Has any real-life story spawned more TV shows and feature films than the one behind The Amityville Horror? Jay Anson's book recounting the story of a family that moves into a house previously occupied by a man who murdered his own family has directly led to 13 feature films, including the documentary My Amityville Horror featuring the real Daniel Lutz who lived in the house as a child. It's been referenced all over TV, from The Simpsons to American Horror Story, and its theatrical influence can be felt from 1980's The Changeling to 2012's Sinister.
And as if that weren't enough, now the story has evolved once again for a new generation in the form of Amityville: The Awakening.
Directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2), this new version stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a single mom who moves her teenage kids (Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan) into the Amityville house because it happens to be near the hospital that specializes in treating the rare disease that her son has. The bed-ridden teenage boy looks like it's going to exploit one of the creepiest parts of Pet Sematary 2, while also calling to mind the recent remake of Patrick: Evil Awakens (which is a coincidence, no doubt, because I just wanted to point out the Patrick remake is a lot of fun and very underseen).
Amityville: The Awakening hits theaters on January 2, 2015.
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