AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING Trailer Wants Cameron Monaghan to Kill Them All

     August 22, 2014


Do we really need another Amityville Horror movie?  When news first broke that a new one was in the works, I’d say probably not, but now that our very first glimpse of Amityville: The Awakening is here, it actually looks like it has some potential.  This rendition is led by Bella Thorne.  Her character moves into the notorious Suffolk County, Long Island house with her mother and sister because her brother was in a terrible accident, is now in a coma and there’s a hospital in the area that has the best neurological department in the state.

We’ve definitely got some genre clichés here, namely a moody teenager who doesn’t want to start over at a new school, some creepy dolls and a handful of jump scares, but even then, the first Amityville: The Awakening trailer is far better than I expected.  Hit the jump to check it out for yourself.  The film also stars Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann and Mckenna Grace, and is due in theaters on January 2, 2015.

Again, there are some very familiar genre tropes here, but this whole bedridden brother angle could be what sets it apart.  You can only see the Amityville nightmare play out so many times before you know exactly what’s coming.  Monaghan’s coma, however, adds a new layer to that narrative.  Is he communicating with the force in the house?  How is it affecting him compared to the rest of his family?  Can he control it?  Will he work with Thorne’s character to survive?

It’s totally reasonable to be skeptical about a horror franchise that has gone on and on, but this promo does suggest that Amityville: The Awakening could have more to it than most.

Via Yahoo! Movies.


  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    I actually wrote a script adaptation of the amytville horror like last year after reading the book in one sitting (awful cliche ridden book, just laughably bad)
    I really think there’s a lot of great potential in the story
    The story would be an excellent allegory of the decay of the American family structure and its morale with a subplot about a priest confronting his sins once he found out the devil and god are real
    In 10 years time I could see myself directing the 4th or 5th reboot of this franchise

    • Boogaloo

      ^ this fuckin’ guy right?

    • Nick

      You’re the biggest tool ever to exist.

  • All Seeing

    Hey, that’s my house! Cool, it’s famous!

  • Mezmero

    I just don’t get HOLLYWOOD SMFH. It’s a wrap for this even tho the last one was okay but this has nothing new to give us but diffrent story. I’d rather watch Annabelle than this shit.

  • Dan

    You know, it was starting to look good, until it said it was coming out in January.

  • erasmus654

    I kept expecting this to be a Scary Movie sequel trailer, it’s that freakin awful!

  • Colin Christian

    That actually looked OK! Has anyone ever read the first book? Scared me shitless years ago.

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  • TheMattedScreen

    that could be fun – I just love how for nearly 50 years this whole legend has maintained itself in spite of numerous owners and families living in the house to this day, or how details in the book changed from print run to print run. I love this stuff.

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