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Post by sherbetbizarre » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:41 am

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UK based production company North Bank Entertainment, in association with Mad Science Films, will begin principal photography on THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM, their third collaboration with financiers Independent Moving Pictures, in January 2013.

The three companies have previously collaborated on ‘Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’, which will be released later this year by Grindstone Entertainment Group & Lionsgate Home Entertainment in North America and 4Digital Media in the UK, as well as ‘Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming’ which is currently in post-production.

THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM will be written, produced and directed by North Bank Entertainment’s Andrew Jones with Robert Graham of Independent Moving Pictures and James Plumb of Mad Science Films as executive producers.

Lisa Templeton begins a new job as a cleaner at High Hopes Hospital, a mental institution in Amityville, Long Island. Initially delighted to get the job, Lisa soon realises that all is not as it seems. Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients, she is further unnerved by apparent supernatural occurrences on the night shift. To preserve her sanity Lisa must uncover the mysterious history of the institution and it’s inmates. But the truth is far more terrifying than she could ever imagine.

Writer, Producer and Director Andrew Jones: “I am delighted to be teaming up again with Independent Moving Pictures and Mad Science Films for THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM, and particularly excited to be directing this project. We intend to utilise that creepy staple of the horror genre, the insane asylum, to combine supernatural scares with real life horror and take audiences on an unrelenting, terrifying ride”. “Principal photography on THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM begins January 9th 2013,
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Post by Julabard » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:49 am

Doesn't sound very good :cry:
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Post by Brendan72 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:04 am

Sorry Sherb, but :roll: ... in my busy life it saves time to prejudge and get it over and done with ....
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Post by AmityPhotos » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:01 am

I don't think people even try anymore.

If they are dead-set on using 'Amityville' can't they just throw a bunch of hard core horror fans and Amityville (Horror) Fans in a room and come up with a decent storyline?

The movie industry needs a reality type show to discover some original ideas (all genres).
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Post by Brendan72 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:05 am

Like the movie with the doll house it's just another straight-to-dvd movie with the Amityville name attached to it.
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Post by Mix1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:27 am

Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients
Surely if she is a qualified mental health nurse, which i presume she is, then surely she would be used to these 'ramblings'.

I know that was picky of me but, it's these small things that don't bode well for the overall plot and quality of the film.

Sometimes I wish there was just one definitive official series of films bearing the Amityville name, instead of, what appears to be, every director with some spare moolah giving it a shot.
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Post by tomspy77 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:08 am

Mix1 wrote:
Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients
Surely if she is a qualified mental health nurse, which i presume she is, then surely she would be used to these 'ramblings'.

I know that was picky of me but, it's these small things that don't bode well for the overall plot and quality of the film.

Sometimes I wish there was just one definitive official series of films bearing the Amityville name, instead of, what appears to be, every director with some spare moolah giving it a shot.
I agree about this film most likely being total crap, but the synopsis says the lead is a cleaner, not a nurse...

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Post by Mix1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:12 am

tomspy77 wrote:
Mix1 wrote:
Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients
Surely if she is a qualified mental health nurse, which i presume she is, then surely she would be used to these 'ramblings'.

I know that was picky of me but, it's these small things that don't bode well for the overall plot and quality of the film.

Sometimes I wish there was just one definitive official series of films bearing the Amityville name, instead of, what appears to be, every director with some spare moolah giving it a shot.
I agree about this film most likely being total crap, but the synopsis says the lead is a cleaner, not a nurse...

And that's what I get for scan reading. :fp:

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Post by Rokiisun » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:19 pm

The idea sounds good, but like others have said, I don't like how the
Film makers have just slapped, 'Amityville' onto the movie in
High hopes that it'll draw in an audience/sales.

