Home prices are about to take a serious tumble because the most haunted house in movie history is terrorizing yet another family. There have been eleven Amityville Horror films since the first one spooked audiences in 1979, and while many of the sequels have been of the lousy straight-to-DVD variety it was only ten years ago we were treated to a remake led by Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. But now Franck Khalfoun (P2) is bringing the "based on a true story" horror back again with Amityville: The Awakening, and the new trailer shows that some things have definitely changed.
The always-great Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as the single matriarch of a family who move into the disturbed New York home and discover, shockingly, that there's some weird mojo going around. Not having a father around changes the dynamic a little bit, but also having one of the three kids (Cameron Monaghan) in a coma from a severe injury. While that may strike a little too close to Insidious, it's a change for this franchise which could use a bit of novelty going into its twel. They may also be planning ahead for future sequels by putting the daughter, played by Bella Thorne, as the central character rather than Leigh. Thorne was last seen in the Adam Sandler comedy Blended and will appear next opposite Steve Carell in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Amityville: The Awakening kicks off 2015 on January 2nd.