The Poltergeist reboot blasted its way into our eager eyes last summer, and regardless of your feelings about remakes in general, this is one movie that certainly got horror fans talking.
Of course we worry about a reboot - what if this new movie comes and pees all over the corpse of our beloved original? But there's also the possibility that it'll just be a fun horror movie, a way to draw in legions of new horror fans to start investigating the classics... and the 2015 Poltergeist was F.U.N.
Fun, and very loyal to the spirit of the original. Here's the trailer for the 1982 version...
Now, let's look at some side-by-side pics from the 1982 and 2015 versions of Poltergeist to see just how similar these two movies are!
Note: 1982 on the left, 2015 on the right, obvs!
A panning shot across the street establishes the setting for both the 1982 and the 2015 Poltergeist movie. It all starts in an ordinary house...
Insanely cute kid with bangs? Check.
Played by Heather O'Rourke in 1982 and 7-year-old Kennedi Clements in 2015.
Insanely cute kid flying through the air? Check.
Pah, it's not a proper Poltergeist if people - and things - aren't getting thrown around!
Horrible clown doll guaranteed to cause nightmares!
Clowns are bad. Always, always bad.
Lights, camera, action!
It's nice to see the '80s penchant for wibbly Ghostbusters-style lightning was kept alive in the 2015 incarnation of Poltergeist!
Quick, better call in an expert!
Medium Tangina Barrons - played to perfection by Zelda Rubinstein - was replaced with a wry nod to the modern trend of reality TV, with Carrigan Burke (played by Jared Harris) as a former academic turned TV personality for dubious cable show Haunted House Cleaners.
A helping hand...
Yes, that classic scene was too good not to replicate - pretty much exactly!
The famous line said by the little girl in the original movie is audible around 1:04 where it's creepily whispered by a breathy, ghostly voice...
Check out the trailer for the 2015 Poltergeist and please let me know any cool similarities I missed...