First Trailer for POLTERGEIST Remake

I watched the original Poltergeist a few years back on Halloween as it is the one time a year I try to go back and catch up on any horror classics I might not yet have seen. I enjoyed the film and found reading about it afterwards all the more fascinating given the content of the movie and the circumstances surrounding many of the cast members deaths. Sure, it can be chalked up to coincidence, but it is strange nonetheless ultimately giving the actual product a vibe no one necessarily wants to touch. Thirty-three years later though we have a remake that intends to further the commentary on screens taking over our lives by discussing how things have only become worse since the original was released. What is reassuring about this new film though, despite horror fans and lovers of the original no doubt crying foul before ever giving it a chance, are the credentials it has going for it. Director Gil Kenan has only made two features prior to this but they are two solid, underappreciated features. The first being 2006's wonderful Monster House for which I distinctly remember my theater-going experience. I didn't expect much, but was pleased to allow the wit and creativity to wash over me. The same could be said for his second feature, 2008's City of Ember though I haven't revisited that film as often as Kenan's first feature. To top it off Kenan has enlisted a cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris as well as newcomer Kennedi Clements. This first trailer certainly hints at some pretty insane stuff and, if nothing else, looks like a fun PG-13 horror flick in the vein of The Ring. Even if I'm not necessarily excited about the thought of continuing to rehash old material, I'm at least happy to see another film from this promising director. Poltergeist opens in 3D on July 24th.


Synopsis: 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.