Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes

Thanks to our friends over at Dimension Films and Miramax who sent us this press release today announcing the production of the Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes!

“CANNES, FRANCE, May 15, 2011 – Dimension Films and Miramax today announced the production of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES. This is the first film to be produced under the agreement between
Miramax and The Weinstein Company to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties.

Dimension also announced that it has acquired the rights to a new screenplay for the film by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. Farrands and La Scala are also set to direct the film. Production will commence this summer with a release date scheduled for January 27, 2012. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), and Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax.

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES showcases the events after the time of the original The Amityville Horror book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror … only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close.

“We are thrilled to return to the mythology of the Amityville Horror with a new and terrifying vision that will satisfy our existing fans and also introduce an entirely new audience to this popular haunting phenomenon,” said Bob Weinstein.

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES is being produced by Jason Blum, Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. Bob and Harvey Weinstein are Executive Producers. Blum has previous experience with found footage films having produced PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1 and 2, which have grossed close to $400 million worldwide.

The Amityville Horror stories are based on events in the life of George Lutz. The Amityville Horror project is one of several sequel or development projects that Miramax and TWC are currently collaborating on.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Bob to reinvent one of the all-time great horror franchises, and I think this new installment will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers,” said Jason Blum.”

I remember vividly seeing the original movie back in my youth on the Movie Channel. I was watching it on a Saturday night at my Grandmother’s house and she got so scared by it she made me turn it off. It took me a couple of weeks to catch it again with my Father, then he dropped the bombshell that it was based on a true story.

Thanks to FilmmakerEBW over at YouTube for posting this bit of info on the real case of the Amityville Horror, but BE WARNED, there are some graphic images of the slain family members who lived in the house before Kathleen and George Lutz moved in.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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5 thoughts on “Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes

  1. Patrick J Doody says:

    The Ronnie DeFeo story is more terrifying that that nonsense the Lutz family made up.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Interesting movie news, Vic.
    Amityville is really a good subject for the “found cam footage” type of flick.

    I also saw the original with my dad back then. We saw it in a theater (where you can’t escape the spooky music and all-around creepy vibe) and afterward, while I enjoyed the spookfest (but would’ve liked more paranormal research than bloody wall drippings) my father expressed his dislike of the over-the-top ending and said such things as hauntings are true but don’t manifest in such ways.
    It was a great night at the movie mainly for that education.

    Read the book later on, and it was a bit more detailed, but still failed to explore any ‘true’ aspects in a scientific way, like my inner Mulder demanded.

  3. It’s looks beautiful, radtke, at least on the outside. ;)

    I agree with you, Atari. Maybe this new ‘movie’ will take a different approach?

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