Poltergeist (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit.


Movie Info

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. (C) Fox

Rating: PG-13 (for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Spielberg, David Lindsay-Abaire
In Theaters:
Box Office: $22.6M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Eric Bowen

as Griffin Bowen

as Kendra Bowen

as Madison Bowen

as Carrigan

as Dr. Claire Powell

as Barbara Stoller

as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (16)

Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.

Full Review… | May 28, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's little doubt that nostalgia played a part in Fox's decision to remake Poltergeist, but that's a poor reason for any film's existence and no excuse for how uninspired Gil Kenan's re-imagining of this one turned out.

Full Review… | May 24, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

It might thrill those who haven't seen Hooper's original version, but there's no reason not to go back and find that one instead. It's simply better than this inferior attempt to cash in.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
Cinemalogue.com

For all of the script's tentativeness, Kenan (Monster House) brings a high level of craft to his haunted house film, matching recent overhyped ghost stories like The Conjuring and Insidious.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
Sacramento News & Review

A lazy cover of a great song.

Full Review… | May 28, 2015

Rockwell, DeWitt and Adams will hopefully find the forthcoming, unrelated Digging for Fire a better showcase for their on-screen presence, but here... they add personality otherwise lacking to a generic paranormal effort.

Full Review… | May 28, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

½

Almost thirty years since the last ?Poltergeist? film was released, like any classic horror film, here comes the remake whether you asked for it or not. ?Poltergeist (2015)? was definitely not asked for, however, before I go off on a tangent and rip it apart, there are a few positives to take away here. Sam Rockwell as the father does a tremendous job holding your attention in the moments that you seem to not care about, and that impressed me. Although the film does have much more CGI effects than it should, there are a few nice practically done moments that paid homage to the original films. Sadly, there not many more positives. The actors portraying the children are laughably wooden at times, the events all feel forced just to show ?the other side,? and the classic beats are completely replicated here, so much so to the point that you just feel like saying, ?what was the point, really?? Overall, ?Poltergeist (2015)? is an updated replica of the original 1982 horror classic that has a lazy script, an uninterested cast, and an uninteresting premise that brings nothing new to the table. I would recommend this film to fans of the original who want another dose, or to those who have no idea what these films are about. Other than that, stay far away. It is definitely not a film you will be remembering.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Poltergeist 2.0 feels like a horror film for children with ADHD, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I went into the film with exceedingly low expectations and was insanely surprised by how fantastic it was. I had a total blast watching it from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment, the wit was razor-sharp, and while it may not have been particularly terrifying, it was highly entertaining. I don't have to tell you how unoriginal the film is--come on, it's a remake. Nevertheless, it's enjoyable and modernized enough to be a welcome inclusion among a sea of blandly unnecessary rehashes, all while paying all its creepy and clever homages to the original.

DA Zapata
DA Zapata

Super Reviewer

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