Movie Review: Poltergeist – Why Mess Up With The Original

poltergeist-01Poltergeist directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi is a remake of producer Steven Spielberg’s and director Tobe Hooper’s 1982 film of the same name.

All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks.

It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl’s freedom.

The story remains exactly the same, where in a family is tormented by ghosts in the house and their daughter becomes some sort of a bridge between the real world and the ghost world.

The film stars Sam Rockwell as Eric Bowen, Rosemarie DeWitt as Amy Bowen, Jared Harris as Carrigan Burke, Jane Adams as Doctor Brooke Powell, Saxon Sharbino as Kendra Bowen, Kyle Catlett as Griffin Bowen, Kennedi Clements as Madison Bowen, Nicholas Braun as Boyd, Susan Heyward as Sophie and Soma Bhatia as Lauren.

Most of the scary parts fall flat and to add to it the film is in 3D, thus making it unbearable to watch it till the end.

The latest version of Poltergeist, has no trace of either Steven Spielberg’s sparkle or Tobe Hooper’s style of handling the subject.

The iconic moments from the source are faithfully rendered and yet altered just enough to blanch all the joy out of them.

Poltergeist, if it wasn’t the best attempt at a remake, it was definitely not the worst that one has seen. It was a challenging task to take on and remake a film like this, something I feel should not have been attempted.

However, all in all, the makers have tried very hard to bring back the old horror, but as they say old is gold.

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Movie Review: Poltergeist – Why Mess Up With The Original admin Poltergeist directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi is a remake of producer Steven Spielberg's and director Tobe Hooper's 1982 film of the same name.

Poltergeist directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi is a remake of producer Steven Spielberg's and director T...

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