33 years after the cinema release of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, which drew two sequels and was nominated for three Oscars, director Gil Kenan brings the remake of the horror classic into the movie theaters. Each of us has surely heard of the curse to this movie, the mystery that revolves around some deaths of cast members, and more serious of Spielberg’s influence as a producer on the film. In short, some stories of the past certainly were not harmful to its success. So now we got the new edition after all the paranormal activity and ghost movies of recent years. But can this one keep up?
POLTERGEIST stars Sam Rockwell (“Moon”), Rosemarie DeWitt (“Rachel Getting Married”), Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Jane Adams (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).
The Plot in short: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
It’s the year 2015, several successful parts of Paranormal Activity are behind us, this year will see Insidious 3 and many other films that had uncanny phenomena, ghosts and the shadow world on the subject have come and gone in recent years. With that it was probably really just a matter of time before this ghost classic was simply reissued for today’s audiences. More than 30 years have passed and what once worked, works still quite good, if you take cut backs.
We don’t need to emphasize that connoisseurs of Poltergeist will compare the remake in many ways to the original. Yes, they do exist, the significant parallels – apart from the story – be it the ugly clown, the tree or the TV as an intermediary for the dead world. Nevertheless Gil Kenan succeeds to prepare the story of the eerie building exciting enough for the modern age.
No, Poltergeist can not turn head as back then, we have experienced too much similiar movies or topics in the cinema of the past years, the theme is almost too used. Why is nevertheless fun to watch the remake, partly due to the convincing cast and also through some changes made in the story. We’re not going to take this opportunity on more details, but Griffin’s son is given more importance and also the choice of Jared Harris as TV supremo and medium (previously Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons) does light up the Ghosthouse.
It may seem strange at first, when the Home of the Bowens is equipped with all kinds of technical bells and whistles and not at least even a drone to put the evil doings to an end. For old school purist this might cause some eye cancer, But let’s be honest here, wouldn’t we all use today’s technology in such a situation to save our loved ones – and possibly even to be able to take a look into the world of the dead ?! To this end, we can live with many decisions taken in Poltergeist, even if the iconic charm of the first one can not be achieved.
A positive side is also that the behavior of the family seems a little more realistic, and not only in one scene. Where, for example, Mrs. Freeling once was much to cool , here the Bowens are clearly more confused and alarmed- what frankly said makes sense. In this regard, even the final scene is even refreshingly normal.
Verdict: You get what you expect, the familiar story transported to modern times which is still tense and horrifying enough to make you wank in your seat.
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