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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.



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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

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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

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  • Though Rockwell and DeWitt give the material their own likable spin, most of the story mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has seen the original Poltergeist.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.

    May 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Remaking the 1982 horror film Poltergeist wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but this new version feels like too little, too late.

    May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled. A little sad. And a little angry.

    May 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The original film was promoted with the tagline "It knows what scares you." If there was a truth-in-advertising law regarding films, this movie's ad copy would read: "Poltergeist: Meh."

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

I will admit, I didn't watch it all. I made it to the clown scene. However, I'm such a big fan of the original that I couldn't get into this one at all. I guess if it was an original story, it would be passable, but I am just sick of great movies being remade. It is unnecessary and I didn't like the updating on this one. The teenage daughter also needed a kick up the ass, who wants to watch an entitled brat carrying on about a mobile phone on Poltergeist!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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
Robert C

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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
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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