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We're still being haunted by The Amityville Horror

05.16.2011

It's the worst fixer-upper on the block, but for some reason everyone wants to keep going back there.

The Weinsteins braved bleeding walls to find some footage, which they'll release as (naturally) THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES. The Weinsteins' genre label Dimension is partnering with their former home Miramax to revisit the spooky site of murder and domestic terror.

The cost-friendly "found footage" project comes from Casey La Scala (a producer on DONNIE DARKO and Vincenzo Natali's under-appreciated CYPHER) and Daniel Farrands, who together will write and direct.

The official line: "THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES showcases the events after the time of the original The Amityville Horror book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, 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."

This isn't the Weinsteins' first time visiting the devilish real estate -- years ago they obtained the rights to the account of George Lutz, the man whose family purportedly experienced the strange happenings in the house, and was working on a project to compete with Platinum Dunes' update. But the two companies ultimately decided to build a single roof under which they could all enjoy the novelty of basement demon pits.

While this one will be flat, the house was also once the site of extra-dimensional horror in the 1983 sequel AMITYVILLE 3D, which followed the unintentional hilarity of AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. The address was also where numerous straight-to-video horrors occurred before Ryan Reynolds moved in.

Extra Tidbit: Farrands has some previous experience with the hellish house -- he worked on Amityville-centered episodes of The History Channel's documentary show "History's Mysteries".
Source: Miramax

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