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
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.
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.
Date: 30 June
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?
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.
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.