MJ and I hate remakes of the classic movies! most remakes take the movie and mangle the hell out of it making it sh!@#t!
when i saw that Poltergeist was on the remake list and was done, i was pissed.. number 1 because some of the actors of that 80s film are no longer alive and a remake in my opinion is sacrilege, even though with our new digital CGI and new makeup effects techniques, they can make something seem newer but it doesn’t mean it’s better than the original..
with the remake of Poltergeist, they used a new name for the family, the Bowens.. but they did use the same parts of the original story, like a very psychic child who talks to ghosts, her name is Maddie, an older sister who is a bit of a brat, Kendra, and the little brother, Griffin, who is afraid of everything because Mom had lost him 3 yrs ago in a mall.. he gets the attic room that has a skylight window on the ceiling, that an ancient willow tree hangs over, which drags him out of the roof..
Griffin was also attacked on his first night, not by just 1 creepy clown doll, but a whole box of bizarre looking clown dolls.. that was kinda creepy weird..
the only cool part of the movie was that we get to see what the other side looks like that Maddie gets pulled into, with modern technology, a small camera attached to a toy drone craft that Griffin pilots into the closet portal.. and when you hear her running through the house, we get to see her shadow on the walls as she’s running from something chasing her.. another cool part of the movie, was that Griffin felt responsible for Maddie being taken since he left her alone in her room while he ran away to hide, so he goes into the closet portal to find her and bring her back, before any of the adults could stop their arguing with each other.. i thought that was an even more touching thing to do and showed the adults that children are braver and just more determined than the adults to go into an unknown situation to bring back a loved one..
now a big problem with this movie was the scary scene when the ghosts come out of the TV.. in the original, there was a spectacular light effects that showed “the TV people” coming out of the TV and into the house and little CarolAnne, saying.. “They’re.. heeere..” the remake had hands showing up on the TV screen where Maddie was touching the screen and then they disappeared and Maddie says as a simple statement, “they’re here”.. you didn’t see anything else except the mayhem that followed after that.. which was mostly like paranormal activity type of mischief on a bigger scale..
it just wasn’t as scary as the original.. or maybe i’m too much a fan of the original, but i did give it a chance.. granted with newer computer technologies and state of the art special effects, i feel that it didn’t help this movie..