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The Weinstein Company Sued Over 'Amityville Horror' Sequel

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Good news for The Weinstein Company ... It's being sued again, but not for sexual harassment. The widow of the author of the novel, "The Amityville Horror" is suing Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and TWC, for allegedly ripping off her dead husband's work by creating a 2017 sequel. Lesia Anson says the sequel is derived directly from her husband's novel and the 1979 film, both of which her husband created. She says the 2017 sequel -- "Amityville: The Awakening
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Here’s Your First Gruesome Look At The Amityville Murders: A Haunting On Long Island

The Amityville franchise has clocked up an astonishing 18 installments to date. Inspired by the critical and financial success of 1979’s The Amityville Horror (still one of the most commercially successful indie films of all-time), various production companies have been churning out sequels, remakes and re-imaginings for the last couple of decades now.

The most recent is Amityville: The Awakening, shot in 2014 and released straight-to-video last week – our review here. Next up though we’ve got The Amityville Murders: A Haunting on Long Island, and courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, we now have a sneak peek of what’s coming.

The genesis of the series was the experiences of the Lutz family, who moved into a haunted house and experienced all manner of ghostly happenings. The previous occupiers of the house were the DeFeos, who met a grisly end at the hand of patriarch Ronald DeFeo Jr. One misty night, he
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Jordan Peele on How He Tackled Systemic Racism as Horror in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele on How He Tackled Systemic Racism as Horror in ‘Get Out’
Jordan Peele discovered halfway through the making of “Get Out” what story he wanted to tell: A horror-thriller for black audiences that delivered a searing satirical critique of systemic racism.

“The writing of (‘Get Out’) started with me starting to make my favorite horror-thriller that’s never been made before,” Peele said Wednesday during a keynote conversation at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit. “Halfway through writing the project is when I realized what it was actually about.”

Moderated by Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge, the conversation focused on how Peele approached the making of his first feature film. Before “Get Out,” Peele was known as a comic, a sketch artist from his time on Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.”

Peele said he wanted to make a film for black audiences, who gravitate toward horror films but often are frustrated with unrealistic decisions made by lead characters. Using “The Amityville Horror” as an example, Peele said the
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Weinstein's Amityville Horror Sequel Fails to Make $800 at the Box Office

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Weinstein's Amityville Horror Sequel Fails to Make $800 at the Box Office
Long delayed horror movie Amityville: The Awakening finally opened this past weekend, and the wait wasn't worth it. The movie failed miserably, bringing in just $742 from ten locations during it's one day release on Saturday. The movie is the first from The Weinstein Company to hit theater screens following the wake of a huge sex scandal involving co-founder Harvey Weinstein. Even though the movie only played for one day, this is a monumentally bad take. It's not helped by the fact that Google Play debuted the movie two weeks ago, streaming it for subscribers.

Amityville: The Awakening has a pretty great cast for a horror sequel. Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison, and Cameron Monaghan headline the thriller. It was directed by Franck Khalfoun from his own screenplay and produced by TWC's Dimension alongside Blumhouse, who seldom experience this kind of flop, and have two of the most profitable
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The Differences Between ‘The Amityville Horror’ True Story & Movies

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The Amityville Horror” is one of the quintessential American haunted house tales. Whether you’re intrigued by the supernatural, or curious about the retellings the original story has spawned, a new video essay details the differences between the source material and movies it spawned.

The video essay from CineFix explores three different ways “The Amityville Horror” has been told: the original novel by Jay Johnson, the 1979 film adaptation starring James Brolin, and the 2005 film starring Ryan Reynolds.

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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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Weinstein Company’s ‘Amityville: The Awakening’ Grosses Minuscule $742

Weinstein Company’s ‘Amityville: The Awakening’ Grosses Minuscule $742
The Weinstein Company’s “Amityville: The Awakening” grossed a minuscule $742 total at 10 locations on Saturday, two weeks after the haunted house sequel began streaming for free on Google Play.

Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison, and Cameron Monaghan star in “Amityville: The Awakening,” which was directed by Franck Khalfoun from his own script. It’s produced by TWC’s Dimension and Blumhouse.

The original 1979 movie “The Amityville Horror” is based on the 1974 events at a rural house in Amityville, N.Y., which became the site of one of the deadliest hauntings and grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” detailed a family moving into the house in 1975 and leaving a week later due to paranormal activity.

