New 'Amityville' Movie '1974' Is On The Way


Films about the Amityville murders aren’t exactly in short supply, but that’s not to say that we’re not excited about the prospect of another one… 

You can’t argue with good horror, and there’s something about the haunted house narrative that just works. It’s scary, this idea of your own home (the original “safe space”) turning against you, and it opens the door to a whole host of nightmarish possibilities.

1974, then, should be good…

It’s reportedly going to jump off from the infamous DeFeo murders. On the 13th November, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and four siblings at their home in Amityville. A year later, in December 1975, a new family moved into the house, but left after just 28 days. They claimed that they had been terrorised by paranormal phenomena for the whole time that they were there.

This inspired a book – The Amityville Horror – which in turn spawned a whole series of horror films.

1974 will apparently tell the story of a family “relentlessly stalked by a terrifying apparition intent upon slaughtering them all.” 

It’s being directed by Casey La Scala (The Remaining, Grind) and produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Grindhouse).

Production is expected to start in September, which means that we can reasonably expect a 2019 release date.

While we’re waiting, we’ll just have to contend ourselves with the latest Amityville movie, Amityville: The Awakening (starring Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh).

You can watch the trailer for that  here:

Let us know what you think in the comments! 

Images via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

H/T Dread Central / Newsday

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