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Poltergeist (2015)



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) Foxmore
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:
On DVD: Sep 29, 2015
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Sam Rockwell
as Eric Bowen
Kyle Catlett
as Griffin Bowen
Saxon Sharbino
as Kendra Bowen
Kennedi Clements
as Madison Bowen
Jared Harris
as Carrigan
Jane Adams (II)
as Dr. Claire Powell
Karen Ivany
as Barbara Stoller
L.A. Lopes
as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist

All Critics (106) | 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

The new movie doesn't even try to grapple with what's in front of it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016

A remake that lacks creativity, hoping to trade on an established brand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
ABC News Radio

At some point you don't know if you're watching a horror film or an electronics catalogue. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
El Universal

None of it is frightening for a second.

Full Review… | December 21, 2015

For about 20 minutes, Poltergeist gave you the feeling that you're in for a fun time. But fun turned into routine way too fast.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year. I was a HUGE fan of the original and part of it's appeal was the sense of love that the family had for each-other. Mother & daughter in particular. While this version starts out feeling like a comparable homage...it has none of the heart or soul that the first one had. Not to mention the fact that there was little to no build up to the daughters abduction. I left the theater angry because the potential was there.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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

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