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: $47.0M
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 (101) | 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

Poltergeist is a poor and unnecessary remake. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | June 30, 2015

Gil Kenan's new version, keeps details of the original story, but it is unable to provide a new mythology to an already known story. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | June 26, 2015

A worthy remake, but it doesn't outshine Tobe Hooper's version. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | June 26, 2015

Nothing will surprise you if you've seen the original, but it will keep you in the edge of your seat. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | June 25, 2015
Butaca Ancha

Feels like what the Lifetime Channel in America would do to a remake of the Tobe Spielberg classic haunting film.

Full Review… | June 25, 2015
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

I can't see any homage in this painfully derivative movie that reuses the worst clichés of the genre, with a lazy script that has no shame to come up with the most ridiculous "explanation" ever (drawn on paper, to appear more "scientific") for a supernatural phenomenon.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Pretty much a full remake of the first one, which would have made me mad if they didn't come up with an idea that was bottling my brain all these years... What does the girl see on the other side... NAILED IT. went from one star to 3, close but no cookie.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

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