Way back in August 2014, Dimension Films released the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening, which at the time, was scheduled to hit theaters on January 2, 2015. Just a month later, the studio yanked the film out of its release date, and we haven't heard anything about it since then. Today, The Weinstein Company has released yet another trailer, which features largely the same footage as the first teaser, with the movie now set for release on April 1. This thriller will be going up against Collide, God's Not Dead 2 and Rings.
Amityville: The Awakening is a revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film. In the movie, Belle (Bella Thorne) and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn't telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Spreitler star as Belle's mother, brother and sister, with the supporting cast rounded out by Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann, Mckenna Grace, Dan Martino, Hunter Goligoski and Brian Breiter.
Amityville: The Awakening is written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2) and produced by groundbreaking and top horror producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (The Purge, Insidious, Paranormal Activity). The Amityville Horror stories are based on events in the life of George Lutz.
The original horror classic The Amityville Horror hit theaters in 1979, spawning a number of sequels such as 1982's Amityville II: The Possession, 1983's Amityville 3D, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, The Amityville Curse, Amityville 1992: It's About Time, Amityville: A New Generation and Amityville: Dollhouse. The franchise was rebooted in 2005 with a new version of The Amityville Horror, starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. There have also been rumors that this summer's The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist opens with the Amityville Horror case, but that hasn't been confirmed.
If the new trailer wasn't enough, The Weinstein Company has also released a new poster, which puts a social media spin on this iconic story. Are you looking forward to this iconic story being told with a modern-day spin in Amityville: The Awakening? Or do you think this franchise is fit for the graveyard? Chime in with your thoughts after taking a look at the trailer and poster.