2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year, possibly EVER, for theatrical releases, chock full of big budget sequels and remakes. When it comes to the Hollywood film industry, little is sacred, so it should surprise no one whenever the latest victim of the “modern day reboot” is announced. Next up? – Poltergeist.
Originally released in 1982, written and produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper, and starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and Heather O’Rourke, Poltergeist is the story of a family that inadvertently moves into a haunted house and has to find a way to rescue their youngest daughter who is kidnapped by the wicked spirits dwelling within. It’s an amazing and truly frightening movie which, interestingly enough, probably deserved to be “R-rated” at the time due to its content and subject matter. However, since “PG-13” wasn’t even invented till 2 years later, Poltergeist got the “PG”.
Fast-forward to 2015, and we’ve got an updated version, set to appeal to a new generation. *insert eye roll* … Who needs it?! The original was a masterpiece, even going so far as to rank among the highly acclaimed EWLYD’s Top 10 Horror Movies of All-time! What could this rehash POSSIBLY offer that’s worth the $15 price of admittance??
Although, to be fair, not ALL remakes are shit. 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake by Zack Snyder was actually very good. Poltergeist 2015 comes with some strong names attached: Sam Raimi as Producer, and starring Sam Rockwell … Plus, from the trailer, 2015 appears to follow (shot for shot in some cases) very close to 1982 in most regards … Although Zelda Rubinstein’s iconic character Tangina seems to have been replaced with some psychic Irish dude (not cool, yo) … They should have at least gone with safe money and cast Morgan Freeman for the role ... Just saying! ...
As Poltergeist 1982 is one of my fave films ever, I’m automatically biased against it, but, nonetheless, I’m willing to give the remake a chance. What do you think? Worth checking out?
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