They know what scares you.
The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi presents a modern take on the 1982 suburban frightfest Poltergeist, with Gil Kenan (Monster House) directing. Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star as the Bowens, a couple whose youngest daughter is abducted by terrifying apparitions.
BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
A remake of the Steven Spielberg-produced domestic horror classic from 1982 could quite reasonably have suffered from a case of the 'John Carters'. Which is to say, it's based on source material that has been so influential, any new adaptation would undoubtedly be cursed by a sense of over familiarity.... More
And when you look at how determined director Gil Kenan has been to evoke a Spielbergian tone in his prior films Monster House and City of Ember, a slavish devotion to the original Poltergeist could certainly have been expected.
But thankfully, by zeroing in the the parts of the original that none of the imitators have been able to successfully replicate, Kenan and his collaborators (which includes producer Sam Raimi) have created a big screen horror experience with a lot of fresh appeal.
The thrills and chills are fine and spectacular, but it's the casually authentic family dynamic that really sells the dread here. The convincingly laconic leads Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell help enormously in this regard.
Plus Kenan keeps the bland domestic setting contained to claustrophobic effect, which helps it seem creepy in a way that houses only seemed when you were a kid.
Although the predominantly terrible nature of every other '80s horror remake is probably enhancing my perception of this one, it nevertheless stands as a hearty reminder of how much more effective a film like this can be when you actually care about the characters.Hide
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BY JackWallace superstar
Why does almost every new horror movie released have to be so dumb and boring? First of all, it's not scary, not even remotely. If you find loud noises and squirrels jumping out of closets terrifying, I couldn't recommend the Poltergeist remake... More to you more. Kyle Catlett and Kennedi Clements play the two youngest Bowen siblings, Griffin and Madison, and their acting was so bloody awful, I almost threw up.
It's like the child actors' roles were written for adults. Whenever Catlett tries to say lines like "I just want my sister back" or "We don't want a reality TV show" in a serious voice, it comes across as laughably bad and cringey. Sam Rockwell is an incredibly talented actor. He's the best thing about this garbage and deserves to star in a much better film. Avoid.Hide
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