Richard Fleischer, John Baxter, William Wales discussed on Around the World in 80s Movies

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Roberts. Tess harper candy. Clark robert joy and some pretty early work here from lori. Loughlin and mate ryan john harkins and neil berry round out the main cast richard fleischer is the director screenplay credited to william wales which happens to be sued him for david ambrose and the success of nineteen seventy-nine the amityville horror american international pictures. They were soon acquired by film ways. They bought the rights to hans. Holzer's book called murder in amityville which was published in nineteen seventy-nine. They wanted this to be a potential cinematic for up to the amityville horror and holds book relates the real life murders that occurred in nineteen. Seventy four involed. Ronald butch defeo he and murdered his parents and his four siblings in their respective beds within the family home and his defense claim was that he was under demonic influence. That caused him to do these. Things as the book relates events. That were a matter of public record prior to the. Let's family experienced that. We came to know in the amityville horror film ways. They determined that. Need not worry about securing any kind of deal with the losses or anyone else in one thousand nine hundred one film producer dino dila renta's he also made it deal with film ways he wanted to do a sequel story. That would contain completely fictional characters who move into the amityville home. Dino commission british novelist and playwright. David ambrose descript this new story then entitled death in amityville dino's tentative choice for the director was the legend of hell house. Director john huff. He was going to take charge. Then he changed his mind to hungarian-born canadian director. George calendar with production start date at least at the time slot for september of nineteen eighty one but production paused the started working with film ways to produce their prequel concept that they were having a hard time getting off the ground. He was gonna do that one. I and that resulted in the one thousand nine hundred eighty two released. I talked about on the previous episode. Amityville to the possession after amityville. Two's release death in. Amityville was quickly announced as the third amityville film with a new release date of august. Nineteen eighty-three but it wasn't going to be called death in amityville because with the new wave of three d genre films filling the theaters in the prior two years dino wanted to ride this wave into his own three d movie and this would allow him to cleverly sidestep this sequel legalities of title while still keeping it a presumptive. Follow up in the mind of the public by calling it amityville. Three d amityville. Three d was fast tracked. Dna was hoping the ride the coattails not only of the three d. craze at the time but also of poltergeist that came out in nineteen eighty. Two this was a film. Dino really wanted to capitalize on. He thought that he had a similar property so he ordered revisions sill plate. You ristic of the pull. The guy's property. David ambrose the screenwriter death amityville. He opted to use a pseudonym for the subsequent script. Revisions william wales. Maybe it was commemorating the birth in one thousand nine hundred eighty two of william the son of the prince and princess of wales charles and diana the poltergeist elements that were introduced into death in amityville. Those included a psychic research. Team was a daughter that was going to need rescuing those nasty looking demon on the other side of this portal to contend with as a peachy rating. Very much like poltergeist. Even though the previous amityville films were r. rated entries this film would mentioned the defeo murders by name although many people who are watching. This don't know that this was not going to be sequel. Presuming his two sequel. We learned in amityville to that. The name of the family that was slaughtered by the eldest boy with a shotgun that was the mentalities in the film. It was changed from the details. The let's family. They're not even referred to at all in this fill except a blanket statement about crazy things that happened to the houses. Prior residents for legal reasons though the film does have the disclaimer. This picture is not a sequel on it script. Changes did delay the beginning of filming for several weeks. Release date eventually moved up from august of nineteen eighty three to four teeth. They were hoping to capitalize at that time on the horror movie interest. Naturally that comes about prior to halloween in the completed script for amityville. Three john baxter. He's recently divorced journalist. Who's working for this. Investigative magazine called. Reveal if you read the novelization or if you read any of the scripts that magazine is called witness but for some reason. Change to reveal for the movie. John baxter's lead. This assignment is to expose this sands scam. That's operating within that infamous abandoned amityville home on long island. New york afterward baxter finds at the house is immensely affordable. It has assorted history of terrible things happening to those who've been inside so we can get it for a song and baxter apparently need to find a new place because he just divorced his wife. This one has fourteen rooms covering three floors pay. Perfect for any newly divorced bachelor to take residence in he into the house. He certain all of these higher calamities where is they were delusions or just straight up hoaxes. The bottomless pit in the basement. Others claim that's a portal to hell. Well that's just an abandoned. Well it has plenty of space for himself as well as his teenage daughter when she comes to visit as well as solitude for writing the great american novel that he's been talking about doing for years others around him soon began to experience strange events and the employer john to leave but he won't. He's convinced the house's reputation is causing mass hysteria among all of his associates unfortunately with his daughter staying with him on occasion john is going to soon discover. That being wrong might just be dead wrong more to the story than that. Not a lot more but you get the drift of what this film is going to be about. I'm sure now. Dino de larent- is selected. Richard fleischer to direct amityville. Three d fleischer had worked with before for barabbas and nineteen sixty one. Mending go and nineteen seventy-five amityville three d. This would be the first of four consecutive films that fleischer directed for dino de la renta's conan the destroyer red sonja and million dollar mystery followed this. Those four that he did for dido they would be the final four films that he did in his career. Fleischer came in with experience. Directing three films already helmed. A movie called arena. They came out. In one thousand nine hundred eighty three back then to three d technology was a little different arena required to cameras to film it re also required to projectors to display in the theaters whereas the air flex technology of amityville. Three d only required one camera to film and one projector to show it. Fleischer harkened back to those days of nineteen fifties chillers. He was going to try here or more classical approach to his haunted house flick in its look and it sounded. It's feel really counter programming to the slasher movie vibe that dominated so much horror in the early nineteen eighties as dino wanted this to go very quickly from production screen. Many of the main actors were signed on without having to do any auditions at all woody allen film regular tony roberts. He got the lead role of john. B-actor some viewers today. You know if you're watching this humane roberts. Uncannily resembles the offspring of w bush..

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