Posts Tagged ‘Amityville: The Awakening’

amityvilleSome of you are probably wondering why I chose the film that I did for today and I have one simple answer for all of you. The simple answer to that question is that if it’s free then it’s for me and I am glad I found it on Google Play. The film that I am talking about is the new Amityville: The Awakening film that saw a limited release before hitting on demand and digital release. Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) believes that she is doing the right thing by moving her family into the old 112 Ocean Avenue home for their son James (Cameron Monaghan) who has neurological damage. The only problem is that Belle (Bella Thorne) can sense something is up with their new home and James who seems to be making great progress since moving there. The only question now is can she convince everyone that something sinister is going on in the house before it’s too late?The film also stars Mckenna Grace (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Juliet, Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Terrence, Taylor Spreitler (Kevin Can Wait) as Marissa, Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as Candice, Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) as Dr. Milton, and the film was written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac). 

amityville 2The one thing that I will say about this film over the failed remake some time back is that they acknowledge all those films as if this was the real world. They look at the scenario as in what if the book and the films were really telling the truth behind what is going on. For a guy who has remade a classic in Maniac, he sure does play down the remake of The Amityville Horror as complete crap which much to his credit is how a lot of people felt about it. The ending of the film is a nice touch because they acknowledge how ridiculous the whole scenario looks when everything is said and done, but you’ll have to watch it to know what I am talking about. I thought the acting for the most part was pretty awesome especially from Jennifer Jason Leigh who does a terrific job playing this mother who is obsessed with the idea that her son is going to pull through from this. She was a definite highlight of the film as she proved how masterful she can be on screen. Bella Thorne, this is the second time this year we have seen her and I have to say that I am pleased with her performance. She goes from popular cheerleader in our other film to the outcast in this one. The film isn’t necessarily scary at all, I feel there wasn’t really enough of it if you ask me. There is a couple of scenes here and there where they try to get you with some jump scares, but they didn’t do very well with me. The makeup department definitely deserves some kudos for how James looked throughout the film so I’ll give them credit. Other than that, it was a pretty decent film so I am going to give it an B for a final grade.

For only our second movie trailers post, we are going horror style to help promote and observe the great holiday of Halloween. I have a few horror movie trailers for you guys to check out which means I have some that are coming out soon and some we can expect next year.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension– I had always wondered where they were going to take this series next and they certainly found a way to make yet another sequel. A guy finds all the VHS tapes and wants to start investigating. He finds a camera that allows you to see the activity so for the first time ever we’ll actually see the ghosts and stuff. It looks pretty decent in my opinion and most likely I will end up seeing this in theaters when it comes out on October 23RD.

The Witch– Ever since I saw the poster for this film, I was instantly intrigued by it and I wanted to know more. It’s set in 1600’s New England as they are torn apart by witchcraft, black magic and other madness. It says 1630 as the year, so I don’t think it’s necessarily in Salem, but just from watching the trailer, this could be a contender for horror film of the year. Expect the film to be released on February 26, 2016.

The Forest– Apparently beneath Mount Fuji, there is a forest that people go to commit suicide so it’s safe to say that it’s a very haunted and messed up place. Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games) sense that her twin sister is in trouble and finds out that she went to the forest. So, she basically goes after her and you can probably tell what happens next in this story. The film drops January 8, 2016.

Amityville: The Awakening– Most of Hollywood will do whatever it takes to continue to bleed a franchise especially one like The Amityville Horror franchise. A mother moves her kids into a house not knowing it’s haunted and so on and so forth. It’s expects to be released in April 2016.