The book was adapted in 1979 by American Independent Pictures and became a hit, grossing $86 million. MGM’s 2005 version earned $108 million worldwide. In “[link
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Amityville: The Awakening Review

For a long-pushed, unceremoniously dropped – straight to Google Play to watch for Free – 2017 reboot-a-ma-jig, Amityville: The Awakening sure is brazenly confident. Like, beyond pure existence. I’m all for revamping franchises in new and chilling ways, but to shade other Amityville entries without first proving your own merit? That’s exactly what happens when Thomas Mann’s draped-in-black horror devotee asks which Amityville film should be watched from inside 112 Ocean Avenue. “Remakes totally blow,” spouts his goth-punk friend. Hey – at least 2005’s The Amityville Horror features Ryan Reynolds chopping wood shirtless and in longjohns. Which is more than this generic Kidz-Bop mess of redundant haunter misfires has to offer.

Bella Thorne stars as Belle Walker, a damn-the-world transplant now inhabiting the famed Amityville manor where Ronnie DeFeo Jr. murdered his family – but she doesn’t know it. Mother Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) claims she scored a killer deal on a
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5 Exciting Details About Netflix's New Serial Killer Thriller, Mindhunter

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If you were to mix the dark, menacing vibes of House of Cards with FBI procedural Criminal Minds, your result might be something similar to Netflix's latest original show, Mindhunter. House of Cards executive producer David Fincher is heading up the show, which is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (which also inspired characters in the films The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon). From the major players who have signed on to the series to why you need to start obsessing over it immediately, check out everything we know about Mindhunter below. RelatedThese 9 Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Shock and Amaze You The Story Although the Mind Hunter book follows the accounts of real-life Special Agent John Douglas over the course of his 25-year career, the TV version of Mindhunter will focus on fictional FBI agents.
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Halloween 2017: 31 Movies to Watch on Hulu This October

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Last week, I gave you guys a few lists from Amazon and Netflix in regards to what they have to offer via their streaming services this fall. As a newbie to Hulu, I only discovered over the weekend that they, too, beyond just being an amazing resource for television programming, offer up a killer selection of genre movies that are free to stream with a standard Hulu membership.

Here’s a look at an assortment of 31 films from Hulu that I think would be great movies to stream this October. I tried to give you guys a wide variety, too, hitting various sub-genres, so hopefully there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list.

The Faculty

As far as high school horror films go, The Faculty has remained one of my very favorites for years now. Essentially, it’s Robert Rodriguez riffing on The X-Files, and who can resist that?
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Second trailer for Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’

In Mindhunter, FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) study the damaged psyches of serial killers in an attempt to understand and catch them, and in the process pioneer the development of modern serial killer profiling.

How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks? Two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers in Mindhunter

The series is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers. The show also stars Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless).

Mindhunter launches globally October 13th on Netflix.
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Friendly Reminder: Ryan Reynolds May Never Be Hotter Than He Is in The Amityville Horror

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Guys. Guys. The remake of The Amityville Horror might have premiered in 2005, but it's never far from our minds. True, it's not the greatest horror movie to come out in the last decade, but one very special person makes the whole thing watchable: Ryan Reynolds. Unlike his character in Deadpool, Reynolds is a vision of physical perfection, and - if we may be so bold - at peak hotness. In addition to kick-starting our love of seeing Reynolds on screen, his role in the horror flick also taught us a valuable lesson: it's much easier to forgive someone for being possessed by demons and trying to murder their family if they do it while having an eight-pack. RelatedGiant Spoilers For Every Horror Movie You've Ever Been Too Scared to Watch31 Drop-Dead Sexy Ryan Reynolds Snaps That Will Make You Feel Faint
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New Amityville: The Awakening Trailer Connects To Original Movie, Blu-Ray Release Announced

If you’re someone who’s been looking forward to seeing Amityville: The Awakening, then odds are that you’re about ready to put your fist through a wall – and understandably so. After first being unveiled all the way back in 2014, the latest entry in the legendary haunted house franchise has been subjected to suffering delay after delay after delay, the most recent of which seemingly put it in limbo.

Thankfully, things began to shift in our favor, first with an international release, and then with the knowledge that the much anticipated horror flick will be made available for a limited time via Google Play starting on October 12. Upon hearing that, we decided to file that tidbit under “better than nothing.”

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Mother! review – a complicated labour for Jennifer Lawrence…

Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it

“Nothing is ever enough – I couldn’t create if it was!” You have to admire writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s almost religious devotion to the parable-like possibilities of hyperventilating, surrealist cinema. Having caught critics’ attention with the cult low-budget sci-fi oddity Pi and proved his gritty mettle with Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky gave us time-straddling cosmic madness in The Fountain, combined ballet with metamorphic fantasy in Black Swan, and conjured gigantic rock-monsters in the quasi-biblical babble-fest Noah. Now with Mother!, a paranoid nightmare that starts out like Polanski’s Repulsion and winds up closer to Apocalypse Now, he has stretched the envelope of outrageous mainstream cinema to breaking point – and beyond.

