Poltergeist (2015)

Poltergeist (2015)

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Poltergeist (2015)

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.

2015Rating: M, Supernatural themes94 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

press

An act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Very tame, but saved from the remake scrapheap by Sam Rockwell's surprisingly touching performance and a final reel that - briefly - takes the material somewhere new.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This has more in common with slick, audience-goosing modern spookers like 'Insidious' than with Hooper & Spielberg's imaginative original.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s a scare machine, and in this respect Kenan’s is the more efficient telling...

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s a shame Kenan can’t muster his own bit of gothic shorthand for post-credit crunch America, but the film still has a fluid, 3D-orientated immediacy.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not only delivers on the promise of Hooper's Poltergeist, but significantly raises the stakes for similar PG-13 fare.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A disappointingly tame and unimaginative effort, which throws away much of what was best-loved about the original and fails to find worthy replacements.

2.0
0

This movie started out with the right stuff, a family moving into a new home, the youngest daughter having conversations with someone or something no one else can see and hand prints appearing on the other side of the TV screen. There were a few moments of terror for the audience.... BUT then it just gets silly and because of this the terror immediately...

2.0
0

It was OK.

2.0
0

I caught Poltergeist at the preview and I was thoroughly entertained by the upgrade. Clearly, there are those who question the remake. I, however, liked the story without the Spielberg/80s baggage. Sam Rockwell was great.

4.0
0

I really enjoyed the original Poltergeist but this one wasn't scary at all. Worth watching but not as good as I had expected it to be.

3.0
0

I've never seen the original 1982 Poltergeist, but this is just plain terrible. The Bowen family (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett and Kennedi Clements) move into a suburban home that turns out to be haunted by evil spirits. Why does almost every new horror movie released have to be so dumb and boring? First of all, it's not...

1.0
0

I think I find Sam Rockwell too reassuring an actor for the creeping terror to properly build. Having not seen the 1982 version meant the differences were unknown so quite enjoyed it.

3.0
0

There were a couple of startling moments but nothing terrifying. The original was scary. Overall, still a fun movie to watch. Sam Rockwell's performance was entertaining.

3.0
0

This is a movie. Theres nothing particularly special or outstanding about it but at the same time there's nothing very terrible about it either. For the first 40 minutes its genuinely creepy but is let down in the back half of the film by a reliance on speculate instead of dread and some bad CGI. Cant compare it to the original because i haven't seen it...

2.0
0

The original ‘Poltergeist’, from an idea and script by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper (of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and not the disappointing Michael Bay produced remakes), was one of my favourite childhood scares, alongside Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’, Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead 2’ and John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.’ Good, fun, brilliantly made...

3.0
0

Not awful but not altogether necessary. Genuinely frightening in parts but only in an obvious way - it lacked the creeping, insidious terror of the original. Rockwell and DeWitt handle a schlocky script well.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Very tame, but saved from the remake scrapheap by Sam Rockwell's surprisingly touching performance and a final reel that - briefly - takes the material somewhere new.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This has more in common with slick, audience-goosing modern spookers like 'Insidious' than with Hooper & Spielberg's imaginative original.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s a scare machine, and in this respect Kenan’s is the more efficient telling...

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s a shame Kenan can’t muster his own bit of gothic shorthand for post-credit crunch America, but the film still has a fluid, 3D-orientated immediacy.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not only delivers on the promise of Hooper's Poltergeist, but significantly raises the stakes for similar PG-13 fare.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A disappointingly tame and unimaginative effort, which throws away much of what was best-loved about the original and fails to find worthy replacements.

2.0
0

This movie started out with the right stuff, a family moving into a new home, the youngest daughter having conversations with someone or something no one else can see and hand prints appearing on the other side of the TV screen. There were a few moments of terror for the audience.... BUT then it just gets silly and because of this the terror immediately...

2.0
0

It was OK.

2.0
0

I caught Poltergeist at the preview and I was thoroughly entertained by the upgrade. Clearly, there are those who question the remake. I, however, liked the story without the Spielberg/80s baggage. Sam Rockwell was great.

4.0
0

I really enjoyed the original Poltergeist but this one wasn't scary at all. Worth watching but not as good as I had expected it to be.

3.0
0

I've never seen the original 1982 Poltergeist, but this is just plain terrible. The Bowen family (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett and Kennedi Clements) move into a suburban home that turns out to be haunted by evil spirits. Why does almost every new horror movie released have to be so dumb and boring? First of all, it's not...

1.0
0

I think I find Sam Rockwell too reassuring an actor for the creeping terror to properly build. Having not seen the 1982 version meant the differences were unknown so quite enjoyed it.

3.0
0

There were a couple of startling moments but nothing terrifying. The original was scary. Overall, still a fun movie to watch. Sam Rockwell's performance was entertaining.

3.0
0

This is a movie. Theres nothing particularly special or outstanding about it but at the same time there's nothing very terrible about it either. For the first 40 minutes its genuinely creepy but is let down in the back half of the film by a reliance on speculate instead of dread and some bad CGI. Cant compare it to the original because i haven't seen...

2.0
0

The original ‘Poltergeist’, from an idea and script by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper (of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and not the disappointing Michael Bay produced remakes), was one of my favourite childhood scares, alongside Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’, Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead 2’ and John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.’ Good, fun, brilliantly made...

3.0
0

Not awful but not altogether necessary. Genuinely frightening in parts but only in an obvious way - it lacked the creeping, insidious terror of the original. Rockwell and DeWitt handle a schlocky script well.

3.0
0