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The Amityville Horror sequel scares

TheAmityvilleHorror.jpgWhile Mamma Mia! may not be gaining a sequel, The Amityville Horror looks set to and it sounds ridiculous.

Let's just take a moment to reflect that the original film was about a family murdered in a house and the new family arriving only to have the father overcome by supernatural forces and killing his own family in a similar style - basically a haunted house tale that may have been based in some reality.

So what is the new plot idea from Bloody Disgusting through HorrorMovies.ca? You will not believe it. It's going to be about the Internet and multimedia.

What? You mean the supernatural forces get into the Internet from a PC in the house and start spreading to other houses? Isn't that Kairo (Pulse) or Cell or something similar? That's nothing to do with The Amityville Horror surely?

I have to say that this is perhaps one of the worst ideas for a film plot that I've ever heard in my life. Not only does it sound contrived as hell, but it doesn't have anything to do with The Amityville Horror.

The strongest aspect of the original film, and to some degree the remake, was that it was based on true events, events that you could believe could really happen. Certainly a man did murder his entire family in cold blood and claimed this fantastical story afterwards. That's what Amityville Horror is all about, nothing to do with the Internet, multimedia and such.

What's worse is that the story hasn't even been written, this is what the studio wants. You can imagine the conversation as they sit down a writer and say okay, write me a film about The Amityville Horror but on the Internet…that writer's going to have to have one amazing imagination. However I don't think the audience are going to get it.



Virtually every aspect of the "true" story has been disputed at some point, and rivalry between researchers has been a longstanding feature of the lore's continuing narrative. Meanwhile, sequels from the 1990s through 2005 were released direct to video, some with virtually no material relating to the Lutz family or the DeFeo murders, concentrating instead on paranormal phenomena caused by cursed items supposedly linked to the house. “Amityville II: The Possession, directed by Italian director Damiano Damiani and released in September 1982 was based on the book “Murder in Amityville” by the parapsychologist Hans Holzer. It's more or less a prequel set at 112 Ocean Avenue, featuring fictional characters said to be based on the DeFeo family. The story introduces speculative and controversial themes, and based loosely on Ronald DeFeo, Jr. and his sister Dawn. This film set the pattern for a string of low-budget sequels to come with little reference to real life events in Amityville. The debate about the accuracy of The Amityville Horror itself continues; and despite the lack of evidence to corroborate much of the story, it remains the most popular account of a haunted house in American folklore. By the way, the various owners of the house since the Lutz family fled in 1976 have reported no problems while living there, so there is no room for an "honest" sequel.

I've seen some documentaries on the actual incident before, so I understand what you're saying in that the historical accuracy of the film is very dubious.

The sequels since have been rubbish, but this will sequel the recent remake, which went right back to the original story, however Hollywood-ised it is.

I would love to see a proper version made on actual events as claimed by the killer, but we're not going to see that. This Internet idea is just going to make a mockery of it.

Sounds bloody awful.


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