Poltergeist

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.

3 thoughts on “Poltergeist

  1. though I might argue that a few more remakes than those you listed were at the least okay LOL, I have to agree that the only reason they are remaking, rebooting, or re imagining Poltergeist is for money.

    of course Hollywood essentially said the same thing a few years back, they are not really interested in making many new movies, which are risky money wise, but are going to concentrate on successful past franchises. prepare for Rambo 28 escape from the nursing home.

    I tend to think a remake will never be able to top that Clown scene. which all this years later still gives me the shivers LOL

    1. It could indeed be argued that there are more than four worthy remakes, though admittedly I was being a bit facetious, though not by a lot.

      In my experience, most remakes tend to be exactly for the reason we both stated, which is money.

      The other logic I find a bit lacking. Why does it matter if your franchise is past one or not? Especially if virtually no one remembers it.

      Now, if they wanted to somehow continue the story, I could at least respect what they’re doing. As it stands they are remaking a film that will more than likely pale in comparison to the original.

      Though, honestly, what scares me more is that someone will see what will probably be drek and it will define what a good horror film is for them, while true classics like John Carpenter’s The Thing, or the original film, for that matter, will go ignored.

      1. the way I understood Hollywood’s thinking was they were picking what had been money making Francise back in the day in order to capitalize on the original fan base and draw in new fans. instead of risking high dollar Projects that may or may not bring in the cash.

        Consider how badly they have done with Halloween, not satisfied with sub par sequels, they have remade it the movie half a dozen times with every typical Hollywood trope they could find. Or nightmare on Elm Street.

        the New Evil Dead, which was no where near as good as the original and the list goes on as you know.

        I completely agree with your last statement, people have fallen for the hype so completely that they believe drek like Paranormal boredom is great horror while classics that were truly scary due to great scripts and directors who understood atmosphere and timing are now ignored. .

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