Filmgoers can knock all they want, but they'll have to wait an undetermined length of time before theaters answer the door and let them into two upcoming haunted house movies from The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. Amityville: The Awakening and James Wan's Demonic, both initially scheduled to be released this winter, have now been delayed.

According to Box Office Mojo, Weinstein/Dimension have delayed the debuts of Amityville: The Awakening (originally slated for a January 2nd, 2015 release) and James Wan's Demonic (initially scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th, 2014). No new release dates have been penciled in on the calendar, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

The latest installment in the horror movie franchise that began in 1979, Amityville: The Awakening follows a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her three children as they move into the dreaded 112 Ocean Avenue home in New York, unaware of its bloody, possessive history. One of the kids, a teenager played by Cameron Monaghan, is bed-ridden in a coma-like state, but his new home is looking to wake him up for its own malevolent agenda.

Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (2012’s Maniac), Amityville: The Awakening stars Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Mckenna Grace, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Produced by James Wan, Demonic was directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood) and filmed in Baton Rouge. The script was written by Max La Bella and is based on an original idea from James Wan:

“The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre: five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home. Fresh on the scene, detective Mark Lewis and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying, and the suspect claims the responsibility doesn’t lie with any of the inhabitants, but with the house itself.”

Demonic stars Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Scott Mechlowicz, Aaron Yoo, Megan Park, and Dustin Milligan.

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