The first trailer for Franck Khalfoun’s Amityville: The Awakening is now available in all its horrific glory. It’s the latest effort from Blumhouse Productions, the horror movie factory that’s cranked out such modern scary stories as the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge franchises. This time around, the production company will be revisiting a classic story, one that started on the big screen back in 1979 with Stuart Rosenberg’s Oscar-nominated film, The Amityville Horror. Now, in the franchise’s 13th installment, audiences will return to Amityville, New York in the modern, social media age.
As the newly revealed trailer and poster for the film remind us, the iconic house has a history of bloody murders. So when a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with a rebellious teenage daughter (Bella Thorne) and a bed-ridden son (Cameron Monaghan) move in, you just know that awful, awful things are about to happen. Amityville: The Awakening definitely puts a new spin on the story, which grants the cast and the special effects team a bit more freedom with how they roll out the scares. It’s just unfortunate that this trailer commits the cardinal sin of revealing too much, too quickly. Also starring Kurtwood Smith and Mckenne Grace, the film itself opens April 1st.
Watch the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening below, followed by the film’s official synopsis and the first poster (via Marie Claire):
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, is a revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film.
In the film, Belle and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING is directed by Franck Khalfoun (MANIAC, P2) and produced by groundbreaking and top horror producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY).
The film stars Oscar Nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ANAMOLISA, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE), popular young actress Bella Thorne (SCREAM, SHAKE IT UP) and up and comer Cameron Monaghan (SHAMELESS, THE GIVER).