A few weeks ago Poltergeist star Sam Rockwell spilled some concerning details on Gil Kenan’s contemporary take on the Tobe Hooper classic, saying that it’s more of an adventure movie for kids. While I’m still scratching my head over that, perhaps the thing I was worried about most was the fact that they’ve been keeping this film in the dark despite its summer release; that’s usually a bad sign. But here we are today with a bunch of great looking stills, one of which features yet another clown—one of the scariest elements of the original—that will surely leave an impression.
Although we’re only looking at images here, what we see is no doubt promising. I’m not getting much of a “kids’ movie” vibe either, which is a good thing. In fact, Kenan may have just squashed that entirely when he told USA Today that, “the film is super-scary. And it’s scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world.” I hope he’s right. That said, there’s supposedly going to be a trailer this Thursday, so hold out any hope for this one until then, folks.
Dubbed a revisionist take on the original film, the new story centers on a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.
Poltergeist is expected to haunt theaters on July 24th. It stars Jared Harris, Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt.
Source: USA Today