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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

And still more ‘Amityville Horror’

It’s a slow news day in the movie world, which is apparently why everyone’s busy making McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed tumblrs (ha!) and talking about whether or not David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have finally, much-belatedly gotten together (ooh!). But here’s something — not a lot, but something. Remember “The Amityville Horror,” the 1970s haunted-house book (serialized in my local paper, thank you very much) that terrorized a lot of young teenagers back in the day, and has now been made into way too many movies, the last one featuring Ryan Reynolds fighting ghosts shirtlessly because everyone knows evil spirits are afraid of good abs? Maybe a hoax, maybe not (depends on which website you read), but now the Hollywood Reporter writes that yet another movie is on the way, based on the real-life, honest-to-God, they-swear-it’s-real memories of two New York television reporters who investigated the story back in 1976. Supposedly found footage is involved. Never mind that another “Amityville” movie that sounds suspiciously similar — also involving a young TV reporter and found tapes — was announced last year and “remains in development.”
Meanwhile, anybody planning to watch the new season of “American Horror Story,” with Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Zachary Quinto in a 1960s asylum for the criminally insane? No ghosts, supposedly; but it still sounds scary as hell.

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