I guess if they were so worried it wasn't going to perform well without putting
Amityville (or reference to High Hopes) in the title then my guess is that the movie will be bad.
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Post by Brendan72 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:00 am

I think I might just burn my money and be done with it!
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Post by Andrew_J » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:45 pm

Hi all,

I'm the writer, producer and director of 'The Amityville Asylum'. So I'm the only one to blame if the movie sucks :D

I have been an avid reader of these boards for a while now. I've always been fascinated with the DeFeo murder case and the subsequent events. I enjoy reading the wide range of opinions on here. Most members have such an in depth knowledge that I've probably learnt more on these boards about the case than all of the books I've read about it put together. So it was pretty cool to see that there is a topic discussing the movie I'm shooting in January on here. I thought now would be a good time to finally register on the forum so I can address some of the comments and field any questions, if people have any.

First of all, I don't blame anyone for being skeptical about my film. As a horror fan myself I agree that many of the Amityville movies have been pretty dire and as someone who is interested in the real life case it's been frustrating to see that so many of the later entries were unconnected to the original story. Plus many of the so called factual documentaries have been pretty speculative. The representation of anything Amityville related on screen has often not been very good so I can see why people think my film won't be either.

Let me first say that this is a fictional story created by me and not a real life account of the DeFeo case or the Lutz story. However, it is also not a movie simply bearing the Amityville name with no relation to the real life events. It's got the Amityville name on it because it does have direct connections. The best example I can present is William Peter Blatty's novel 'Legion' and the film adaptation 'The Exorcist III'. If you look at that book and the movie it's not the same kind of book and movie as the original 'The Exorcist', it is a very different story but with a lot of plot points and back story tied into the original novel/film. Of course the plot of 'The Amityville Asylum' is very different to 'The Exorcist III', but it takes the same kind of approach.

My film is an original story but there are plot points and back story that tie into the real life events surrounding the DeFeo case. So as I've said, it is called Amityville because it has direct connections to the DeFeo case, not because we're quickly throwing together a film to try and cash in on the name. Of course I'm not going to pretend that the title isn't a selling point, it got us the financing for the film after all. But I've had a long time interest in the Amityville story so this project means a hell of a lot more to me than a pay cheque. I'm doing this because I have a burning story to tell that I feel horror fans will enjoy.

So if anyone has any questions about the project feel free to post them in this topic and I'll answer anything, even if it's a critical take on what I'm doing.

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:42 am

Hi Andrew,

Welcome to the board!
Andrew_J wrote:I have been an avid reader of these boards for a while now. I've always been fascinated with the DeFeo murder case and the subsequent events. I enjoy reading the wide range of opinions on here. Most members have such an in depth knowledge that I've probably learnt more on these boards about the case than all of the books I've read about it put together.
That's good to know - look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to ask any questions...
Let me first say that this is a fictional story created by me and not a real life account of the DeFeo case or the Lutz story.
Glad you made that clear, as even documentaries are passing themselves off as fact these days ;) I don't mind what happens in an Amityville movie, but it's nice to get things correct when referring to the real case... not that a fictional movie needs to do it, of course.

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Post by Brendan72 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:43 am

HI Andrew and welcome to the board.

On one hand I would ask you to forgive and understand where my opinions (and majority of the opinions of the members) come from when we heard news of another Amityville-related project in the works as the reactions can be mixed. It is good to see that you do not bare any ill will and have broad shoulders when it comes to approaching such things. Such actions can display one of enough character to be taken seriously rather than someone who takes offence to his/her project being afflicted (and I use such word lightly) by such negative critique.

I can only speak for myself as both an audience member and a board member (not in that order) when giving such critique to a project, usually it is AFTER viewing such material that I give a full and informed opinion. However there are a variety of exceptions, and I think as you understand from your previous post, that based from past experience, has more than often left a bitter taste in one's mouth. This is particularly when there is gross misrepresentation involved.

