The original film came out in 1979, starred Margot Kidder and James Brolin and was based on the controversial 1977 nonfiction best-seller by Jay Anson, who moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, and immediately claimed to be terrorized by otherworldly visitations. (These supernatural situations were supposedly connected to a mass murder that happened in the house in December 1975, when Ronalde DeFeo shot and killed six of his family members while they slept.) From that one, admittedly cheesy film (slime? Has slime ever been scary?), there were seven (!) sequels and a fairly straight-faced remake in 2005 that starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. (There were even a couple of sequels after that; this new film is the twelfth in the entire series.) The wonderful Shout Factory recently packaged a deluxe HD box set of all of the films (and if you're any kind of horror fan, you should definitely pick that up).
This new entry, entitled "Amityville: The Awakening" (which might be the second most ludicrous title in the entire franchise, after either "Amityville: It's About Time," which is actually kind of romantic, or "Amityville Dollhouse: Evil Never Dies"), was written and directed by Franck Khalfoun, the sick puppy who directed the "Maniac" remake with Elijah Wood (that movie is really good). This entry is set in modern day and seems to concern a family who moves into the cursed house and, of course, immediately starts experiencing tuns of spooky mumbo jumbo. Jennifer Jason Leigh is now old enough to play somebody's mom, there's an invalid kid who seems to be communicating with the other side, and at one point Kurtwood Smith, familiar to fans of the original "RoboCop" or maybe "That 70's Show," swallows a bunch of imaginary bugs. "Paranormal Activity" franchise godfather Jason Blum produces, alongside Bob Weinstein.
"Amityville: The Awakening" wakes up January 2nd, 2015.