They’re finally here with a trailer for Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist

With its release only 6 months away, the Poltergeist reboot has finally been unleashed onto the world, delivering its first set of stills just yesterday. Admittedly, the images left me more surprised than anything else, especially that damn clown, which will no doubt be one of the film’s major strengths. That said, you can only take away so much from a picture. So, is this really going to be a kids movie? The first trailer for Poltergeist is finally here and it answers that question pretty definitively: it’s most certainly not.

The first half of the trailer plays a lot like every other PG-13 haunted house movie as a young family moves into a new home, slowly discovering these weird bumps in the night. It then teases some iconic moments from the original—the TV scene as well as the terrifying moment with the closet are given a nod to great effect, even the trees make an appearance. Gil Kenan’s reboot looks big, intense, and perhaps most surprisingly, scary. But will it be a good Poltergeist film? We’ll have to wait until July to find out.

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take on the original film, the new story centers on a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.


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11 thoughts on “They’re finally here with a trailer for Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist

  1. I just watched this and came here to see if you’d written about it yet, haha! Rockwell was DEFINITELY feeding lines because that doesn’t look anything like how he described it. I have hope.

    1. Nice! Yeah, he was definitely giving everyone the runaround, that’s for sure. I was impressed by the trailer, and I’m actually surprised to see all the negativity towards it. If it wasn’t a Poltergeist remake, I think people would be a little bit more forgiving. I think it looks solid so far, though.

      1. Yeah, I think people are just tired of the reboots, and I can’t blame them… I am too. But hey, if they do it well, I can separate the new from the old.

  2. Hm, I dunno about this. The trailer just looks so… I dunno. Generic? There are some good actors, and yes, that clown will no doubt scare the crap out of me, but, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I dunno. The original was just so good, this film just feels… unnecessary.

    1. I’m with you there, it’s no doubt an unnecessary remake; especially when the original still holds up quite well. For me, I think I just had my expectations so low for this that I was actually impressed with the trailer.

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