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First images from Gil Kenan's Poltergeist reboot arrive; updated with teaser

02.04.2015by: Kevin Woods

gil kenan poltergeist  jane adams jared harris Nicholas Braun Rosemary DeWitt Sam Raimi Sam Rockwell Saxon Sharbino

UPDATE: Below you'll see a "teaser" (of sorts) that comes via POLTERGEIST's official Twitter page. Looks like we'll be getting a trailer in a couple days!

While the news that we were getting a remake of POLTERGEIST was bad enough, in October we learned that the film would be slapped with a PG-13 rating. Even worse was last month POLTERGEIST star Sam Rockwell called it "essentially a child abduction film" and that it's "more of a kids' movie". It doesn't seem that the odds are in our favor that this one will be for horror fans. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Now USA Today has shared the first ever images from the Gil Keenan-directed film that will open in theaters on July 24, 2015. The reboot features a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist David Lindsay-Abaire and is led onscreen by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the parents.

Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Nicholas Braun and Jane Adams also star in POLTERGEIST, which is produced by Sam Raimi and contemporizes the classic tale about…

...a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her. 

Check out the first images below.

Extra Tidbit: Any interest in checking this one out in July?
Source: USA Today

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12:56PM on 02/04/2015

I'll watch it on Netflix, but I won't be happy about it.

I have to watch Sam Rockwell in everything he does. This isn't going to be one of those better things.
I have to watch Sam Rockwell in everything he does. This isn't going to be one of those better things.
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12:24PM on 02/04/2015

rebooting Poltergeist....

some facts for Kevin Woods:
the original 1982 Poltergeist was rated PG, its sequel was rated PG-13... so why do you want this movie to be rated "R" so badly that you're dismissing it so quickly?
the clips dont show or say very much, in fact those few clips remind me of Gus Van Zant's remake of Psycho.... a carbon copy shot for shot remake... I really hope thats not the case this time, that movie was awful.
The jury (ME) is still out on this one until its release or its trailer (which will
some facts for Kevin Woods:
the original 1982 Poltergeist was rated PG, its sequel was rated PG-13... so why do you want this movie to be rated "R" so badly that you're dismissing it so quickly?
the clips dont show or say very much, in fact those few clips remind me of Gus Van Zant's remake of Psycho.... a carbon copy shot for shot remake... I really hope thats not the case this time, that movie was awful.
The jury (ME) is still out on this one until its release or its trailer (which will probably look a lot like the original)
this is neither a bad idea or a good Idea, I simply cannot tell from these images how much different this new flick will be from the original... one thing is clear, the NEW RATING DOESN'T REALLY MATTER BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL WAS RATED PG.
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1:31PM on 02/04/2015
Here's a fact right back at ya: the 1982 original was slapped with an R by the MPAA, later appealed and reduced to a PG (PG-13 didn't exist in 1982). Sure, it seems tame today and would likely warrant a PG-13 by current MPAA standards, but why remake a film that the vast majority of horror fans would dismiss as just another studio cash-in remake unless you were willing to push the envelope and take it in a darker direction? I'm not dismissing it altogether...the trailer could certainly sway me
Here's a fact right back at ya: the 1982 original was slapped with an R by the MPAA, later appealed and reduced to a PG (PG-13 didn't exist in 1982). Sure, it seems tame today and would likely warrant a PG-13 by current MPAA standards, but why remake a film that the vast majority of horror fans would dismiss as just another studio cash-in remake unless you were willing to push the envelope and take it in a darker direction? I'm not dismissing it altogether...the trailer could certainly sway me and a lot of other folks to its side...but I hate that the star of the film calls it a "kids' movie". And you can count on your hands the number of PG-13 horror films that were actually scary or decent over the past several years (DRAG ME TO HELL, THE RING, THE OTHERS, INSIDIOUS to name a few), but most of the time we end up with shite like OUIJA. I would say that I'm close to being cautiously optimistic about POLTERGEIST, but realistically I'm expecting it to be a disappointment.
11:31AM on 02/04/2015

Leave these classics alone!

I'd rather they just rip off the idea and call it something else.
I'd rather they just rip off the idea and call it something else.
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