There are many horror franchises, much like the villain in a slasher movie, that appear dead but suddenly resurrects itself to stalk and/or haunt again. It would seem that the Amityville franchise is following in the footsteps of so many before it with a new film by Broad Green titled 1974.
According to Variety and Deadline Hollywood, this film will center around the events that set this whole thing in motion, the brutal murders of the DeFeo family by one of their own, Ronald DeFeo Jr. The film is inspired by true events and tells the story of a family “relentlessly stalked by a terrifying apparition intent upon slaughtering them all.”
While that seems like the standard trope of a supernatural horror movie, it makes me wonder if it will actually center around the DeFeo family themselves. The story is based off the night that Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot six family members (including child siblings) with a rifle in their sleep.
The actual murders themselves hold many mysteries from the DeFeo’s possible mob connections to why no one in the house seemingly woke up despite the sound of a .35 caliber lever action rifle booming at close range. The tragic event occurred in 1974 and a year later the Lutz family moved in before leaving all of their belongings due to alleged paranormal activity in the house in 1975.
Given that timeline, it would only make sense that 1974 would follow a supernatural angle on the DeFeo murders, something that was hinted at in the Amityville Horror remake in 2005. Amityville: The Awakening was set to release this summer by the Weinstein Company but has since been pulled with no release date as of yet.
1974 is to be directed by Casey La Scala from a script that he wrote and produced by Eli Roth and Todd Garner. No official start date for production has been announced but a September date is being aimed for. Broad Green also recently produced the new horror movie Wish Upon, which is being released this Friday.
What do you think of yet another Amityville based horror movie? Let us know in the comments. Speaking of historical and horrific murders, it looks like Quentin Tarantino is tackling the Mason murders. You can read about that here.
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