Dread Central readers are everywhere, and they’re sometimes wonderfully sneaky too! Playing ahead of this weekend’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the teaser trailer for the newly titled Amityville: The Awakening, and we’ve got screen grabs from it!
A DC reader known only as Egon Spengler has busted these first images of the haunting new film. Amityville: The Awakening is the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later.
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.
Maniac remake director Franck Khalfoun will direct.
Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.
Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and are expected to produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse.
That familiar Dimension Films logo gives way to –
A family (Mom Jennifer Jason Leigh, her gothy redheaded daughter, and Red’s little blonde sister) drive up to their new house –
Revealed to be 142 Ocean Ave. The Amityville Horror house.
Red isn’t happy about having moved, but it’s revealed that it was necessary to better care for her invalid brother (the poor lad – a teenager, it appears – is bedridden, comatose, and hooked up to monitors and a ventilator).
CARD: Inspired by True Events
Nighttime in the new home. Things gets creepy. Shadows move, wind blows, curtains billow (in slow motion, as they must), Bro’s monitor beeps.
Lil Sis wanders about, doing creepy young kid stuff.
Red investigates Bro, leading to a JUMP SCARE with him jumping up –
Red starts awake in bed – was it all a dream?
Doctor Clarence J. Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith, from Robocop) appears, assuring the family that it’s impossible for Bro to have woken up.
More creepiness ensues – doors slams, writing scratched into a wall reads ”Kill Them All
Bro’s fingers twitch when no one is looking.
A young man’s voice intones –
”In 1974, the owner of this house murdered his whole family. He said voices told him to do it.”
Doc Clarence investigates Bro – rolls him over, discovers numerous maggots dug into his back and lining his bedsheets. An impossible amount of flies spill forth from them, attacking Clarence and rushing down his gullet.
Or did they? He snaps to, unharmed, as though the whole thing were a hallucination.
From The Producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister
Red: ”This house is really bad…”
Red hovers over Bro, speaks to him: ”How can I help you?
His monitor reads: KILL ME
Lil Sis stumbles across a pale, nude demon with sharp teeth. It hisses at her.
Mom grabs a knife, looks frightened.
Lies Real Evil
Flashes of brother pulling himself out of bed like a herky-jerky J-horror villain.
Somebody crashes through one of the Amityville home’s infamous upper windows, taking a long fall down.
Title: Amityville: The Awakening
Final moment – Red walks into the home, is greeted in the dining room by Mom and Lil Sis.
Mom: ”Hi, honey! Come sit down, we were just getting ready to eat.”
A very healthy Bro is revealed, sitting at the head of the table. He looks up at Red, smiles wickedly.
January 2nd, 2015
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