Ten years ago Ryan Katzenbach set out to make the definitive film about the Amityville case, or more specifically the DeFeo murders that spawned the entire phenomenon. The result is Shattered Hopes, a six-hour docudrama which has been conveniently split into 3 films; Part 1: From Horror To Homicide, Part 2: Mob, Mayhem, Murder, and Part 3: Fraud and Forensics which is due out in November just in time for the 40th anniversary of the crime that inspired it.
One of the numerous Amityville projects slated for release in the near future is Shattered Hopes: The True Story Behind the Amityville Murders. The film is based on Ric Osuna’s book The Night the Defeo’s Died and has been in the making for over ten years now. The path this film has taken to release has been a rocky one and to be honest I never thought it would ever see the flicker of a movie screen.
I don’t really get into Halloween which I realize is odd considering that I love a good horror movie and have been known to lurk around graveyards after dark on occasion. Last year I got talked into attending a party where costumes were mandatory so I took the easy road and went as a vampire waiter from Merlotte’s. Lame I know. Our usual Halloween involves getting out of the house to avoid the marauding rug rats and attending a horror movie party at my best friend’s house in Cabbagetown. We usually choose one good film and one cheesy one we can make fun of. The movie I am about to speak about would fall into that second category.