I wrote in October of last year that Sam Raimi was planning a remake – a term that’s always synonymous with*maximum suckage – of Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist.”
That’s still happening, though Raimi is producing, not directing.
That job will be handled by Gil Kenan. Prior to this gig, he helmed “Monster House” and “City Of Ember.”
It goes without saying that there’s no reason that they’re remaking “Poltergeist,” other that what I suspect is a cynical money grab. Seriously, if you’re under 35 you probably haven’t even heard of the film (and if you haven’t you need to see it. It’s that good. And to be clear: By ‘good’ I mean atmospheric and creepy, with potentially the scariest clown in movie history).
I have included the trailer for the original film, because I have a feeling that things aren’t going to get any better than this.
*There are good remakes. For instance, David Cronenberg’s ‘ Fly’ reboot is pretty excellent, as is Chuck Russell’s “The Blob” remake. And Breck Eisner’s reboot of George Romero’s “The Crazies” was entertaining, as was “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Phillip Kaufman’s version of Don Siegel’s original, not the multitude of others).
But other than those four films, all remakes suck.