to be a true warlock i have entittled my book amityville the warlocks hoax