Poltergeist is Pale Version of Predecessor

It was 1982 and writer-producer Steven Spielberg, with director Tobe Hooper, would introduce fans to Poltergeist. A true horror favorite with great special effects and one of the most memorable quotes of all-time. The film was even nominated for three Academy Awards, including: Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing. Though it didn’t win any of the Oscars, the movie still became a classic film from the 80s that is still celebrated today. Now, director Gil Kenan brings the world a remake of the horror classic about 33 years later, “It’s here!”

Kennedi Clements in Poltergeist

Kennedi Clements in Poltergeist

The movie tells the story of the Bowen family, who after moving into a new home, realize there is a supernatural force among them, known as a poltergeist.

Poltergeist, the remake of the 1982 movie, isn’t a classic but it was mediocre fun and even manages to scare the audience a few times. It is a movie that is worth watching once, but not one that will stand the test of time like its predecessor. It doesn’t follow the common and overused “Slasher” gimmick, which so many horror of modern times go to. Instead of gore or the other cliché of possession, this movie uses simple, creepy tactics and suspense to give the audience chills. I also enjoyed the performances of young Madison (Kennedi Clements), who was ridiculously adorable and Griffin (Kyle Catlett), who was not only likeable but someone we wanted to see overcome his conflict. Now, that’s not to say that the movie doesn’t have any issues.

The biggest issue that falls over the head of Poltergeist is that it doesn’t strive to be very different. As I’ve said countless times, if you plan on remaking a film that people care about, it is best to do something completely different. Reason being is, that once you try to imitate something people love and are loyal too, it will be more or less rejected. It will always be compared to, instead of standing on its own. Switching up the characters’ names and giving it a few modern twists wasn’t enough to completely allow this remake to stand on its own.

 Poltergeist unfortunately makes the mistake of poor pacing. The beginning of the movie’s pace is great. We hop right into it, but before you know it, we are already propelling to the end and don’t have the feeling of full satisfaction. This might not only be the pacing, necessarily, as much as it is there is no real challenge to overcome. Yes, young Madison is taken into another dimension, but it almost seems too easy to resolve this issue.

Poltergeist isn’t anywhere close to the original classic, but it is partially effective, somewhat fun, and offers few solid scares. Yes, “They’re here,” again and it just isn’t as exciting.

 2 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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