From the producers of The Grudge and Evil Dead comes a terrifying new vision. Indeed.
|"Yo man!!! You seen|
my clown car?!!!"
Hesitation and some amount of trepidation set in with the idea of this remake. Unfortunately, every fear comes true with this Poltergeist do over. What starts out as a shining tribute turns into a lackluster, groan inducing, sad sack of a film that is poorly directed and way too heavy handed in its modern updates of the classic story. Where mystery, shadows, and practical effects made the tale of Carol Anne so horrifying, overused CGI and a poor, almost non-existent family dynamic ruins this dire attempt at capturing a new audience for this story. Poltergeist (2015) starts out relatively strong but ends on a whimper with one of the worst third acts in the history of cinema.
With the original Poltergeist there was a natural bond between each of the Freeling family members that was reliant on humor and a natural dynamic. However, the real story revolved around a strong connection between mom and daughter. Heather O'Rourke and JoBeth Williams were a believable on screen duo with an emotional bond that felt real and non-forced. With the new version there is none of that. The family feels disconnected, vacant of any realistic emotion, and the mother/daughter part of the story never hits the same high notes. Plus, the defining matriarchal presence of Williams mixed with the dopey Craig T. Nelson just can't be matched
|"Damn you closet!!!|
Give me back my integrity!!!"
Poltergeist (2015) begins with some stunning throwbacks to the original movie. From lighting to Spielberg-esque lens flare to cinematography ripped right from 1982, this feels eerily the same. The story sticks to the same key elements while technological advances offer some new twists to the story. Yet, the techy updates are much too forced and destroy the mystery of what lies on the other side. Unlike the first bout with the closeted spirits, the remake approaches a known franchise with the idea of trying to reinvigorate with more modern ideals. Sadly, it just doesn't work.
Sometimes its just best to leave the classics alone.