They're here," playful at first. but not for long. A storm erupts, a tree attacks and little Carol Anne Freeling is whisked into a spectral void. As her family confronts horrors galore, something else is here too: a new benchmark in Hollywood ghost stories. Producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and director Tobe Hooper head the elite scream team of this classic. Welcome to Home Sweet Haunted Home. "They Are Here: The Real World Of Poltergeists Revealed" Documentary in 2 Parts: "Science Of The Spirits" and "Communing With The Dead".see more...
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I have found few remakes that are comparable to their original stories, and this one is pretty horrible at best. The plot is roughly the same, but the storyline is poorly rearranged. The key events are condensed, and it felt like an episode of a TV show rather than a film. The racing-pacing is so brisk that the anticipation that existed in the original Poltergeist movie is completely lost because the tension isn't allowed to build in any meaningful way. The focus of the movie was on Griffin (Robbie) the young boy, not Madison (Carol Anne). It is a device used so you care about his character growth and emotional journey but what it does is dilute the shallow story to a bare trace of substance. This sort of cinematic catastrophe has happened under the screenplay writing of David Lindsay-Abaire who had his fingers in Oz the Great and Powerful which was also poorly done.
The most disastrous plot point is that the father, played by Sam Rockwell, has absolutely no investment in the home or neighborhood. In the 1982 film, Craig T. Nelson's character, Steve Freeling was part of the corporation that built the family home and he slowly gets clued into the habit they have of buying cheap land where cemeteries are to expand their communities. The betrayal being that, his work has created the terror his family is forced to go through. There is a choice he has to make between success and family. Questions about what brought the activity in their home and not neighbors could be debated about since you know he is guilty of disturbing the rest of those buried there, whether he was aware of it or not. He bares the burden. You could also theorize about the familial roles and contentions. There is no meat on this 2015 version for one to “what if?”
Eric Bowen has lost his job, has no money, the family is pretty much without roots, the Bowens are trivial vagabonds at basics. The paranormal/supernatural tale of new people moving into a home and raising the attention of the dead just doesn't work here. Steven Spielberg wouldn't write such a vapid narrative and he must have cried at this retelling. The escalation: start to end is so rushed that there is no story structure saying why the audience should care. It’s really hard to sit through, but so short you could miss a handful of momentous happenings if you nod off. Don’t worry though because **SPOILER ALERT** nothing about this film will stir you.
This is an unsuccessful horror because it leans hard on visual effects rather than psychology. It's hard to be afraid of something that can be written off as CGI. A film that leaves you with that need to sleep with a nightlight because you go home wondering, "could this happen in real life?" is mental magic that leaves you with something to worry about later. How many of us wondered if all pea soup came from harvesting it from those with demonic possessions after the Exorcist. It’s what happens in between normal life and hell that makes people scared.
I recommend the original of this film from the early 80’s so you can see good storytelling. Then if you have curiosity watch this adaption somewhere FREE, it's not worth your money.
And one last thought: No one other than Zelda Rubinstein should ever say, "THIS HOUSE IS CLEAN." ~That right there is blasphemy and I hope their is a Tangina Curse to punish all parties involved with that sacrilege.