The Amityville Horror (film series)

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This is a list of films that center around events in a haunted house in Amityville, New York.

Films[edit]

Film Year Director Writer
The Amityville Horror 1979 Stuart Rosenberg Sandor Stern
Amityville II: The Possession 1982 Damiano Damiani Tommy Lee Wallace
Amityville 3-D: The Demon 1983 Richard Fleischer William Wales
Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes 1989 Sandor Stern
The Amityville Curse 1990 Tom Berry Michael Krueger, Doug Olson, Norvell Rose
Amityville 1992: It's About Time 1992 Tony Randel Christopher DeFaria, Antonio Toro
Amityville: A New Generation 1993 John Murlowski
Amityville Dollhouse: Evil Never Dies 1996 Steve White Joshua Michael Stern
The Amityville Horror 2005 Andrew Douglas Scott Kosar
The Amityville Haunting 2011 Geoff Meed
The Amityville Asylum 2013 Andrew Jones
Amityville 2015 Franck Khalfoun Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala

Producers and distributors[edit]

The films have at various times been owned by several different production and distribution companies internationally and in the United States. American International Pictures produced and released the original film, before Orion Pictures bought the rights to the film, as well as II and 3-D. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) now owns films one through 3-D, and released them in a box set in 2005. While 4 was a TV film broadcast on NBC, it has been released multiple times by independent distribution companies in recent years (one of which was Vidmark, who also released Curse; Vidmark is now owned by Lionsgate). It's About Time, A New Generation and Dollhouse have all been released by Republic Pictures.

2015 sequel[edit]

Main article: Amityville (film)

In April 2014, Dimension Films began principal photography for an Amityville Horror sequel, known simply by the working title Amityville, set for a January 2, 2015 release. Franck Khalfoun serves as director, with the screenply written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, who also serve as producers alongside Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions. The film follows the story of a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who moves her three children (Cameron Monaghan, Bella Thorne and McKenna Grace) into the Amityville house where they soon begin to learn of its dark history. Additional cast members include Thomas Mann and Taylor Spreitler.[1][2][3][4][5]

Parody[edit]

The 1984 British film Bloodbath at the House of Death is largely a spoof of the 1979 film.

In The Simpsons' first Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror", the family experiences paranormal activity in their new home, which was the site of a mass murder and was built on an Indian burial ground.

Scary Movie 2 parodies the scene in which the priest blessing the house is attacked by flies.

Continuity[edit]

None of the films are direct sequels to each other, and parts I, II and IV are the only films based on books from the Amityville book series and establish references with each other. Amityville II is a prequel to the original 1979 film, which tells the story of the DeFeo family's mass murder (though they are named the Montelli family in the film).

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