Update: I’m being told that while the character’s names are those similar to the Benson murders (which was optioned by the original ‘Amityville’ filmmakers back in 1986), there is NO relation to the actual people nor events. In addition, I’ve learned this will be an Asylum production.
There are so many Amityville Horror connected movies in the works it’s actually kind of annoying. Dimension Films is developing an official sequel, The Amityville Tapes, with directors Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. Film Regions International is working on “My Amityville Horror,” Eric Walter’s documentary about the infamous “Amityville Murders” that will “set the record straight” with the help of Daniel Lutz, the eldest son of George and Kathleen Lutz. And then there’s Amityville: The Legacy 3D, based on the book “Amityville: The Evil Escapes” (also the title of the 1989 made-for-TV movie) by John G. Jones.
Bloody Disgusting got exclusive word on a FOURTH that’s currently casting for a shoot in Los Angeles beginning next week. Geoff Meed, who is listed as an actor and stuntman on IMDB, will be directing the “found footage” film that tells the tale of a “new family” that moved into the infamous Amityville house.
The title: Amityville Haunting.
Now, we’re being told that the film is based on the true crime story of the Benson family of Naples, where Steven Benson was accused of the pipe-bomb murders of his mother and brother. According to Wiki, Benson is a convicted double murderer of his mother, tobacco heiress Margaret Benson; and his brother, tennis player Scott Benson.
On July 9, 1985 Benson placed a car bomb on the family car, in which Margaret, Scott, and Steven’s sister, Carol Lynn Benson Kendall, (a former Miss Florida runner-up) were waiting for Steven to join them in the vehicle when the Suburban exploded. Kendall survived but was badly burned; Margaret and Scott died instantly from the bomb impact.
Mug shot of Benson