by Ken B.
The trailer makes the admittedly safe assumption that anyone watching it is familiar with Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic Poltergeist, but you’ve gotta admit that it’s almost incredible how deep it goes into the remake’s presumed storyline. It’s easy to be cynical of remakes, and certainly Gil Kenan’s Sam Raimi-produced film seems not to have an original bone in its body, but at the least, we can see it will be solid from a technical perspective.
I’m not going to dismiss the movie outright, as it doesn’t look awful by any stretch, but at this point, I’ll approach with caution. Let’s hope for mediocrity to be the pure bottom line, and I think that’s a safe bet. But let’s also hope that this will join the class of good remakes, horror or otherwise, adapting its source material and improving some things, giving the story to a new generation of moviegoers. We’ll have to wait and see what the final product offers.
The remake of Poltergeist will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2015.