Thanks to that haunted house that resides in Amityville, N.Y. we’ve seen ten movies based on the house, and now this new addition to the Amityville collection that will probably be the “first time ever that the true prequel to the Amityville horror will be told.”
Amityville is home to the famed house in which Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six members of his family in 1974. George Lutz and his family moved into the house a year later. They were forced to move out of the house 28 days later due to a series of terrifying hauntings they confronted. The case became the subject of Jay Anson’s 1977 book The Amityville Horror: A True Story.
This new project comes from producer Tony DeRosa-Grund, and it will be based on the experiences of two reporters who examined the incidents for New York TV station WNEW, Laura DiDio and Marvin Scott. On March 6th, 1976 a 19-year-old Didio got approval from George Lutz to visit the house, where she held a séance that apparently succeeded in seeing ghostly presences, one of which involved a young boy. DiDio had this to say in a statement,
Marvin and I are thrilled to be working with Tony and Evergreen. I lived through this horrific ordeal and I am the only person who has the ability to tell the true Amityville prequel story in its entirety. Even after all these years, after what I personally experienced, there is nothing anyone could ever do or say to get me back in that house.
The project will be bought around as a found footage movie, and a video of the news report’s séance will be used in the movie. According to THR, the producer hunted down a copy of the report as well as extra video footage that Scott had in his possession. The footage was thought to have been lost. The movie will be made around their experiences examining the Amityville house and their findings of what happened there before the Lutzes moved in.
The producer adds, “They discerned certain things during the sequence, which heretofore had not been corroborated. With a lot of help from Laura and from the Catholic Church, we’ve been able to get confirmations and connective tissues, in terms of the evil and the origins of evil in the house that was there before the Lutzes moved in.”
This movie project has sparked my interest. It definitely has the potential to be a fabulous and scary horror movie. Dimension and Miramax declared last year that they would be developing a project of their own called The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, that would be produced by Paranormal Activity’s Jason Blum. That project also includes found footage and a TV news intern investigating the Amityville case.
Here’s the list of ten movies that have previously been made…