The lore of the Amityville Horror has achieved almost a mythic status. It’s one of the most famous hauntings of the 20th century. We all know how the Lutz family moved into the ominous Long Island house in December 1975, only to move out in 28 days. The supernatural occurrences the family allegedly experienced there spawned the influential 1977 book, the hit 1979 film adaptation, a series of sequels, and a 2005 remake.
Whether or not you believe that all, some, or none of the ghostly events actually occurred in the house on 112 Ocean Avenue, there is one horror we can be certain happened in the home — the murders committed by Ronald DeFeo Jr. in 1974. The Amityville Murders is an upcoming retelling of those events, with a supernatural twist. This is an Amityville movie, after all. The new trailer and poster hint at a powerful evil in the house that sparked the infamous murders.
Here’s the synopsis:
Based on true events, the film relays the nightmarish story that preceded the one detailed in the original 1979 classic film. On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.
The story of the DeFeo murders is a gruesome and fascinating true crime tale. It’s frequently overshadowed by the hauntings later claimed by the Lutz family, but it’s certainly time the history behind the horror was back in the spotlight. Time to start speculating if this new film will feature the fascinating organized crime connections of the DeFeo family and their role in the early murder investigations!
The trailer hints at a supernatural force in the house behind the murders, which adds a new layer to the terrifying hauntings later claimed by the Lutz family. Will The Amityville Murders offer a new origin story for the events of later films? We’ll have to wait until the film hits theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on February 8, 2019, to find out.
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