Join The Horror Corner on Facebook

Join The Horror Corner Facebook Group

Horror & Dark Fantasy Goodreads

Duane's best-horror-dark-fantasy book montage

Slowly We Rot
The Ignored
Sinister Entity
Kayla Undead
Kayla And The Devil
Forest of Shadows
Depraved 2
The Exorcist
Fevre Dream
Dust Devils
Queen of Blood
House of Blood
Exorcist Road
Go Kill Crazy!
The Late Night Horror Show
The Lost

Duane's favorite books ยป
« Amazing Hitchcock & Kubrick Mash-Up | Main | Nerding Out with Glenn Rolfe »

Poltergeist 2015

I think we often allow the power of nostalgia to interfere with our viewing experience when dealing with the remake/reboot dilemma.  Some are great.  See Evil Dead (2013).  Some are serviceable.  See A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).  It’s true.  I don’t hate the Nightmare remake.  It’s not earth-shatteringly good, but it’s not an awful film. 

Some observations gathered while watching Poltergeist 2015:


- It is interesting watching the poltergeists in the remake play with modern technology, and it doesn’t feel like a cop-out “gimmick” to make the movie more accessible.  Well-played by the film-makers.

- Great house and set design.  Check.

- Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams smoking a joint in bed in the original was early 1980's cinematic gold.  That sort of magic can be only captured once in a lifetime.  Don’t expect anything like that here.

- We are treated to a rather unenthusiastic "They're here." Whatevs. 

- This version of the melting face in the mirror is rather inventive, but with no gore.

- The flick is a fairly faithful adaptation, minus the Spielbergian magic.

- Sam Rockwell plays a decent 2015 facsimile of Nelson's lovable everyman.

- Most of the film's attempts at humor fall flat.

- Almost every iconic scene from the original gets a reimagining.

This is modern popcorn horror.  You can have fun with this movie.  But it isn’t going to leave a lasting imprint.


References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.