As the impeding threat of the latest horror remake, Poltergeist, draws ever near, the marketing continues to batten down the hatches to confirm that it will have all your favorite bits from the original. If you’ve never seen the 1982 horror film, I guess this film is shrouded in interesting mystery and full of some frights, but for true fans, this latest trailer is pretty much a slap in the face.
I’d like to understand the necessity of this Poltergeist remake other than the fact that they needed to update the television set for this generation. They might as well make a modern version of You’ve Got Mail because AOL is extinct and people use Tinder now. Sam Rockwell is amazing in most any role he touches, but I’m dumbfounded on the idea that someone saw this necessary to remake.
Most of this footage is rehashed from the first trailer, only this time voiced over by the typecasted Jared Haris, who lays down the foundation of plot for the uninitiated. While he delivers a most bland explanation of what’s happening to the Bowen family, scenes mirroring the original flash by to ensure that this Poltergeist reboot is as superfluous as someone texting in a movie theater. There’s no place for it and it makes me rather upset.
The practical effects of the original are more wonderful to behold when viewing the original Poltergeist. From the scene in the bathroom to the tree to the closet door to the house of cards, it’s all better to see that practically done than with over the top CGI. Please Hollywood, just stop.
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Here’s the, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, for those who have never seen the original Poltergeist before:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Directed by Gil Kenan, Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon, Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, and Nicholas Braun. This film hits theaters on July 24, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox