Amityville: The Awakening is finally being released. Well, that's what Dimension Films is saying today, at any rate. While this latest entry into the insanely long Amityville franchise by no means has the longest gap between filming and release in the history of the horror genre, it's certainly one of the most delayed fright flicks in recent memory. Another long-delayed horror title, Leatherface, is finally getting released next month, so perhaps that's a good omen for The Awakening's chances this time.
Ostensibly based on true events - although the actual authenticity of said events has been widely debated ever since - 1979's The Amityville Horror kicked off what would become one of the most inexplicably long franchises in horror history. This led to seven "official" sequels, most of which had very little connection to each other. In 2005, Ryan Reynolds starred in a fairly well-received remake of the original. Since then, the Amityville name has been slapped on no less than nine low-budget, independently produced knockoffs, each purporting to be based in some way on the Jay Anson book that inspired the original Amityville Horror.
Amityville: The Awakening is set to become the 19th film to bear the Amityville name, and is the first effort to be backed by a major studio since the Reynolds-starring remake. The Awakening completed principal photography back in 2014, and has seen its scheduled release delayed a whopping four times. Now, Deadline reports that The Awakening will be making a rather inauspicious debut, being made available for free on Google Play from October 12 to November 8. The film will also be granted a limited theatrical release, beginning October 28.
For those who haven't been actively following the sad saga of Amityville: The Awakening, it was originally set for release back in January 2015, before being abruptly pulled from that date. The film was later moved to April 2016, before once again being bumped back, this time to January 2017. Just weeks before its planned January date, The Awakening was delayed yet again, to June 30, 2017. A few weeks prior to that date, the seemingly cursed film was again removed from the schedule, with no reason or new release date given.
Amityville: The Awakening features former Disney star Bella Thorne (Netflix's upcoming The Babysitter) in the lead role of Belle, a young woman who comes to find out that her financially struggling single mother moved them into the infamous titular house on the sly. Joining her in the project are several other recognizable names, including Jennifer Jason Leigh as said mother, Once Upon a Time's Jennifer Morrison, That ’70s Show's Kurtwood Smith, and Gotham's Cameron “Jerome Valeska” Monaghan.