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The brutal murders and subsequent hauntings that have become collectively known as ‘The Amityville Horror’ have captured the imaginations of true crime buffs as well as horror fans for several decades now.  The iconic tale of the Lutz family’s encounter with demonic entities was first told in the form of a novel, in 1977, and it wasn’t long before a film series followed in its wake.  From 1979 through 1996, eight movies were released with the Amityville title attached to them, followed by a remake in 2005, an unauthorized spin-off in 2011, and a handful of documentaries in the last couple years.  It seems not a year goes by without some mention of a new movie or documentary tied to the saga, and this year has proven to be no exception.

Originally announced several years back, with a planned 2012 release date, the found footage flick The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes has just been renamed and finally, after all these years of remaining off the horror radar, been given a release date.  Dimension Films announced today that the movie will from this point forward be simply known as Amityville, and January 2nd, 2015 is the date we can expect the flies to buzz their way back into theaters.

The Amityville Horror Year 1979 Director Stuart Rosenberg James Brolin Margot Kidder

Most exciting of all – and I say this even though I was a fan of the 2005 remake – Amityville is going to completely disregard the events of the remake, and serve as a direct sequel to the original 1979 film.  Following in the footsteps of this year’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, this will be the first true sequel that we’ve seen from the franchise, as 1982’s Amityville 2: The Possession was a prequel, while the subsequent installments in the franchise had little to do with the original film’s storyline.

Written and directed by Casey La Scala and Halloween 6 writer Daniel Farrands, Amityville takes place in the late 70s and centers around an investigation of the infamous Long Island home, led by an ambitious female news intern.  She leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into the house, unwittingly opening a door to the other side that she may never be able to close.

I’d wager to guess that the reason the film is finally on the fast track has a little something to do with the success of The Conjuring, which showed that audiences are willing to spend their hard earned dollars on horror movies based on real-life paranormal cases.  As someone who’s been looking forward to this movie for years now (I’m a Long Islander, I can’t help it!), I must offer up a big thank you to The Conjuring for that.

Are you interested in checking this one out, or do you feel enough is enough of this franchise?  Sound off below!