Will 2014 mark the movie-going audiences’ return to the Amityville house? Perhaps. The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films have set a January 3, 2014 date for The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Will this date stick? The brothers Weinstein are notorious for penciling in – yet not meeting – release dates. And this particular title has fallen victim to that, missing its initial 2012 debut.
The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes was announced in 2011 and marked a joint venture between Dimension Films and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister). At the time, Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands were slated to write and direct. I have not heard if they’re still on board the project. This release date announcement indicates there’s momentum in the project, perhaps thanks to the fact that producer Blum has had a very good 2012 in the realm of horror.
This latest entry in the series taps into the “found footage” format and presents an ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, who 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’ll keep you posted on any further developments…