The horror genre has never been too proud to remake itself. Every movie from Psycho to The Evil Dead has been remade, typically to satisfactory results. There has been one huge horror film that had alluded a modern remake. Now the day has come for a new generation to learn about Poltergeist.
The original film was released in 1982 with a screenplay co-written by Steven Spielberg. It followed a family who had to fight evil spirits who haunt and abduct their daughter. Initially the young girl was contacted through a static filled television giving the movie one of its iconic images. Poltergeist was a huge hit and is considered a classic, as well as coining the phrase, “They’re here…”
The update is being produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and directed by Gil Kenan. The screen play is written by Pulitizer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and stars the highly underrated Sam Rockwell. It seems that all the pieces are in place to make an above average remake. Raimi explained how they were approaching Poltergeist for modern times.
“The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids. It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.”
It is the perfect time for a remake of this movie. In the early 80’s, cable television was beginning to take off and there were more channels and options than ever at that point. The film spoke to the notion that extra time was being spent staring at glowing television screens. Today there is an abundance of technology, from laptops to smartphones, which will keep the film’s theme relevant for a modern audience. Check it out
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Poltergeist opens on July 24, 2015.