Poltergeist

2015

Action / Horror / Thriller

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Sam Rockwell as Eric Bowen
Jared Harris as Carrigan Burke
Rosemarie DeWitt as Amy Bowen
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1hr 33 min
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Reviewed by Horrorliefhebber 7 / 10

Poltergeist -2015-

-Poltergeist is a 2015 American supernatural adventure horror film directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi. A reboot of the 1982 film of the same name, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams. It was released on May 22, 2015, by 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film grossed over $95 million worldwide.

--Critical reception:

-On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 31%, based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's consensus reads: "Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". -Writing for Variety, Andrew Barker called it "generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary" and concluded: "Even when one is inclined to admire the cleverness with which the remake revisits and reincorporates Poltergeist 's themes, it's hard to pinpoint a single moment where it improves on them, and the aura of inessentiality hangs thick over the proceedings". Neil Genzlinger gave the film a positive review in The New York Times, writing: "The new Poltergeist might well be the scariest movie 13-or-unders have yet seen, just as the original was for their parents back in 1982. Those parents might find it an enjoyable trip down memory lane, even if they do now recognize it as largely a well-served collection of horror-movie tropes". Tirdad Derakhshani wrote in The Philadelphia Inquirer: "It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled", adding: "Why would anyone want to remake Poltergeist in the first place?". Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mike McCahill called the film "an efficient scare-machine". Bilge Ebiri wrote in New York magazine: "This new Poltergeist isn't anything special... But it's not a travesty, and that feels like cause for brief celebration".

-In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave Poltergeist an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

Reviewed by neumar 7 / 10

Not as good as the original, and also not a good poltergeist movie

The first time I heard that a new Poltergeist movie was being made, I started to wonder how could someone try to remake such a wonderful classic, how could someone think they could make something better than that? When I read (here) that Sam Raimi was the producer, I was still skeptical, but created some hopes about this movie. Unfortunately, watching it, those hopes were shattered.

The original movie is about 3 main things: Family, the poltergeist phenomena, and horror. This new version has almost none of that! In the original you have a family in perfect harmony, all loving each other, they have a prosper life, and all is well for years until the events start to happen. When they do, the entire family is involved, and all of them helps to find answers and rescue the missing family member, through the horror that is happening. Their love for each other is what protects them, and is their main weapon against the poltergeist. Important scenes, like Diana showing Steve the chair moving in the kitchen, or their kiss before she goes to "the other side", are all missing in this one. You have very little warning to what is to come, unlike the original one, and the mother and the father didn't saw anything unusual before their girl disappeared. I wonder how they found out that she went inside the closet, since nothing had happened there, except that they found her little "pigcorn" there. If I was the father, I would be terrified that my youngest was missing, and would call the police immediately, because the only "weird" thing I saw would be the voice on the TV, that could easily be my imagination (the only new TV the world that does no show "no signal" in a black screen, it still shows static like the 80's TVs). But not they, they almost didn't care that she was missing. Actually, in a scene, the father says that they have too many kids, and the mother says they should have stopped at 2. After a weird dialogue about not calling the police, they call paranormal researchers, and the movie gets a little better. Still, no good explanation about what a poltergeist is, about what is happening, and how to rescue the girl. And still, no horror, no family love.

Besides that, I believe that the creators of this movie wanted to put some of the important scenes of the original one in it, but changing them so it don't look like a totally rip-off. They did that, but not catching the essence of those scenes. Examples: you have the clown, actually lots of weird clowns, but only for a few seconds in total, and it was very lame. The girl is not sucked into the closet trying to avoid it with all her strength, instead she walks into it willingly. The place was a cemetery, but only a secret to the family, everybody else knows it and is happy living there. Happy family having a breakfast together doesn't exist here, they prefer to fight over an iphone. Also, no spirits passing trough the living room. Moving objects by itself are very rare, only the clowns, a baseball, some comic books and a chair, nothing of that all-alive kids bedroom.

So, to conclude, in the end we have a movie that does not explain the poltergeist phenomena, the family is totally dysfunctional (the only one who seems to care is the boy for his younger sister), and no horror at all, I was more scared watching Mama (2013) then this one. This movie looks more like a kids adventure (not my words), then a horror or paranormal movie. It is not a bad movie, the actors are OK (could have been better), there are some good scenes (like the drone going to the other side), and people who got scared watching those Paranormal Activity movies will be terrified watching this. My vote for it is a not solid 7, I was gonna give it a 6, but the closet scene with the power drill gave the extra point to it. So, if you want to watch a good movie about the poltergeist subject, go watch the original. If you need to kill time in a lazy afternoon, watch this one. If you want to get scared, the original one is the only movie that still does that for me.

Reviewed by kwhitehead-34671 7 / 10

Enjoyable - fun, far out and of its own merit

Really enjoyable movie that brings on the action. You cant go in expecting to compare to the original because its a different day and time. Perhaps some of the haunting creepiness of the original has long since passed (but how can they compare - i remember seeing the original as a child and being scared silly by a couple of key scenes!!) This version has more emphasis on the characters, family and winning the battle so to speak.

Importantly i liked the family, its well cast and well produced/directed with not too much nonsense filler which is the biggest turn off in many movies these days.

Fun overall :)

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