The Amityville Horror Remake
One of the most terrifying true crime stories is getting remade once again. In 1974 Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot his six family members in their beds whilst they were sleeping. Upon being questioned by the police he revealed that the devil had told him to commit the terrible murders. In 1975 the Lutz family moved into the house, but after 28 days fled claiming that they had been terrorized by the paranormal. What a great event for a horror film, and that is why so many films have since spawned from it. But the two which most people remember are the original in 1979, and the remake of it in 2005 which starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. In my opinion, both were great.
Now Hollywood feel that it is time for another remake. Originally named The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes – primarily using a found footage take on the story – and set for an early 2014 release, that has now changed. It is now being released in 2015 and the title has been cut down to just Amityville. Not much is known about the film at the moment, but due to the creators scraping their hand-held camera theme, it is apparent that they do not know what they want to do with it. It may just end up being another remake of the original. Only time will tell.
Estimated Release: 2nd January 2015
Dead Snow: Red vs Dead
Any fans of the zombie genre will most likely have seen the 2009 Norwegian horror ‘Dead Snow’. The film was centred around the legend that at the end of the second world war, on realising their impending doom, Nazis in Oksfjord, Norway looted the entire town; but were driven to the freezing mountains by villagers. Where they were believed to have perished. Unfortunately for 7 medical students staying in a remote cabin near the location, the Nazis never wanted to give up their treasure. So after the group find a box of valuables they think it is a time for celebration, that is until Nazi zombies begin to rise from the grave and attack the group. Although the film wasn’t spectacular, it was still very enjoyable and brought a different twist to the genre. It has since become a cult favourite, so fans should be excited to hear that there is a sequel on the way, ‘Dead Snow: Red vs Dead’.
The sequel is going to carry on from where the first film left off, with the sole survivor of the zombie horde’s attack. He will once again be battling against the undead in an attempt to survive, but this time he will be assisted by a zombie killing squad. Let’s hope it is just as bloody gory as the first. The trailer for Dead Snow: Red vs Dead is below.
Estimated Release: 14th February 2014
Rosemary’s Baby TV Show
These days Hollywood seems to all be about taking horror films and turning them into a television series. Recently there has been TV series’ made from: From Dusk ’till Dawn, Psycho (Bates Motel) and Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal). Now another is getting remade into a mini-series. The Roman Polanski directed 1968 classic horror Rosemary’s Baby; which once terrified audiences is being rebooted in the hope that it will terrify once again. At the helm of the pregnant protagonist, who is paranoid that a satanic cult is attacking her, is actress Zoe Saldana (Avatar/Star Trek/The Losers); she is taking over the role from Mia Farrow who portrayed Rosemary in the original. At the moment it seems as though – like with the From Dusk ’till Dawn series – it will just play out an extended version of the film.
Estimated Release: 2014