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

Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening

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."

Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening

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.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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