Hi, my name’s Laura and I actually thought the Poltergeist remake was pretty ok. There. I’ve said it! It really does feel like a confession because there’s so much hate for this film. And I get it. The original 1982 film, written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, is a horror classic. And I love it.
There’s no denying that remaking such a film is a risky move. A lot of people are going to hate it just because it’s a remake. And that’s fine. Some people don’t like remakes. Sometimes (a lot of times) I don’t like remakes. But, if you’re going to watch them, you have to keep an open mind.
While this latest version can’t help but be inferior to the original (as it was always bound to be), it’s not a complete dead loss. They kept a lot of the original story but switched up enough of the action to make it feel likes it’s (almost) its own film. Some of the ‘haunting’ sequences are different this time, and some of this worked really well. Some of the changes – the use of modern technology, for example – are a little contrived, but hey, this is remake territory, people.
As for the cast, the child actors do a good enough job, although it’s true Heather O’Rourke left some very big (small) shoes to fill. My favourites though, were paranormal investigator Dr. Powell and TV presenter Carrigan Burke (played by Jane Adams and Jared Harris respectively). They had good chemistry and offered some welcome light relief.
Unfortunately, Sam Rockwell (who I really like), doesn’t really seem all that interested. In fact both the parents (Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) lack the intensity we saw from ma and pa Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams) in the original.
Overall, Poltergeist is an ok film to spend 93 minutes with, although it kind of makes me just want to watch the original.
Score: a serviceable 6/10