Your latest horror remake is heeeere, only it’s being branded as a reboot and at this point who can even distinguish the two terms? This take on Poltergeist looks almost identical to the original. Sure the names of the family members are different, the effects are updated, and Jared Harris is standing in for Zelda Rubenstein but the narrative beats look to be the same, only flashier. I’m not against remakes or reboots or whatever you want to call them because we’ve gotten too many good movies out of them, but at the moment I’m disappointed with this one. My hope is that we’re in for some fun at the very least.
The film is directed by Gil Kenan who directed kids’ movies, City of Ember, and Monster House, and is produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures who brought us The Grudge, 30 Days of Night and 2013’s Evil Dead. That sounds like a pretty good team to deliver a film comprised of scares and family centered situations. While some people have already gotten up in arms about the PG-13 rating and Sam Rockwell’s comment that film was ‘more of a kids’ movie’ let me just remind everyone that the original Poltergeist was PG and was far more a product of producer Steven Spielberg’s sensibilities than that of director Tobe Hooper. I’m far more concerned about whether the film will give us any surprises than the rating.
Originally scheduled to be released next week on February 13th, the date moved to this summer, a major sign of faith from the studio or perhaps a gamble to achieve the same kind of box office numbers as The Conjuring. We’ll find out when Poltergeist arrives on July 24th.