Amityville: The Awakening

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Amityville: The Awakening
AmityvilleAwakeningPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
with original release date
Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Produced by
Written by Franck Khalfoun
Starring
Music by Robin Coudert
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Patrick McMahon
Production
company
Distributed by Entertainment One
RADiUS-TWC
Dimension Films
Release date
  • October 28, 2017 (2017-10-28) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7.7 million[2]

Amityville: The Awakening is a 2017 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Franck Khalfoun, and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Thomas Mann, and Kurtwood Smith. It is the tenth installment of the main Amityville film series and a metafilm taking place in the "real world" outside of the continuity of the series which establishes The Amityville Horror (1979), the sequels from 1982 to 1996, and the 2005 remake of the original film as fiction.[a] Its plot follows a teenager who moves into 112 Ocean Avenue with her family, who shortly find themselves haunted by a demonic entity using her brain-dead twin brother's body as a vessel.

Filmed in 2014, the film suffered numerous release delays before finally being released for free on Google Play on October 12, 2017. It was released by Dimension Films in a limited release on October 28, 2017.[3]

Plot[edit]

Teenager Belle Walker moves to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island with her mother Joan, little sister Juliet, and brain-dead twin brother, James. The family's impetus for moving there was to be closer to Dr. Milton, a neurologist hoping to treat James, who suffered an accident that has left him on life support. Upon moving in, Juliet tells Belle that James has been talking to her lately, "using a lot of curse words." One night, James flatlines, but is mysteriously revived and opens his eyes.

At school, Belle is taunted by her peers over moving into the home, which she learns was the site of a mass murder by Ronald DeFeo Jr. in 1974. In her bedroom on the third floor, she discovers blood stains from the murder concealed under the wallpaper. One night, Belle invites acquaintances Terrence—an enthusiast on the Amityville haunting—and Marissa, over to watch The Amityville Horror (1979) at the house. At 3:15am in the middle of the film, the power goes out, and the three go into the basement to locate the fuse box, where they are confronted by Joan, who thinks they are intruders.

Dr. Milton, who suspects James may have locked-in syndrome, performs tests on James that show increased function; during the test, he witnesses an apparition of flies filling the room and attacking him, and leaves the house, shaken. James quickly gains the ability to communicate with the family via an AAC computer system that allows him to type by looking at the letters on a screen. Terrence suggests to Belle that James's sudden revival may be a result of possession stemming from the house; he and Belle suspect that a ring on the ground surrounding the house may represent a magic circle.

Belle asks James if someone else is inhabiting his body, and he replies "yes" and "help" via the computer. He asks her to kill him, and she begins to unplug the machine, but he suddenly attacks her. Joan enters the room, and finds that James is now breathing on his own. After finding the red room in the basement, which she believes to be the source of the power, Belle confronts her mother with the theory that the house is possessing James. Joan reveals to her that, having lost her faith in God after the death of her husband and James's subsequent accident, she moved the family to the home hoping to harness the demonic energy there in order to bring James back to life.

That night, as Belle prepares to leave, Joan knocks her unconscious. Belle awakens at 3:15am, just as her aunt Candice arrives at the house. James rises from his bed, and harnesses energy from the red room, which revitalizes his body. Belle makes her way downstairs as Candice enters the house, but James shoots Candice with a shotgun. Belle retrieves Juliet from her room, but is unable to open the front door. Joan is confronted by James in her bedroom; knowing she is facing death, she retrieves her crucifix, and holds it toward James, but he is unaffected; he reminds her that with the loss of her faith in God, He is not able to save her. He shoots Joan in the chest before throwing her on her bed and shooting her in the head. James is able to lure Juliet to the third floor, where he attempts to kill her, but is stopped by Belle, who tackles him, resulting in them both falling from the window. She drags James outside the circle, after which his body withers, and he dies just after telling her "thank you."

A newsreel epilogue reveals that Belle is being questioned in the murders of her mother, aunt, and brother, but that her sister, Juliet, corroborates her story, and that James's fingerprints were discovered on the murder weapon. Another news report comments on yet another tragedy occurring in the Amityville house.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was initially conceived as a separate film entitled Amityville: The Lost Tapes. Dimension Films and Blumhouse Productions were to co-produce the film together, with a screenplay by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. It was to be a found-footage film in the style of La Scala and Blumhouse's highly successful Paranormal Activity franchise; the plot involved "an ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, who 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."[4]

Franck Khalfoun was set to direct, and filming was to begin in the summer and be released by January 27, 2012. While at a press release, Bob Weinstein stated, “We are thrilled to return to the mythology of the Amityville Horror with a new and terrifying vision that will satisfy our existing fans and also introduce an entirely new audience to this popular haunting phenomenon.”[5] After several delays, the film was re-written with a completely new story and screenplay by Khalfoun. In March 2014, this new iteration was retitled Amityville.[6] That month, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne signed on to star.[7][8][9] In April, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler and Cameron Monaghan signed on to the film,[10] with principal photography beginning in May and a tentative 2015 release date.[11] After another delay, the film's release was delayed to Q4 2016, and later early 2017, with reshoots taking place in February 2016.[12]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.[13] However, in September 2014, it was removed from the schedule.[14] In May 2015, it was announced the film would be released on April 15, 2016.[15] When Filmyard Holdings sold Miramax to beIN Media Group on March 2, 2016, Miramax was no longer the production company of Amityville: The Awakening.[16] It was set to be released on April 1, 2016,[17][18] but was delayed due to test screening responses and given the release date of January 6, 2017.[19] On December 16, 2016, just weeks away from the film's January 6 release date, the film was again pushed back, this time to June 30, 2017; it was eventually removed from there as well.[20] In September 2017, it was announced that it would be released in select theaters in the US on October 28, 2017, and for free on Google Play from October 12 to November 8, 2017.[3]

The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD on November 14, 2017.[21]

Box office[edit]

Despite the US delays, the film began its theatrical run in Ukraine and Central America on July 20, 2017, where the film grossed $580,466 from 830 screens. The film was released in the Philippines on August 2, 2017.[22]

The film opened in the US on a limited release on October 28, 2017. Playing in 10 theaters the film made just $742 in its opening weekend (an average of $74 per venue), finishing 60th at the box office.[23]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 28% based on 17 reviews, and an average rating of 3.7/10.[24] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25]

Witney Siebold of IGN gave the film a score of 5.5/10, saying "while largely a generic haunting film without much in the way of a hook beyond its famous setting, can at least claim to be one of the more watchable Amityville films, for whatever that praise may be worth," and deemed it the "perhaps the best Amityville film since 1983."[26] Dread Central gave the film two and a half stars out of five saying "At the end of the day, this isn’t such a bad flick, but viewers looking for an insane new Amityville experience will just have to keep chasing that dragon."[27] Slant Magazine gave the film two out of four stars and called it "an elegant entry in a lame series of horror films."[28]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and on demand on November 14, 2017.[29]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Amityville: The Awakening, the characters watch and discuss 1979's The Amityville Horror, and a character brings DVDs of the sequels and remake to the protagonist's house; thus, within the narrative diegesis of the film, the 1979 film and its subsequent sequels are fiction.

References[edit]

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