So what’s the deal with the Poltergeist remake?
The Poltergeist remake has finally broken its silence with the announcement of a rating as the MPAA has slapped this one with a predictable PG-13. Poltergeist isn’t exactly the kind of movie that requires much more than that, though, especially considering the original film was somehow only PG. Although this isn’t exactly big news or really all that surprising, it gives us a reason to talk about the remake, so here’s a refresher.
The Sam Raimi produced remake will be a contemporary take on the Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg classic as it centers on a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil. While I still think that a Poltergeist remake is completely unnecessary, especially because the original film is nearly perfect, I’m starting to come around to it.
And a lot of that has to do with the cast that sees Sam Rockwell, Rosemary Dewitt and Jared Harris take the leading roles. That’s gotta count for something, right? My only real concern, however, is director Gil Kenan, who’s last feature film was back in 2008 with City of Ember, a movie that literally no one saw. Not that Kenan isn’t a capable director because I’m sure he is, he just doesn’t have enough films under his belt to truly get a sense of what kind of movie this is going to be, and that kind of scares me.
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, and it’s a little concerning that we’re hearing so little about such a substantial remake. Is that good or bad? Got me…
Poltergeist is slated for a July 24, 2015 release.