By on November 2nd, 2015


Poltergeist (2015) Dir. Gil Kenan

Who’s in it? Sam Rockwell, Rosemaire DeWitt, Jared Harris, Kennedi Clements

What’s it about? A modern remake of Texas Chainsaw Masacre director Tobe Hooper’s iconic 80s horror classic, produced by Evil Dead and Spiderman director Sam Raimi, Poltergeist follows the unfortunate events of a young family after they move into their new home and close to a series of electricity pylons and things start to go bump in the night. This version is more of a reboot of a fictional horror and flies on the face of the current trend of fact based supernatural horrors like The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) and The Conjuring (2013). When the family discover to their horror that little Madison has been taken they must enlist the help of paranormal investigators to get her back. Although unlikely to stray too far from accepted genre norms like creepy clowns and inexplicable levitation, Poltergeist is undoubtedly one for those who appreciate a good horror movie and its cinematic legacy.

Memorable Moments? A reworking of Hooper’s film, this version of the supernatural thriller also involves the kidnapping of the family’s youngest daughter by evil spirits of unknown origin or intent and features the memorable TV sequence in which the young girl is trapped by the unwelcome guests in a parallel dimension, reminiscent of the original’s creepy “They’re here” moment.

Look who’s talking: ‘This has more in common with slick, audience-goosing modern spookers like ‘Insidious’ than with Hooper & Spielberg’s imaginative original.’ – Time Out

Like that? Try this: Set in small town America in 1971 The Conjuring (2013) tells the terrifying true story of the Perron family who, after moving into their new home in Harrison Rhode Island, discover a dark supernatural presence already residing there and in their desperation turn to real life supernatural sleuths, Husband and Wife Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Trivia Pursuit: Tom Cruise was originally considered for the role of family man Eric Bowen.

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