I do not take kindly to representations as being a true story (or even loosely based on true events, as it should be represented when doing so), however when it is on one hand represented as such and then it completely defames a character who is not only a real person in name but also who at the time was still alive (i.e., George Lutz in the example of the 2005 remake of Amityville Horror), then I take a huge exception. However, when there is a project that is a fictionalised off-shoot (or a story that is loosely based around the case itself, albeit murders and/or haunting) then some latitude is given to those making the project by myself and I give benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately this was not one of those times, and on one note do apologise. But on another hand I hope you understand (as I am sure you would) when I previously said it is easier to pre-judge and be done with it, and to also burn my money - I would NEVER actually burn money, mind you - I am not that crazy.

The premise of an insane asylum is an interesting one, for these are known to be areas of high levels of paranormal activity. So in that respect it would be extra interesting it be made the backdrop to a horror story.

I personally began writing a story about the DeFeo murders in a fictionalised context, but it became problematic in how I could approach it without destroying the integrity with the memories of six deceased family members, without increasing the importance of one who had committed such crimes? How could it be approached? From this angle I was considering the approach in the historical fiction context, similar to that done by James Ellroy with the Underworld USA trilogy. Ellroy's approach with the Kennedy Assassination was to finish the first instalment of the trilogy, American Tabloid just minutes before the assassination itself. The second book The Cold Six Thousand commenced just moments AFTER the assassination. So my approach to my story would be similar - everyone knew what happened so why go into detail, but rather delve in possible fictionalised events surrounding the murders but intertwine it with subplots relating to it, without using too many non-fictional characters to as to maintain some integrity. Then the reader could think "well that could have happened and is not entirely impossible, however it is a work of fiction so I can remove it from the reality and enjoy the fictionalised account of it". When dealing with real people in a fictionalised context/setting the creative artist has to show more care than usual.

However, with the above example when certain creative artists (I use that term loosely in their cases) represent it as what actually happened, without the slightest hint of credible evidence, then not only is it a total misrepresentation it also insults the intelligence of the audience, sullies the memories of those who are no long with us to defend themselves, and also makes it difficult for those who have honourable intentions towards similar projects with a more credible approach in the future.

With that all being said (and presuming you are not bored already with this lengthy post), welcome to the board!
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Post by Andrew_J » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:23 am

sherbetbizarre wrote: I don't mind what happens in an Amityville movie, but it's nice to get things correct when referring to the real case
I agree completely which is why I'm making sure the elements of the back story that relate to the DeFeo murders are factually correct. The murders are tied into a contemporary fictionalized story. But I've made the fictionalized modern story work around the facts of the original case and not the other way around.
Brendan72 wrote: However, with the above example when certain creative artists (I use that term loosely in their cases) represent it as what actually happened, without the slightest hint of credible evidence, then not only is it a total misrepresentation it also insults the intelligence of the audience, sullies the memories of those who are no long with us to defend themselves, and also makes it difficult for those who have honourable intentions towards similar projects with a more credible approach in the future.
I totally understand where you're coming from and agree. This film won't be claiming to be a true story in any way, but as I've said I do intend to make the part of the film that refers to the DeFeo murders factually accurate. It's a delicate matter for me in making reference to a real life tragedy in which real people lost their lives. But while the victims are made reference to I have only focused on them in the context of their senseless murder. I haven't touched on any of the speculative theories about their personal lives that have appeared in books or on websites down the years. However I do also know that some people will feel their inclusion in a fictional work made for entertainment purposes is in poor taste regardless of how they are portrayed. I can't really argue with that, I can just do my best to deal in facts regarding that element of the film rather than putting forward anything speculative. I will also say that when dealing with that area of the movie I will not be entertaining any of Ronald DeFeo Jr's various stories about accomplices or anything like that. In my opinion he committed the murders alone, without any reservation or remorse.

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Post by UFAlien » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:40 pm

Hello Andrew! As a film student, I'd first and foremost like to say "good luck". As a board member, I'm also obligated to say "don't f*** it up", but from your previous posts you seem to be pretty reasonable about any real-life connections.

