This looks like it could be fun. Nice to see Hans Holzer’s daughter included in this. Airs April 23 at 10PM on EPIX
On the Nightstand: The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
My memory isn’t what it used to be, but I can say with some degree of certainty that Jay Anson’s 1977 novel “The Amityville Horror” not only ignited my love of horror and true crime, but my love of reading in general. I still have my original dog eared paperback that I got from my local used bookstore The Book Trader and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it. I enjoy it more every time, but this time around I was being more critical, paying more attention to the mechanics of the story rather than just the events. Some of it is downright odd.Continue reading
On the Nightstand: The Amityville Curse
The film based on this book is my least favorite of what I consider the original franchise films, meaning those made before the 2005 Dimension Films remake. I had not read the book in literal decades and I was hoping that maybe it would be better, as books often are. I was a fool.Continue reading
The People vs Ronald DeFeo
I’ve been pretty vocal about my opinion that the Amityville franchise has been bled dry at this point. But I have long thought that a more factual film about the DeFeo murders would be a nice change from the typical haunted house mess everyone seems to want to focus on. Amityville II: The Possession tried to tell this story, but took it a bit too far into fiction.
While deep in a YouTube hole this week I ran across this little short film by Out of Time Pictures called Amityville: The People vs Ronald DeFeo Jr. It appears to be a proof of concept to secure funding for a feature and it is damn impressive.
I guessing this will be based on the book High Hopes by prosecutor Gerald Sullivan since he appears to be the main character. I hope they get the money to make this film. It looks very promising.
I do have to wonder about one of the jurors though. The man on the far left seems a bit too “amused” by Ronnie’s courtroom confession. I’d keep an eye on him.
You can follow the progress over at https://www.outoftimepictures.com/in-development/
Holiday Project: My Amityville Model
Several years ago I ran across a guy on the Amityville Truth boards who had made a laser-cut model of the house and was selling the kits. They were not available for very long, but I managed to snag one. I’ve never been happy with my assembly of it since I tend to rush through projects like this. Here is the result.Continue reading