ByD.C. Fenoff, writer at
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D.C. Fenoff

A few weeks ago, I sat down with my 12-year-old cousin to seek a horror film appropriate for a stubborn young man of his age. My first thoughts were to classic films such as Beetlejuice, The Birds, and the original Poltergeist from 1982. We opted with the iconic Steven Spielberg film about the suburban family whose life is turned upside down after a mysterious and supernatural force abducts their youngest child. It's masterpiece of suspense, gentle horror, and family-friendly scares hold up strong when even compared to the expensive monstrosities haunting cinema today.

A few days later, giving the both of us the time needed to reel back from the evil child-eating tree, I set out to acquire the 2015 remake of Poltergeist. I had heard about it on the news, seen the trailers, and even read some of the early reviews. They were not kind. But, I wanted to form my own opinion about it, so I rented it from an online streaming site and my cousin and I sat down that night to watch it together. Suffice to say, the both of us were severely disappointed after the credits started rolling. I asked my cousin, when the movie had finished, which one he preferred. He replied with an easy, "The first one." I agreed with him one-hundred percent.

Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist's failure came in repetition of the original film, lack of characters worth caring about, and the fact that it really felt like we were watching a bunch of random internet wannabe actors try to recreate the original film using their Mom's expensive video camera and whatever free editing software they could find on the internet.

And this guy was a terrible replacement for the late, Zelda Rubenstein. RIP.

Jared Harris
Jared Harris

2.5/10 Or as Rotten Tomatoes would call it, "Yuck."


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