Poltergeist (2015)


Poltergeist is a poor and unnecessary remake, eager to jump on an established brand of the cult classic from 1982. This bloodless horror lacks creativity and originality and overkills it with CGI.

A family whose new suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the spectral creatures snatch her.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… Was anyone actually asking for a Poltergeist remake? For the Director, Gil Kenan, it’s an unfortunate tumble into the Hollywood system of regurgitating classic films, and spitting back up something foul. At no point do you feel the people behind this film are there for artistic passion or creative drive. Kenan’s previous animated children’s horror, Monster House, has more heart and spooks then the latter.

It is a bold move to take on one of the pioneering horror gems, and the always ill-fated remake falls flat. Nothing feels fresh or new, the only exception is that they’ve adapted the story to embrace the use of technology for todays tech savvy generation. The original details are kept, but no new mythology is established. The unimaginative excessive use of CGI also detracts from forming any real build up of fear for the story or characters. Everything feels just a little too tame, the characters are far too passive once realising the youngest has been taken, their blasé attitudes create a lifeless and rushed ending.

Even, the magnetic appeal of Sam Rockwell can’t save this script.

Poltergeist is a dull unwarranted remake. The best thing that can come out of this movie is directing a new generation to the original cult classic.

2.0 / 10

“This house is cleaned!”

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