The latest chapter in the horrifying Amityville film series is finally set to arrive next month, but the new movie will have a very unconventional release. Amityville: The Awakening will be available to stream exclusively on Google Play from October 12 to November 8, completely free of charge.
If you’d prefer to experience the film on the big screen, Amityville: The Awakening will also have a limited theatrical release on October 28 — just in time for Halloween.
The film features former Disney Channel star Bella Thorne as Belle, who experiences strange phenomena when she moves with her single mother and siblings into a new home, which she soon learns is the infamous Amityville house.
Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison, and Kurtwood Smith all co-star in Amityville: The Awakening.
It’s been a long road to release for the latest Amityville film, which actually finished production all the way back in 2014 but has been delayed multiple times.
Originally planned as a “found footage” film called Amityville: The Lost Tapes, the movie was reworked when French director Franck Khalfoun (P2, Maniac) came aboard.
It was originally scheduled for release on January 2, 2015, before being delayed due to change of production companies and again after a test screening.
Although it’s only now arriving in the United States, Amityville: The Awakening did hit theaters in Ukraine, Central America, and the Philippines earlier this summer.
Believe it or not, this is actually the 19th film in the Amityville film franchise, which began with 1979’s The Amityville Horror, based on the bestselling book of the same name.
Over the years, the story detailed in the book by the Lutz family has been the subject of controversy, with many doubting its veracity. None of the subsequent owners of the home have reported any supernatural activity, and the later films have moved on from the “true” story to establish their own fictional tales.