The Amityville haunting has captivated lovers of supernatural lore for years. There have been plenty of movies that delve into the history of this iconic real-life haunted house. But the murders that happened before the ghosts showed up have only been teased on screen. Until now. From Skyline Entertainment comes The Amityville Murders. Today we have a first look at this frightening true crime thriller, along with the official release date.

Skyline Entertainment has set a date for the North American release of the highly anticipated horror film The Amityville Murders from writer/director Daniel Farrands. The film stars John Robinson (Elephant), Chelsea Ricketts (Crooked Arrows), Diane Franklin (Better Off Dead), Paul Ben-Victor (Daredevil), Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Burt Young (Rocky).  Skyline Entertainment will release the film in theaters, VOD and Digital HD on Feb. 8, 2019.  The announcement was made today by Skyline CEO Jim Jacobsen. He says this about the release.

"We are really excited about this title. As a new company, we look for films with big brand recognition and a built-in audience.  Fans will not be disappointed as Dan Farrands and the team knocked it out of the park with this one."

Based on a true events, the film relays the nightmarish story that preceded the one detailed in the original 1979 classic film.  On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that "voices" in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

The Amityville Murders is produced by Farrands, Eric Brenner (All I Wish) and Lucas Jarach (Dear Dictator) and executive produced by Jim Jacobsen (The Haunting of Sharon Tate). The film marks the first large-scale release for the newly formed production and distribution entity. 

Skyline Entertainment is a recently launched independent entertainment studio that produces, acquires and distributes film and television content worldwide.  Other notable films currently under development by Skyline includes an anthology of supernatural stories inspired by true events including The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff and The Haunting of Nicole Brown Simpson starring Mena Suvari, Taryn Manning and Nick Stahl, Finding 52, a feature length documentary on the search for the loneliest whale produced by Adrian Grenier and Joshua Zenman, Grace and Grit a film depicting the compelling true story of Ken Wilber and his wife's battle with cancer starring Mena Suvari, Stuart Townsend, Mariel Hemingway & Frances Fisher.  Skyline produces and acquires 12 to 15 films a year.

You can take a look at the first photo from The Amityville Murders, which shows Ronald DeFeo, Jr. with his rifle, ready to unload on his sister. Prepare for the terror this winter.

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B. Alan Orange