It's not uncommon for movies to hit some missteps during the production process, but few films have had as much trouble as Amityville: The Awakening. As the latest installment in one of the most successful and beloved horror series, one would think the film would find its footing, but that unfortunately, hasn't been the case. Filmed in 2014, the movie was initially expected to hit theaters on January 6, 2015, but the date was pushed back to April of 2016 due to some significant reshoots. Then, as luck would have it, the film was rescheduled again to hit theaters on August of 2016, then again to January of 2017.
Once Amityville: The Awakening was delayed one more time to June 30, 2017 it was pulled from Dimension Films' schedule entirely after it did not make that release date either. While the film did get a limited release in countries like Russia and Mexico, the United States was left hanging, wondering when they'd get to see the movie. Well, if you're a diehard horror aficionado who just can't wait to check out the film, I've got great news for you.
'Amityville: The Awakening' Finally Has A Release Date
Deadline is reporting that the film is finally getting a limited free release on Google Play from October 12 to November 8 of 2017. That will surely be an attractive deal for people who just want to sit back and enjoy a film free of charge, without leaving the comfort of their own homes.
Now, let's face it: #horror films are usually a better experience on a big screen inside a dark theater, surrounded by other people who, much like you, just want to get scared out of their minds. If you feel that way as well, don't worry, because the film will also be getting a limited theatrical release on October 28.
What remains to be seen is how the movie will perform at the box office. While it's great for hardcore horror fans to be able to experience The Awakening on the big screen, the free digital release will most likely impact its earnings, especially because it comes out on Google over a week prior to hitting theaters. Paired with the fact that the film only managed to gather $5 million after opening in two other countries, all signs point in the opposite direction of a box office hit.
Will It Manage To Resonate With Audiences Critically?
The odds are stacked against the financial side of things, and things don't look much better for the critical one either. Twitter reactions to the movie from the countries in which it was released haven't exactly been great. One particular Spanish reviewer said:
"Even though it features a few good scares, 'Amityville: The Awakening,' it's ultimately a project that doesn't take advantage of the legacy of the story it's telling."
Granted, the reactions may not paint it as the worst movie ever, but they certainly don't make the film out to be the next acclaimed installment in the franchise. While it's not wise to make assumptions or judge a movie before more people get to experience it for themselves, this type of criticism is usually a good indication of how the film will be received.
If you're curious to see how The Awakening turns out, you can watch the horror extravaganza on Google Play from October 12 to November 8, and in theaters on October 28. If you want to get an idea of what to expect from the film before watching it, check out the trailer:
How do you feel about Amityville: The Awakening finally getting to see the light of day, or rather the darkness of a theater? Let me know in the comments!