IMDB gives this 5.1 stars (out of 10); I’d give it 4. It doesn’t add anything to the original (it actually isn’t as good as the original) and, as far as I’m concerned, is only there to exist on the good will of the name. – the first stills from director Gil Kenan’s “Poltergeist” remake. "Poltergeist"- They're Here Sneak Peek a new TV spot, revealing more footage from director Gil Kenan's "Poltergeist" feature film reboot, written by Pulitzer-Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi ("Darkman"), starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Kennedi Clements: "The original film commented... "...on how we've let television get out of control, babysitting our kids," said Raimi. Thank goodness, many of us said with a touch of schadenfreude, there won’t be any more of those (although we were saddened by the coincidental deaths of cast members)! The boy, Griffin, is less annoying than the boy in the original movie, however; and as said before, the correspondence between Heather O’Rourke and Kennedi Clements is amazing. By the way, my wife and I will be going to Missouri shortly; if I don’t manage to post here for a week or two—although I will try very hard to do so—I hope you’ll forgive me! Jun 04, 1982. Amy is an aspiring novelist who may or may not be writing—as well as taking care of the three kids—while Eric looks for a new job; and Kendra, Griffin and Madison are just analogs of the Freeling kids. (By the way, in case you didn’t know, a “practical” effect is an effect done by “real” means, rather than computer graphics.). Things escalate until Carol Anne is swallowed by her closet and the Freelings have to call in the local college’s paranormal researchers, and later psychic dwarf Tangina (played to the hilt by Zelda Rubinstein) to rescue her from the Other Side. Sunday, May 24, 2015. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her. (In other words, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”), I think that, besides the lack of build-up of either the family as sympathetic characters or the events as escalating, another of the movie’s problems is the special effects. In 1982, director Tobe Hooper, whose genre fame to that point was limited to one feature film (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974) and one TV mini-series (Salem’s Lot, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, 1979), directed a movie based on a Steven Spielberg story, called Poltergeist—and neither Hooper’s career nor the modern horror-movie genre would ever be quite the same. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino. (The Frelengs are played by Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins and Heather O’Rourke.) Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The most upsetting thing for me about 2015’s Poltergeist is Rockwell’s presence. Title: Steve Fahnestalk. In the original, it comes as a revelation both to Steve Freeling and the audience—there’s at least SOME explanation of what’s going on; here, it’s casually dropped by Burke in the process of “cleaning” the house and we don’t know whether that’s the actual explanation. Capsule review (no spoilers) of Poltergeist (2015): There is absolutely no reason for this remake. Again, trading on the first movie. But the elements of humour are not well integrated and don’t really work. I’ve said it. There’s nothing abnormal about them and they have our sympathy and/or empathy right from the get-go. Okay, there are one or two funny moments in the remake: one of the paranormal researchers tells the Bowens that, thanks to his advanced video camera he captured a piano bench moving several feet over a 7-hour period. What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Cut? In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is. The soundtrack to "Poltergeist" (2015) is great! A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. On April 10, 2019, it was announced that the Russo Brothers would helm a new remake. The Bowens (Eric, Amy, Kendra, Griffin and Madison—played in order by Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett and Kennedi Clements) are moving to a new town (somewhere in Illinois, judging by the license plate) because Eric has lost his job at John Deere’s corporate headquarters in Moline. Poor Rosemarie DeWitt: while JoBeth Williams got to develop her character in the original, she has no such option. PG-13 | 1h 33min | Horror, Thriller | 22 May 2015 (USA) 1:43 | Trailer. -. (2015). May 03, 2015 They're Coming. MGM has unleashed – at long last; the film is mere months away and this is the first we’ve seen of it!? Except for hair colour, they are uncannily alike, which I suspect is deliberate. 0. A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. Griffin (Kyle Catlett) watches as Madison (Kennedi Clements) touches the TV and another hand appears on the other side. By Anthony Vieira Apr 02, 2015. Poltergeist was released on VHS, Betamax, CED, and LaserDisc in 1982. 4 comments: The Happy Whisk 6 February 2015 at 17:40. Poltergeist, however, became a modern horror classic which, due to a series of odd (and fatal) coincidences, inspired the legend of “the Poltergeist curse.” (I won’t get into the so-called “controversy” over whether Spielberg actually directed it, or talk about Hooper’s career after Poltergeist—those could be totally separate columns.). Sam Rockwells acting killed the movie from the get go, it gets really over the top and enters into whimsical near the end. I could continue comparing the two, but really—there’s no comparison. If my child disappeared, I would call the cops, the fire station, the Boy Scouts, the RCMP, and ANY other agency I could think of! Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Let me state my opinion loudly and clearly before we get into it: there can only be one good reason for a remake: to improve on the original movie. The movie was the mega hit Poltergeist. (Although both girls are about 7, Heather and Kennedi are playing Carol Anne/Madison (“Maddy”) as a five-year-old. Only the screenwriter knows. The CGI affects are great and mystifying at times, but the horrible writing and acting gave this movie no hope, which is a shame because I really was hoping the reviews were not accurate. May 20, 2015. The film, which features the likes of generic scary clown #1, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Sam ‘I … May 24, 2015 Interview - Gil Kenan. There was a lot of humour in this movie, and quite a few scares for the average movie viewer; none are of the “it was only the cat” type typefied by the orange tabby Jones in Alien. It is a remake of the original 1982 film of the same name. Things that don’t make sense (but are left in the movie): If Eric Bowen’s been out of work for a while (it’s specified in the film), how can they afford a new house? Poltergeist (1982) They're here. They’re Here. Labels: film, horror, Poltergeist, trailer. We Provide Direct Download Links For Fast And Secure Downloading. 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. The movie had a happy ending, all questions seemed to be answered and we left the theatre in a sort of cathartic glow. Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a high-rise building, where the supernatural forces haunting her make their return. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. I’d appreciate any comment on this week’s column. "They’re here." Figure 1 – Poltergeist 1982 poster. ), I could go on with things that don’t make sense, but it doesn’t make sense for me to do so; I just want to state that, while I think Sam Rockwell’s a fine actor, he’s out of place in this movie. how and/or why would he bring home a pizza, an iPhone, a remote-controlled drone with camera and a piece of jewelry for his wife? There’s a scene in the original where one of the paranormal researchers watches a steak inch its way across a kitchen counter—and then erupt with worms and maggots (all practical effects, by the way), which is one of the chills in the original movie. Comment. (Although the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was later to be seen as one of the defining films of the modern horror genre, it was—except to aficionados—pretty much seen as schlock at the time. As well, Hooper’s TV adaptation of the King book wasn’t as well received then as it’s now seen in retrospect.) Then, while Steve’s off trying to sell houses in their relatively new subdivision, Diane and Carol Anne discover there’s something odd about their house (not unheard of in California: there’s the Winchester “ghost house” in San Jose, and the so-called “Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz, where they tell us gravity is wonky. A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. Track Listing: 1. (At the end of the movie, after their car and house have been demolished, how do they have a new SUV and money for a new house? They’re here indeed. If you want to continue to explore the fascinating world of "WandaVision," we have you covered with some inspired recommendations. If two out of his three credit cards are declined at the hardware store (the clerk says “It’s over the limit”—usually, it only says “declined”—I know, it’s happened to me!) 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