Seeing as it’s one of the most famous paranormal cases in American history, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anyone visiting this fine website that isn’t well aware of the Amityville haunting. The supposedly true – although widely challenged – tale was first translated to film in 1979’s The Amityville Horror, a generally well-regarded fright flick starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder. However, it’s doubtful that anyone at the time expected Amityville to ultimately spawn a franchise with a whopping 9 official films, and nearly as many unofficial spin-offs of the mythology by indie studios.
Unfortunately, the majority of these Amityville Horror follow-ups have been pretty awful. Amityville II: The Possession and Amityville 1992: It’s About Time have their fans – as does the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds – but the vast majority of the Amityville series could arguably have been best left unmade. The latest to take a crack at the Amityville nut is the team of Dimension Films and Blumhouse Productions, producers of the upcoming 10th (official) film Amityville: The Awakening.
Seemingly unconnected to the story of the prior films, Amityville: The Awakening places a new family inside the infamous house where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family while purportedly under demonic influence. Thankfully, some notable talent is present both in front of and behind the camera, with Maniac (2012) director Franck Khalfoun helming The Awakening. On the cast side, some notable names include Bella Thorne (Scream: The TV Series), Cameron Monaghan (Gotham), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Morgan), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), and legendary character actor Kurtwood Smith (Robocop, That 70’s Show).
The main cause for fans to be concerned about the potential quality of Amityville: The Awakening is that it has already been delayed multiple times. Originally set for release in early 2015, the film was subsequently bumped to spring 2016, then to early 2017. Now, The Awakening has been bumped back yet again, with a new planned release date of June 30th, 2017. For the sake of theatrical horror, here’s hoping these delays aren’t necessarily a sign that the final product will be terrible. It would be nice to have more decent Amityville entries.
Watch Deleted Predator Tree Chase Scene From ‘Prey’
To celebrate the 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD release of last year’s movie Prey, 20th Century Studios has made available a deleted animated storyboard scene. In this clip, we see our heroine Naru in a foot chase with the Predator through the tree tops of the forest canopy.
The movie is already loaded with beautiful chase scenes and suspenseful set-ups but it is a shame we never got to see this one incorporated into the movie.
Prey came out on Hulu in 2022. It was a critical hit and fans seemed to love the unique stand-alone storyline. People did fall in love with Naru’s canine companion Sarii, whose real name is Coco. She had no previous film experience and was trained specifically for the movie.
The first video is the scene without commentary. The second one includes commentary from director Dan Trachtenberg.
‘Courtney Gets Possessed’ Looks Like The Satanic BFF Comedy of 2023
So your ex is the Devil himself and you’ve moved on to someone new. In fact, you are about to marry that person. But Satan is the jealous type and isn’t giving his blessing to this new arrangement. What to do? That is the premise of the new horror comedy Courtney Gets Possessed.
Just by watching the trailer, we get a sense this is a comedy about girl power and we love that. Last year My Best Friend’s Exorcism focused on one friend trying to eject a demon from her girlfriend’s soul, but in this movie, it looks like a whole wedding party gets involved.
With her nuptials on the line and the Prince of Darkness lurking close by, Courtney does her best to protect her childhood home on the eve of the wedding. But when her ne’er-do-well sister accidentally invites Satan inside (known more casually as Dave), he possesses Courtney – throwing a demonic wrench into her happily-ever-after plans. Courtney’s ragtag team of reluctant heroes including her sister, perfectionist best friend, and skeptical future sister-in-law must find a way to exorcise Dave, reclaim Courtney’s soul, and get her down the aisle with as little bloodshed as possible.
“In Sickness and in Hell” takes on a whole new meaning in this diabolically fun and thrilling romp. Audiences will be left pondering the line between love and possession and what it means to give ourselves to others. Will Courtney’s wedding bells ring or will they be drowned out by the screams of the damned?
Courtney Gets Possessed is written and directed by Jono Mitchell and Madison Hatfield. Produced by Hatfield and Jordan Blair Brown. Executive Produced by Stephen Beehler, Jegor Jersov, and Jono Mitchell. Cinematography by Brett A. Frager. Composed by Jordan Bennett. A Peach Jam Pictures production.
Courtney Gets Possessed will be available on digital and on Demand, Friday, November 3.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.