Thursday, May 21, 2015
Poltergeist: The Remake Lives On
Who doesn't love scary clowns? The remake of Poltergeist has plenty. It also contains many of the favorite scenes you may remember from the original -- only a little more on the freaky side and with a few plots holes filled in.
Did the original need a remake? I won't be a complainer, even though I saw the original at least twenty times and used to have many parts memorized. The cool trailer above gave me hope that the remake would be a good rendition, taking what worked and modernizing it for a newer generation. The final result did not disappoint me.
I enjoyed seeing everything with a different style and direction. It's a good story. The characters are likable and distinct. The acting is decent. The music is freaky. The 3-D effects are clear and the depth is exciting. The depiction of the other side is wonderful.
It's difficult to judge which version I liked better. It's hard to dethrone the love I have for the original, but I'll admit it was campy and full of plot holes. (Why again, in the original, did the family decide to stay in the house after the first incident? Funny!) The remake is a tighter ship, but lacks much of the magic. For example, the clown scene in the remake is freakier, but it is nowhere near as scary as it was in the original.
Those who haven't seen the original may not find this movie to be as scary as other recent horror movies, but I suspect that you may find it to be highly imaginative and cool.
And if you've seen the original, I strongly suggest catching this newer version in the theater in 3D. Enjoy the ride.