For genre fans who might have been looking forward to the usual crop of horror releases scheduled to hit theatres in January, there’s now one less movie to be excited about. Dimension Films has just announced that they are delaying the next entry in the Amityville series, Amityville: The Awakening, yet again. It’s only like the third or fourth time that this movie has been shuffled in their release schedule and it’s no secret that there has been a lot of tinkering going on behind the scenes. At one point it was approved for an R-rating but they later resubmitted a PG-13 cut instead. Now they are moving the horror flick to a summer release slot… could this actually be a sign of confidence in the film? Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Amityville: The Awakening has been bumped from its January 6th release date (where it was going head to head with Underworld: Blood Wars) and will now hit theatres on June 30th instead. That puts it up against Despicable Me 3 and a Will Ferrell comedy called The House, both of which are bigger films but neither of which are horror movies. Deadline claims it is a “strong showing of support” for Amityville but I’m still not so sure.
The Weinsteins have been rumoured to be struggling financially for a while now (their delay of Oscar contender The Founder earlier this year raised a lot of eyebrows) and it seems like they keep pulling movies at the last minute because they just don’t have the money to release them. Keep in mind, this movie was originally supposed to hit theatres on January 2nd, 2015. Either way, Amityville: The Awakening is directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac) and stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and I just hope for their sake it does actually get released at some point. Do you have any hope for Amityville: The Awakening?