Amityville: The Awakening

Amityville: The Awakening

Theatrical release poster with original release date
Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Produced by
Written by
  • Daniel Farrands
  • Casey La Scala
  • Franck Khalfoun
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Patrick McMahon
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release dates
  • January 6, 2017 (2017-01-06) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Amityville: The Awakening is an upcoming 2017 American supernatural horror film and the seventeenth installment in the Amityville saga. It will be directed by Franck Khalfoun from a screenplay he wrote. The film was produced by Daniel Farrands, Casey La Scala and Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner. It stars Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood Smith. The film is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2017 by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company.


Belle, her little sister Juliet, and her comatose twin brother James move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother's expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begins to occur in the house, including the miraculous recovery of her brother and Belle's increasingly horrifying nightmares, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn't telling her everythingand soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.



The original plan for this film was a completely different film titled Amityville: The Lost Tapes. Dimension Films and Miramax were to produce together, while it was co-written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands while using the "found footage" angle; 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."[2]

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.”[3] Yet after a couple of delays, the film's concept was scrapped. Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands were to rewrite a completely different Amityville film. In March 2014, the rewritten film was retitled Amityville.[4]

Also in March 2014, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne signed on to star.[5][6][7] In April, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler and Cameron Monaghan signed on to the film.[8] In February 2016, Bella Thorne was spotted filming re-shoots for the film.[9]


On August 22, 2014, a trailer was released and was re-titled Amityville: The Awakening.[10] On February 16, 2016, a new trailer and poster for the film was released.[11] On March 7, 2016, a TV Spot for the film aired during the Season 4 premiere of Bates Motel before it was announced the following day the film will be released on January 6, 2017.


The film was originally scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.[12] However, in September 2014, it was removed from the schedule.[13] In May 2015, it was announced the film would be released on April 15, 2016.[14] When Filmyard Holdings sold Miramax to beIN Media Group on March 2, 2016, Miramax was no longer the production company of Amityville: The Awakening.[15][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]


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  8. Steve Barton (4 April 2014). "Exclusive: Thomas Mann and Taylor Spreitler Check Into the Amityville House". Dread Central. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  9. "Bella Thorne Re-shoots Scenes for Amityville : The Awakening". February 12, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  10. Douglas, Edward (2014-08-22). "Watch the Trailer for Amityville: The Awakening". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  11. Soon, Coming (February 16, 2016). "Bella Thorne is Haunted in the Amityville: The Awakening Trailer". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  12. Han, Angie (August 22, 2014). "Amityville: The Awakening Trailer Opens a New Chapter of an Old Franchise". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
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  18. Soon, Coming (February 16, 2016). "Bella Thorne is Haunted in the Amityville: The Awakening Trailer". Retrieved February 16, 2016.

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