If POLTERGEIST (2015) had not used the title and declared itself a
remake of POLTERGEIST (1982), I doubt that the people connected with
the 1982 original could have successfully sued the people of the 2015
movie for plagiarism. Yes, it's the same basic story - but with so many
new twists and innovations that it is also a new movie.
It's a haunted house - but not a new house. There was a previous occupant (but this aspect is not further explored, unfortunately). There's a family moving in, named Bowen, not Freeling, with a little girl, named Madison, not Carolanne. The parents do not smoke marijuana. The haunting attracts the attention of a TV exorcist, not a magical munchkin. And this new narrative includes such modern contrivances as smart phones, cellphones, laptops, and flat screens. Just so you know.
The Bowen family, dad (Sam Rockwell), mom (Rosemarie DeWitt, of Rachel Getting Married, and United States of Tara), and teen daughter Kendra ( Saxon Sharbino, of Touch, and I Spit On Your Grave), nervous young son Griffin (Kyle Catlett, of whom we can expect much), and little girl Maddy (Kennedi Clements) move into a housing development not far from Molene, Illinois. The move was begun when dad was hired by John Deere tractors but somehow he was laid off before he even arrived, so they arrive unemployed. The house, however, is very nice, the previous occupant made sure it was wired up for cable and internet.
Near the house are high tension power lines and some anomalies hinting at static electricity are blamed on that. Then we are told that the housing development is on the site of a cemetery - and not so old that all the graves were long forgotten and neglected, no sir, families still visit the graves at their new location. Except, of course, ....
Before long, there's serious Trouble, and a professor of the supernatural (Jane Adams) is called in to help with a small crew of high-tech assistants, and soon enough a cranky TV cleanser of cursed houses (Carrigan Burke, of Mad Men) shows up to lend his expertise.
Now I would like to point out the obvious defect in both the 1982 original and this remake. Leaving the coffins in the ground and moving only the headstones is a scam so transparent that it's a wonder someone wasn't arrested the first day. Moreover these houses have basements - considerably deeper than a grave (and the 1982 movie included an outdoor swimming pool). And, finally, if building over a cemetery caused any sort of haunting, then Paris would be one big chamber of horrors.
This 2015 version has new twists, surprises, and special effects. This makes the original seem a tad pale (although I miss the musical theme of the 1982 version).
Action / Horror / Thriller
Action / Horror / Thriller
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. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
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