Saturday, 24 October 2015

My Thoughts On the Poltergeist Remake

Despite my love for all things horror, I had never watched the Poltergeist films until I was in my mid twenties. I don't have any explanation for the for the delay as the movies played countless times on TBS and TNT during the 1990s. After watching a segment on some entertainment show about the curse of the Poltergeist movies, I only then became interested in watching them. Luckily, at the time it was near Halloween, so I was able to purchase all the films at my local Walmart.

To make a long story short, I quickly fell in love with the franchise, yes, even the third and final installment. I'm not a fan of remakes or so-called reboots, so I wasn't thrilled when I heard that the original film was being remade. I had no attention of ever watching the film, but I got bored a few nights ago and watched a free screener of the remake.

Instead of featuring the Freeling family, the remake centers on Eric and Amy Bowen and their children, Kendra, Griffin and Madison, moving into a new home, despite the fact that Eric has lost his job. It doesn't take long for Griffin to figure out that the house is haunted as he hears noises in the wall, electronic devices goes crazy and his little sister Madison is talking to someone or something that can't be seen.

Of course nobody believes Griffin that is until the night Eric and Amy go out to dinner and Kendra is in charge of babysitting. Both Kendra and Griffin are attacked by a paranormal force, and Madison disappears into thin air.

Instead of calling the police, the family contacts the Paranormal Research department for help in finding Madison, who tries to contact them through the television. It turns out that the poltergeist are too strong for the research team, so they get aid from occult specialist Carrigan Burke.

After reading a handful of bad reviews from both critics and fans of the original trilogy, my expectations were low for the remake. However, after watching the film, I actually liked it. Don't get me wrong, it's not even comparable to the original, but it wasn't as bad as people said it was. Yes, it's predictable and follows the basic plot of the first film, but there are a few decent scares that are entertaining. Overall, Poltergeist is an unneeded, but underrated remake.

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