We start and end in flames, with an image of a fiery face giving way to a mysterious crystal, which
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‘It’ Will Become One of the Top 10 Horror Films in Box-Office History

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‘It’ Will Become One of the Top 10 Horror Films in Box-Office History
After Sunday confirmed growing word of mouth, “It” ended its opening weekend with $123 million. For horror films, which call a $40 million-$50 million opening great, that’s nearly uncharted territory. Even if “It” only doubles its opening, that would make it not only the biggest Stephen King adaptation ever (topping “The Green Mile,” in adjusted numbers), but also one of the top horror films in box-office history.

It will easily outpace this year’s two best, the microbudget Blumhouse films “Get Out” ($175 million) and “Split” ($138 million). And the first weekend already has surpassed “Annabelle: Creation” ($96 million) or a domestic disappointment like the Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” ($80 million).

Horror can cover a lot of territory, so exact definitions can be a challenge. But it looks like “It” will join a list of the 10 biggest ever in domestic ticket sales (as calculated by adjusting ticket prices).

“The Exorcist”

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Why ‘Amityville II: The Possession’ is Superior to ‘The Amityville Horror’

Why ‘Amityville II: The Possession’ is Superior to ‘The Amityville Horror’
Of all the horror franchises in existence, The Amityville Horror series might be the strangest, with very loose connections between them. Spanning 18 films, most direct-to-video, that spawned from the bizarre case of the DeFeo family in Amityville, New York in 1974, and subsequent book based on the site of the murders. Released in July […]
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‘House On Elm Lake’ Review

Stars: Becca Hirani, Andrew Hollingworth, Faye Goodwin, Lorena Andrea, Tara MacGowran, Oliver Ebsworth, Tony Manders, Kate Lush | Written by Shannon Holiday | Directed by James Klass

House on Elm Lake opens with a terrified mother and young son bound and gagged while their knife-wielding patriarch paces and rants. The terror and confusion beams across loud and clear. Whatever is wrong with the husband, no amount of pleading from his wife or his child will change their fate. The scene is tense, the scene is harrowing, and because this is a horror movie, the scene is full of stabbing. Cut to years later and a new family, Haley, Eric, and their daughter Penny, movie into the quaint, lakeside home.

What the script lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in competent scares. The haunted house genre may be well-worn territory, but it’s been a horror staple over several decades for a good reason.
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Why ‘The Conjuring’ Could Become the Biggest Horror Franchise of the Century

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Why ‘The Conjuring’ Could Become the Biggest Horror Franchise of the Century
Four movies in — with at least three more on deck — and the burgeoning The Conjuring Universe is continuing to scare up big box office bucks with no sign of slowing down. Even during the downturned, dog days of summer, the latest film in the franchise, prequel-to-a-sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” topped out as the weekend’s biggest winner, pulling in over $35 million in domestic returns and handily dispatching with its nearest competition (“Dunkirk,” now in its fourth week, made just $11.4 million to take second place). The 21st century has already played home to one of the genre’s biggest hit franchises ever and has steadily rolled out new offerings that seem destined to inspire their own series but, for now, “The Conjuring” is king. And it won’t stop until it becomes the biggest horror franchise of the century.

The franchise has some stiff competition, including the “Paranormal Activity” films ($401.4 million) and
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Chloe Grace Moretz on Growing Up, Hillary Clinton and Hollywood Sexism

Chloe Grace Moretz on Growing Up, Hillary Clinton and Hollywood Sexism
One year ago, the Democratic National Convention was buzzing with celebrities like Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, and Elizabeth Banks. But none of them had closer proximity to the candidate than Chloë Grace Moretz, who took the stage 45 minutes before Hillary Clinton.

“It was one of the happiest moments of my life, that’s for sure,” recalls Moretz, 20, on a recent afternoon, sitting with her two-month-old pug, Ruby. The actress had such a plum spot at the DNC because organizers were hoping she’d reach first-time millennial voters.

Moretz has something in common with her multitasking generation: She knows what it’s like to burn out as a teenager. After appearing in dozens of movies since she was a pint-size kid, Moretz realized at 18 that she needed a yearlong break. She left her home in Los Angeles for a solitary vacation in Tulum, Mexico, embarked on a few road trips, dated and spent time with her friends — a
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R.I.P. to Chloe Grace Moretz's Childhood Dog Fuller: 'I Know You're at Peace Now'

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R.I.P. to Chloe Grace Moretz's Childhood Dog Fuller: 'I Know You're at Peace Now'
Our condolences go out to Chloë Grace Moretz, who posted the news of her dog’s death on Instagram on Tuesday. Fuller the dog had been the actress’s “best friend” since she was a kid.

While it’s always tough to suffer the loss of a beloved animal, the sadness and nostalgia attached to a childhood pet can be even harder to bear.

“Rest In Peace my dear dear Fuller,” Moretz wrote. “I love you more than you know. You’ve been my protector and best friend since I was a little girl and I wish the end didn
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