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First images from the Poltergeist remake with Sam Rockwell

02.04.2015

I know what you are thinking: remaking the classic POLTERGEIST is a bad idea. The original 1982 Tobe Hooper movie is an iconic horror film that has stood the test of time. After two sequels and an unrelated television series, why bother bringing the Steven Spielberg produced movie back to new audiences? Forget it Jake, it's Hollywood.

If you want a silver lining, take a look at those behind the camera of the new POLTERGEIST. Directed by MONSTER HOUSE's Gil Kenan and produced by Sam Raimi, POLTERGEIST touts a great cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jared Harris. The key is the filmmakers desire to continue the legacy of the original film while continuing to explore our society's reliance on media. The first POLTERGEIST was a commentary on television as babysitters and the new film will expand on that. Here is what Kenan had to say about the approach to the film.

"Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It's the way to anchor the family. It's such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond."

I thoroughly enjoyed Gil Kenan's MONSTER HOUSE and he should bring one hell of a punch to the 3D visuals we have in store for POLTERGEIST. I like the added vibe from the hands on the flat screen TV, but overall these photos look just like a rehash of what we already got in the first POLTERGEIST. I am hoping the finished product proves me wrong.

POLTERGEIST opens on July 24th.

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Source: USA Today

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10:27PM on 02/05/2015

Remakes stink

"Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It's the way to anchor the family. It's such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond." - In Hollywood speak, this translates to "I wanted to take somebody else's idea that was amazing, pepper in some timely references like cell-phones and Twitter and do as little work otherwise in writing it, then spend as little as I can with one
"Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It's the way to anchor the family. It's such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond." - In Hollywood speak, this translates to "I wanted to take somebody else's idea that was amazing, pepper in some timely references like cell-phones and Twitter and do as little work otherwise in writing it, then spend as little as I can with one somewhat known star and reap the rewards from an ignorant and tasteless film going public"
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12:15AM on 02/05/2015
What's with all the lines on the TV? Did they buy it in the eighties?
What's with all the lines on the TV? Did they buy it in the eighties?
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10:56PM on 02/04/2015
I feel like I never heard about this remake until the news today. The original is great, and let's hope this one is not pure crap.
I feel like I never heard about this remake until the news today. The original is great, and let's hope this one is not pure crap.
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10:55PM on 02/04/2015

didn't know it was in 3D

there's potential for a really awesome "coming out the TV" scene if it's in 3D. yeah gimmicky, but if done well, could be perfect.
there's potential for a really awesome "coming out the TV" scene if it's in 3D. yeah gimmicky, but if done well, could be perfect.
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7:17PM on 02/04/2015
Didn't realise they got Sam Rockwell for this. And Jared Harris is always fun. Maybe this might not be too bad.
Didn't realise they got Sam Rockwell for this. And Jared Harris is always fun. Maybe this might not be too bad.
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4:57PM on 02/04/2015
"It's about family blah blah blah."

That's what every filmmaker says about their film. Even the people involved with Taken 3 were saying the same thing.
"It's about family blah blah blah."

That's what every filmmaker says about their film. Even the people involved with Taken 3 were saying the same thing.
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4:18PM on 02/04/2015

POLTERGEIST

Poltergeist is one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. This movie is suppose to take place in the same universe as the original only much later to another family in the same house. Why does it look like the exact same things happen? Also, no one would own that clown.
Poltergeist is one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. This movie is suppose to take place in the same universe as the original only much later to another family in the same house. Why does it look like the exact same things happen? Also, no one would own that clown.
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9:35PM on 02/04/2015
Don't you hate that?? They just dig up the creepiest doll they can find with no regard for who would ever buy such a thing. Did they need to do that in Child's Play to make the movie scary? No! Dolls are inherently scary, they don't need damn help
Don't you hate that?? They just dig up the creepiest doll they can find with no regard for who would ever buy such a thing. Did they need to do that in Child's Play to make the movie scary? No! Dolls are inherently scary, they don't need damn help
4:13PM on 02/04/2015
Creepy Clown! Other than that, it doesn't stand out that much.
Creepy Clown! Other than that, it doesn't stand out that much.
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3:47PM on 02/04/2015
The original Poltergeist is indeed a classic, but lets face it, it's not the greatest horror film ever made. I watched it again last year and appart from being absolutely not scary, nothing about it is particularily good. It has "production hell" tattooed all over it. I have deep respect for that film, but if one franchise deserves to be given a new treatment it's clearly Poltergeist. In light of all the trouble this movie went through, I feel as if I was still waiting for the real Poltergeist
The original Poltergeist is indeed a classic, but lets face it, it's not the greatest horror film ever made. I watched it again last year and appart from being absolutely not scary, nothing about it is particularily good. It has "production hell" tattooed all over it. I have deep respect for that film, but if one franchise deserves to be given a new treatment it's clearly Poltergeist. In light of all the trouble this movie went through, I feel as if I was still waiting for the real Poltergeist to come out.
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3:33PM on 02/04/2015
Giving this the benefit because of the talented cast.
Giving this the benefit because of the talented cast.
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3:32PM on 02/04/2015
It looks like a modern-day Hollywood remake of something much better.

Business as usual, then.
It looks like a modern-day Hollywood remake of something much better.

Business as usual, then.
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3:59PM on 02/04/2015
Couldn't agree more. Nothing new here. Nothing at all. Move along.
Couldn't agree more. Nothing new here. Nothing at all. Move along.
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