“They’re Here!” After being laid off from his job and looking for a new start, Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell) and his wife, Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) finally find a good home that is in their price range for them and their three children. Everything seems great in the beginning, although the children really do not like the new house. Eric and Amy find out that the house was built over land that used to be a cemetery. This really freaks them out when they find out that news. This is just creepy in the beginning, but becomes horrifying once the spirits start to attack the Bowen family. Their youngest daughter, Maddi (Kennedi Clemments) is actually kidnapped by the evil spirits and taken to a different world where only evil spirits are. This leads the family to reach out to a Paranormal Researcher, Dr. Brooke Powell (Jane Adams). Dr. Powell finds out that this is way too dangerous and out of her league to deal with and they have to bring in someone who is nationally known for his work with hauntings. They reach out to Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris), a Paranormal Investigator who has his own show and knows how he can help this family and get rid of this Poltergeist.
First off, the new remake of Poltergeist hardly compares to the greatness of the original, so let’s just get that out-of-the-way immediately. Even though that is how I feel in regards to the original, this remake is definitely not a bad movie in the least bit. The original Poltergeist is without a doubt an instant horror classic. When people try to remake classic horror movies it does not always work out, but in this case, director, Gil Kenan, gave us a new look on the original cult classic. Poltergeist is definitely a solid remake that really surprised me by how good it actually was. This movie provides you with plenty of entertainment and many jumpy scenes that will knock you out of your seat.
The casting job in Poltergeist was pretty spot on. I thought Kennedi Clemments was perfect for the role of Maddi because she looked just like Carol Anne from the original, except for the fact that Maddi has black hair and Carol Anne had blonde. I loved seeing Jared Harris in this. He was goofy in this, just like he is in every other role he is in. I’m used to seeing him report the news about Longfellow Deeds or working with Don Draper and the rest of the crew at Sterling Cooper. I also really liked how Sam Rockwell was thrown in there as the father, but the whole time I did wish Craig T. Nelson was in this. I can say that overall, the acting in this is pretty solid and everyone delivered good performances.
I really can say that I was more than impressed by the remake of Poltergeist. It is very hard to compete with original movies and this remake of Poltergeist showed us that sometimes remakes can compete with the originals. Something that was really great about this movie is that is was downright scary and all the jumps were there. This movie did not waste any time trying to build up some scares. It starts right off with the scares and you know there is something scary with the house as soon as the movie starts. Poltergeist is just a surprising and effective horror movie that gives me a lot of hope for future horror remakes. If this one can pull it off, why can’t the others? This was just a very fun, scary and completely entertaining movie that is one of the best remakes of a horror movie I have ever seen.
Overall, Poltergeist is a solid remake that not only scares you, but entertains you throughout. If you are a fan of the original, or just of horror movies in general, definitely go see this movie.
Grade= B+ (Very Good!)