Poltergeist 2015 film

Posted: June 5, 2015 in Movies
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The 2015 Poltergeist film is the latest addition to the 1980s franchise. It opens with the Bowen family moving into a new home. They have a teenage daughter Kendra, a young son Griffin, and the youngest daughter Madison. Almost as soon as they move in strange things begin to happen. Power lines run directly behind the house, and various electrical phenomenon occur. Kendra in particular is suspicious of the power lines.

One night Madison is talking to the large flat screen TV that is just showing static. It’s a nice updated homage to the original. She touches the screen and several hands are seen touching the screen from the inside.

Like the original, Madison is soon abducted by spirits, and the parents seek the help of paranormal investigators, including a television personality that Kendra is familiar with.

The climax is a little lacking, but it does have a nice false ending. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie with a good false ending. There are some nice character bits, the young son has a bit of an arc about facing his fears. While not horrifying it does provide a few scares. The bit with the tree form the first movie is given a nice update that I liked. To it’s credit I will say that the 3D effects were pretty good. A few years ago it seemed like every review I did included how the 3D effects were nothing special.

Overall this movie is not terrible, but I’d say it’s just kind of average.

One thing I’d like to note, I’m not sure if this is really a remake. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original, but in the original it was the Feeling family and their young daughter was Carol Anne. In the 2015 entry it’s evident that this property development has been around for a while, and the plot point about the land built over a cemetery is used. (The headstones of the cemetery were relocated, but evidently the bodies were never moved.) I’d be curious for feedback on this point. Is this a remake, or is it actually set in the same world as the original film?

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Comments
  1. Gatekeeper says:

    This movie is a reminder of Hollywood’s laziness in creating anything new or original and really on remakes of past successes, comic books or real life events.

  2. I saw this movie on July 9 when it was released in Hong Kong. I like the original better, but this was a decent remake. The tree scene was nicely done as it seemed that the tree can access any area of the house.

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