Amityville 1974 is a forthcoming American horror feature film written and directed by Casey La Scala (director of The Remaining and co-producer of Amityville: The Awakening with Daniel Ferrands – who recently gave us The Amityville Murders). The Wonderfilm Media production is set to begin principal photography is set to begin this November.
The newest Amityville movie will be again based on the real-life tragedy when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family on November 13, 1974, at 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November 1975.
In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there. The Lutz’ stories spawned a novel by Jay Anson, which was published in September 1977.
The novel inspired the 1979 hit film The Amityville Horror, the success of which has, of course led to many more Amityville movies, most of which have nothing to do with the original story or the house at 112 Ocean Avenue. However writer/director Casey La Scala insists that his new take on this well-told tale is:
” …a story that takes its jumping off point from the true facts surrounding the Defeo tragedy, but also focuses on the human drama that took place inside a family as they were relentlessly stalked by a terrifying evil.”
Jeff Bowler, founding partner of Wonderfilm Media, added:
“We are beyond thrilled to introduce Amityville 1974. Casey has a truly unique and terrifying vision for the fright franchise and audiences will experience horror like never before with this film.”
Bowler is producing the film with Shaun Redick (an executive producer of Get Out) and Todd Garner. Worldwide sales will launch at the Toronto International Film Festival in September (TIFF).
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