Get Ready to be Disappointed with the Upcoming Poltergeist Remake

Poltergeist posterFor the record I’m not surprised by this article at all. Not one bit. When I read last year that a POLTERGEIST remake was in the works I didn’t for a second get excited. My gut told me that it was gonna be nothing like the original and it seems in a recent interview with, Sam Rockwell has confirmed my gut feeling. The remake is directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jared Harris. The remake is going for a PG-13 rating and I’m okay with that. We’ve gotten some genuine scary movies in the past with nothing more that a PG-13 rating. The problem, though, is that Rockwell doesn’t sound all that confident in the project. When asked if he’s seen any of the footage of the remake this is his response:

“I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.”

I seriously doubt anything close to this scene will be in the remake!!

I seriously doubt anything close to this scene will be in the remake!!

Did you feel that wind blowing by of unleashed confidence for the POLTERGEIST remake?? Yikes!! In one quote Rockwell says, “I hope … I wish … I’m praying.” And I love how he tries to be positive by throwing in that it’s “gonna be in 3D.”

This POLTERGEIST is being described as a reimagining and as a sequel and through some online research I know that Jarred Harris’ character is named Carrigan, an ex-intellectual who ditches the world of academia to host the show “Haunted House Cleaners.” Rockwell, in the interview, then added this key detail:

“The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time.  JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view.  So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.”

No way will this scene be in the remake!!

No way will this scene be in the remake!!

Wait, what? So the remake is a kid’s movie? I knew it was going for a PG-13 but a kid’s movie!! Just tell us Sam … is the POLTERGEIST remake going to be scary?

“It’s not like Conjuring type of scary.  You know, it’s a different kind of movie.  It’s more of an adventure.  It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it.  I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.”

I'm sure this scene won't make the cut in the final print!!

I’m sure this scene won’t make the cut in the final print!!

Now it’s an adventure/kid’s movie?!!? The more Rockwell describes this film the worse it sounds. Basically what Rockwell just said in this interview is that the POLTERGEIST remake is an adventure movie about child abductions for kids. Am I wrong here?? I’m also not digging how he’s completely downplayed the horror elements. The original POLTERGEIST was friggin’ scary and I was hoping that some of that would be recaptured in the remake. Instead it sounds like a completely watered-down version of the original.

I wanna hear your thoughts on the POLTERGEIST remake. What do you think about the comments Sam Rockwell made? Do you think he’s underplaying the horror elements?

Stay Bloody!!!


… and there’s no way in HELL this scene is gonna be in the remake!!


6 Responses to “Get Ready to be Disappointed with the Upcoming Poltergeist Remake”
  1. garethrhodes says:

    I must see Poltergeist. It’s one of those that slipped through the net in the 80’s. I’ll try and see it before the remake.


  2. It was a horror classic that didn’t need reconsidering or altering at all :/


  3. richard says:

    Honestly, I think it was just a crappy interview given by an actor who shouldn’t be doing crappy interviews. I’m not big on the 3-D trend, but otherwise, I sort of get what he’s saying, despite how badly he’s saying it. The original is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m not big on it being remade. But as my best friend always points out, remakes do two things: They bring in the audience who wants to bitch that it’s not as good as the original, and they are, in essence, completely new to a huge audience who either isn’t aware of or has little knowledge of the original because they were so young (or not even born) when it came out. So… I’m not going to make any rash decisions based on this really awful interview, but at the same time, I’m not exactly jumping for joy.


    • I tend to agree, Richard. Rockwell seemed to be saying things about the POLTERGEIST remake & I don’t think he had any idea what he was saying. At least I’m hoping that’s what happened.


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