I do have some questions, though. Since you said that it's not being passed off as a true story, does that mean it's not a "found footage"-style movie? Myself and others are obviously getting pretty sick of that, and last year's The Amityville Haunting didn't help matters. Also (and this might not be something you can officially answer), I'm curious since you mentioned the funding came from the title - what IS the budget like? Fairly small, I'd assume? Not a bad thing, necessarily - a lot of the best horror movies have been made on a shoestring (Halloween, for instance). Finally, will you be filming in the UK?

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Post by Andrew_J » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:53 pm

UFAlien wrote:Hello Andrew! As a film student, I'd first and foremost like to say "good luck". As a board member, I'm also obligated to say "don't f*** it up", but from your previous posts you seem to be pretty reasonable about any real-life connections.

I do have some questions, though. Since you said that it's not being passed off as a true story, does that mean it's not a "found footage"-style movie? Myself and others are obviously getting pretty sick of that, and last year's The Amityville Haunting didn't help matters. Also (and this might not be something you can officially answer), I'm curious since you mentioned the funding came from the title - what IS the budget like? Fairly small, I'd assume? Not a bad thing, necessarily - a lot of the best horror movies have been made on a shoestring (Halloween, for instance). Finally, will you be filming in the UK?
Hi UFAlien. No it's not a found footage movie. I'm not absolutely opposed to found footage films if they bring something fresh to the format but this project definitely does not suit that style. In terms of budget, we are an independent company and production with no studio affiliations so the budget will obviously be moderate, certainly not the amount a mainstream studio film would be made for! Regarding shooting locations we'll shoot most of the film in the UK as the main setting is the interior of an Asylum. But we will also be spending a few days in Amityville,Long Island for some exterior scenes.

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:34 am

What do you plan on telling the locals you are filming? ;)

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Post by BooshaGirl » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:52 pm

Hi all--I was gone for a long time--and I apologize because I promised you answers from my friend in Amityville. I have the answers and will post them tomorrow. Things just kind of went haywire in my life (read: crackhead sister went berserk and the fallout isn't nice). Anyway, hello--I've missed everyone and I really need to catch up on all the new stuff since I've been offline.

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Post by Andrew_J » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:59 pm

sherbetbizarre wrote:What do you plan on telling the locals you are filming? ;)
"A Student documentary focusing on the Huntington settlers and their salt hay" :D

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:08 pm

You might get away with that ;)

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:56 am

Exclusive First Look at The Amityville Asylum

Director Andrew Jones just dropped us a line along with some exclusive eye candy for you cats for his new tale of terror, The Amityville Asylum, which has just wrapped and is now in post-production. Check it out!

Written, produced and directed by British filmmaker Andrew Jones, the project is a psychological horror film loosely linked to the real life 1974 Amityville murders. The cast includes Sophia Del Pizzo (Lovely Monster), Lee Bane (Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection), Eileen Daly (Razor Blade Smile), Paul Kelleher (Night of the Demon), Jared Morgan (Vengeance Day) and Sarah Louise Madison ("Doctor Who").

Robert Graham of Independent Moving Pictures and James Plumb of Mad Science Films are executive producers, and the flick is headed our way courtesy of UK production company North Bank Entertainment.

“Although this film references the real life DeFeo case, it is a brand new story set in modern day Amityville with an emphasis on psychological horror and elements of the occult," Jones tells us. "Packed with truly demented characters and creepy moments, we plan to deliver a movie that takes horror fans on a crazy ride."

The first trailer for The Amityville Asylum will be released along with distribution news in February.

Synopsis
Lisa Templeton begins a new job as a cleaner at High Hopes Hospital, a mental institution in Amityville, Long Island. Initially delighted to get the job, Lisa soon realises that all is not as it seems. Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients, she is further unnerved by apparent supernatural occurrences on the night shift. To preserve her sanity, Lisa must uncover the mysterious history of the institution and its inmates. But the truth is far more terrifying than she could ever imagine.
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