Best known for discovering the Paranormal Activity in 2007, the ScreamFest horror film festival allows filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. ScreamFest founder and film producer Rachel Belofsky did one hell of a job this year!
The Amityville Murders premiered at the festival on October 9th and helped kick off the start of the event (Oct 9 thru 18). The cast, crew, and special guests took to the “black” carpet before the screening of the film and smiled for cameras.
A very humble Daniel Farrands (Director, Writer) explained to the Red Carpet Report when asked: “What he thinks makes this franchise special, liked and still successful today?”
“This movie isn’t necessarily part of a franchise. It’s a story about the Defeo family who tragically lost their lives in that house in 1974 before there was a haunted house, or before there was a franchise. I wanted to pay a respect to them. I wanted to tell my version of the story of what might have been. Obviously some of it comes from my own imagination because no one really knows what happened in that house and that is one of the most troubling things about that story is that not that many people..to this day law enforcement don’t know how the murders were committed the way they were committed and there are still so many loose ends to that case.”
Be sure to check back with us for a review of The Amityville Murders. The dedication and hard work very much resonates on the screen and the film is a true gift to the DeFeo legacy in telling their story and giving fans a well-deserved film. And yes for all of you Amityville II fans, there are a few nods to the 1982 possession film.
Join the cast and crew as they discuss their experiences working on this elaborate and spooky film – Based On True Events! Moderated by Lydia Hearst. In Attendance: Chelsea Ricketts, Sky Liam Patterson, Rebekah Graf, Sana Kaproff, Steve Trzaska, Diane Franklin, Lucas Jarach, Daniel Farrands, Kue Lawrence, Zane Austin, Noa Brenner.
About The Amityville Murders:
On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.
VOD/Cable and limited theaters November 13th (The 44th Anniversary of the murders).
- Deleted Scene
- Interviews with Cast & Filmmaker
- Behind the Scenes
ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.” For more information, visit www.ScreamfestLA.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Featured Image – Diane Franklin & Daughter – Olivia DeLaurentis