Amityville: The Awakening delayed yet again, this time to 2017

The new Amityville Horror movie won’t be out for ages

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At this point we’ve kind of given up hope that we’ll ever see Franck Khalfoun’s Amityville: The Awakening, now it’s had yet another delay.

The film was delayed indefinitely back in 2014, and finally got a release date of 1 April, but now Deadline is reporting that it’s been moved to 6 January 2017.

The previous delay was due to reshoots that were reportedly complicated by the availability of star Cameron Monaghan, whose commitments to TV show Shameless meant that they had to wait for him to be free. However, this latest delay is reportedly due to the fact that “people like to be scared at the start of a year.”

The Deadline story cites the financial success of One Missed Call, The UnbornDaybreakers, The Devil Inside, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death, and The Forest, but in terms of quality, that’s not exactly the most exceptional bunch…Apart from Daybreakers. We’re actually pretty big fans of Daybreakers.

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Indeed, January is usually regarded as a dumping ground for the horror genre, so we’re not massively enthused by this, no matter how its spun. Which is a shame, because Khalfoun’s Maniac remake is excellent and this film stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, and there’s never an excuse for promising a Jennifer Jason Leigh film release and taking it away from us.

Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight

The film also stars Bella Thorne (Scream: The Series, The DUFF), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time, House), Thomas Mann (Me, Earl & The Dying Girl) and the great Kurtwood Smith.

“Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.”

Amityville: The Awakening will be released on 6 January 2017. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.