I was really disappointed with most of the new version.
There were a few parts that captured my attention.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
We open with the story, family looking for a new home due to financial issues. They find this particular house, pretty but kinda old. Has some issues. The buy and fix it up yourself kind.
That right there lies only some of the problems. In the original, the Poltergeist were not interested in Carol Anne because she was some random girl that moved into the house. She was born there, which hitches to the story that they felt they owned her. That they were a part of her life. She was something very special to them.
The TV scene? The original did it much better. It was actually creepier seeing really nothing in the TV, until they made their actual presence known. Compared to the new one with all the hands.
And the "they're here" line. Heather O'Rourke did it much better, it was much more eerie. She held the letters and tone perfectly. Not to say that Kennedi Clements is horrible, but it just wasn't done right. Plus, Heather O'Rourke just had that look that just screamed eerie. As if she was other worldly herself.
Then there's the level of activity in the house itself. It started small and built up, but not overly done. I cannot call your hair standing on end because your holding a closet door knob, compared to in the original. Where this particular spot in the kitchen, you could slide across the room, chairs stacked themselves, lights flickered, silverware was bent, pictures moved. Ok, they did do one spoon in the new one. Even animals died in the original. The bird Tweety, and the dog went nuts. Besides the hair, lights flickering much latter on. They did add a "drill" scene, wasn't impressed.
Now, lets discuss clowns. In the original, he was kinda creepy to look at to begin with. This new one? Not scary at all, and what's with the pull nose? Talk about pointless. In the original, the clown was owned. Not found, and there was only one. There only needed to be one. What was the point of the running around and sitting, when Griffin flashed the flash light on them? That was just ridiculous.
And why is the middle child (the boy), over-looked in this version? The mother is negative, even called him a baby. Neither parent really listens to him. He constantly has to yell, even scream to get their attention. What was the point from changing it from the original? I know families are not always positive, good, etc. But still.
How about the tree scene? The tree is gonna chase him down through the house and drag him out? Really? And this whole dropping him thing? No, in the original the tree tried to eat Robbie. His dad had to rescue him, and during that time Carol Anne was pulled into the closet. She was not lured, by floating balls of light and a stuffed toy moving around. That was just plain dumb.
Now, let's discuss the Medium/psychic. A TV star that hosts his own paranormal TV show, over a renowned medium/psychic? Yes, in the original Tangina, was renowned. Well known, but in the private way. She did not go onto TV broadcasting herself. This new plot feels forced.
Plus, there was no need to mention the relationship/marriage between the TV star and Dr. It does nothing for the plot. I know they were trying to add humor, but it was too forced.
The portal. A drone type toy with a camera? Really? I know they were trying to change it for the 21st century, but it served nothing. It felt like you were being force fed.
The purpose of the rope was for safety. Tied around the waist was just that, it was to make sure you could get them back. Not a line that you could just follow and hold onto. Do they even know what its like in another dimension? I can tell you that they did not even bother to any actual paranormal research, before hand.
I do like that they used the brother in place of the mom, I dislike that they used him because of guilt. It should of been purely out of love for his sister. However, still loved that they used Diane in the original.
I will have to that Madison (Maddie) did not feel like a 5 yr old in the new version. She felt more like 7-9. With it feeling like that, it just did not have the same or even similar impact that the original did.
In the original, the eldest daughter wasn't there. She was too freaked to stay. I do like that they made the eldest daughter stronger in this version. I get tired of weak, scared, insecure female roles. That always needs a man to save them.
Let's talk about how the discovery of the bodies from the Graveyard still being there, was ruined. Mentioning it, ruined it. They should have stuck with the original. Discovery by them popping up. Diane taking a swim with the corpses, that was far scarier.
All the spirits reaching for the girl? wasn't scary. It was the giant mouth in the original trying to swallow Carol Anne that was dark and creepy.
They are already house hunting? No, the original ending was better. You don't just bounce back from that kind of experience. They went to a hotel, dragging themselves. Once there, they shoved the TV out of the room.
Truthfully? Eh. It wasn't that great, they took from the original and honestly. The remake did not do it any justice. The creature blocking the kids' door in the original was far scarier. Even though horror does not scare me.
They completely left out the scene of Marty ripping his skin off to expose his skull in the bathroom. That was a twisted scene and they left it out, how typical.. Even though it was just the Poltergeist's messing with his head. Making him see what wasn't there.
I know the "crawling living" food scene didn't seem like a huge thing, but it added to how weird it all was. How they could really get inside your head and mess with you. Make you see things that aren't real. So, in fact it was important. Also, left out for whatever reason. They didn't have to repeat it, but they could have done a different take.
They left out the spirit scene on the stairs, which was how the portal was made in the ceiling.
The house vanished into thin air, it did not blow up. The original also did not have to do added "scary" parts like the "scary" face scene.
However, the original did have other parts, that were even scarier and cooler in my opinion.
That single skeletal ghost hand coming out of the screen, was far creepier than all the hands on the screen.
In the remake, they also did not do to much in the way of regular activity in the room. Until the very end. The original had constant activity. They dumped that too, honestly boring.
In truth? The original is better than the remake. Which is why I rated 4.5 out of 10. There was a lot I would have changed. I know you don't copy the original, but if you are going to do a remake. Make it better, not worse.
It's really not worth the ticket. I say save your money and just rent it, but even then it will feel like a waste. At least it will be less than the price for the ticket(s).