A family is terrorized by ghosts who kidnap their young
daughter, prompting them to hire paranormal experts.
Directed by Gil Kenan
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino,
Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris, Jane Adams
Remake of 1982's Poltergeist
I never expected this remake to surpass the original Poltergeist, but I was hoping that it would at least be an average film. 2015's Poltergeist is highly disappointing, delivering none of the spine-tingling scares of the original and attempting to build on the humor/horror blend that the original had but without any substance.
The cast is your average haunted house family. The dad who's out of work, the kids that nobody believes, and the paranormal expert who has something to prove. The film borrows heavily from Insidious, so much so that it's almost a carbon copy but without the deep-seated scares. Sam Rockwell, who I usually like, is not at top form and Jared Harris, who I also like, tries too hard with a subpar script.
In the end, the film tries too hard to replicate the original film, but fails to generate any genuine scares that made the 1982 film so memorable and iconic. While it does have the occasional jump scare, Poltergeist is one of those films that should never have left the cutting room floor.