It’s not all superhero movies and animated films this year, and not every movie released has to have a kid-friendly rating. In 2016, horror proved to be one of the most resilient genres with The Conjuring 2 and Don’t Breathe making millions while tentpole movies like Independence Day: Resurgence went down in flames at the box office.
In the first three months of 2017, Split and Get Out opened to stellar business (and ecstatic reviews) while Ghost In The Shell and The Great Wall proved to be critical and commercial disappoints, which hopefully points the way forward for the genre for the rest of the year and beyond.
In the coming months, expect to see the return of franchise favourites, rebooted classics and a handful of original movies that deserve your attention. Will they go on to become the year’s biggest genre hits? That’s up to you.
Release Date: 30 June
Directed by Franck Khalfoun, Amityville: The Awakening was supposedly shot in 2014 for release in early 2015, a date that was moved to early 2016 to accommodate reshoots. When the release date of April 1 2016 was scrubbed, supposedly after an unfavourable reaction from a test audience, more reshoots were ordered and the film finally looks set to see the light of day this summer…or will it?
It’s not good when a movie is retooled and recut so many times, especially when it’s the 14th film to carry the Amityville moniker. Along with several title changes (from Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes to Amityville: The Reawakening to the above), a prolonged post-production period is a sure sign that a movie is going to blow.
The anticipation isn’t that the film will confound its critics but that it will be a franchise terminating megabomb that must be seen to be believed. After Rings, anything is possible.