Out of all the millions of horror fans around the world, the majority of us let out a silent scream when we hear that yet another classic is being remade. For me, hearing that 1982's Poltergeist was getting the common reboot treatment wasn't absolutely soul crushing, but I kind of asked myself, "why?". So with nothing but negativity and doubt filling my thoughts, I checked out the trailer, expecting to be disappointed - but I SO WASN'T.
Sure, there are a couple of things I'm not a fan of, such as Madison (who was originally named Carol Anne) talking to the spirits/poltergeist through the wardrobe doors, as opposed to the ominous, crackling TV in the original, but then again, I guess you could argue that it's good to be original, even in remakes.
I get a very Insidious- like vibe from this trailer, as it seems that this remake will feature mostly psychological horror, with none of the flesh-peeling, maggoty meat and skeletons from the original. Although this may disappoint some, I think it's fantastic as I truly believe that psychological scares are the most frightening among the horror genre - and they seem to be getting less and less popular as modern gorefests are taking over the genre.
Star Sam Rockwell recently stated in an interview with Collider that he doesn't expect horror fans to find the new Poltergeist movie scary...
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. It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure.
This just added to my doubts, but judging from the trailer, that's all LIES! Well, the part about it not being scary, that is. Not as scary as [The Conjuring](movie:600664)? I don't know Sam, the trailer suggests otherwise. A possessed clown doll launching itself at a ten-year-old? Little girls with no eyes? I think Rockwell's perspective of what's frightening may be a little different to most.
If there's one thing I hope to see a lot of in the remake, it's that freaky clown doll. I feel like it could have had more screen time in the original, so considering it's in the trailer, hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of it this time around. The fact that this new movie will be set more from the children's perspective is also fantastic, as we will get to see and hear what they do, instead of just watching the parents helplessly struggle to get them back.
What's so great about this type of film is that yes, it may be rated PG-13, but in all reality, that means nothing. It'll be scary and downright unnerving for people of all ages, and the lack of unsuitable content is the only reason it has this rating, so not to fear! If you remember correctly, the original Poltergeist somehow got a PG rating also!