The Amityville Horror
Okay, kids! For those of you keeping track, here's the tally thus far: We reported earlier that there are currently three Amityville projects under way. We know for certain that at least one of them is getting made. The other two? Not so much. How about a fourth?
The Amityville Horror, for better or for worse, is one of the single most famous ghost stories of our lifetime, and it's for that very reason that filmmakers keep going to the well to try and make a good movie surrounding the perplexing mythos surrounding the case.
If we revisit the score cards ... there's been one great From Dusk Till Dawn flick, one crappy one, and one okay one; and there's really never been a good Amityville movie except for Part II, which is delightfully sleazy. So can more sequels fix the problems both of these franchises have? We shall see! From the Press Release
After a very quiet post-Labor Day weekend for new movies, where Resident Evil: Afterlife (review) was the only major film released widely (and owned the box office), this week's new horror DVD titles aren't aplenty either.
You know, as much as I dislike saying this, other than Amityville II: The Possession, the Platinum Dunes version of The Amityville Horror is probably the second best film in the franchise. Although for most part the franchise itself pretty much sucked to begin with so I guess in retrospect that's really not saying very much.
Have "High Hopes" and an extra $1.15M laying around? Then you, my friend, can buy what could quite possibly be the most infamous house on the face of the Earth.
I know what you're saying? Another Amityville Horror? Truth be told, we didn't really mind the first remake by Platinum Dunes. Hell, it was better than the original which doesn't stand up well at all. For our money it's Amityville II: The Possession that ranks as best of the bunch. So the question beckons -- Are we ready for another remake?
Amityville, New York is a quiet community on a lake. Its name means "friendship," and its citizens try their best to live up to that name. In 1977, the town gained infamy from a haunted house story that claimed to be true, one that played on a real tragedy from three years before.
We became aware of a bit of sad news today: Hans Holzer, celebrated parapsychologist and author of numerous books about the paranormal, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Murder at Amityville (1979), the basis for the film Amityville II: The Possession, has passed away at the age of 89.
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Reviewed by Uncle Creepy Starring Margot Kidder, Val Avery, Eddie Barth, James Brolin, Irene Dailey, Hank Garrett, Rod Steiger Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Why anyone would want to sequelize the abysmal remake of The Amityville Horror (review) is beyond me, but at least it seems like those in charge are taking a page from the endless sequels to the original film and going the route of ridiculousness.
Reviewed by Uncle Creepy Amityville: It's About Time (1992) Starring Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward, Damon Martin Directed by Tony Randel Amityville: A New Generation (1993)
Reviewed by Uncle Creepy Starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James, and Philip Baker Hall Directed by Andrew Douglas Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment
Reviewed by Andrew Kasch Starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett, Chloe Moretz Directed by Andrew Douglas