I have never been a fan of remakes, mainly because they often serve no purpose other than money grabs, attempts to exploit the name of a property people are already familiar with.
Which isn’t to say that they’re not some that manage to rise above – like Jean-François Richet’s remake of John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 – but it’s hardly the norm as proven by Gil Kenan’s 2015 remake of Toby Hooper’s Poltergeist.
Kenan’s version changes a few details, Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein, who died in 2010) was essentially replaced by Jared Harris – which is an really inspired bit of casting and one of the few places where the movie shines – though it’s too faithful to the 1982 movie, which is a problem because it’s so much so that there’s no reason to watch it in the first place, especially when you could just as easily watch the 1982 movie.
And you’d be right to do so because – while this movie isn’t terrible – it doesn’t hold a candle to the original.
Though if you’re still curious about the world of Poltergeist, consider watching Gary Sherman’s 1988 movie, Poltergeist III instead, which at least takes the ideas introduced in the original movie and tries to do something novel with them. That movie is hobbled a bit by some really curious casting, production design and writing but it still holds up better than Kenan’s movie.