Poltergeist Movie Review
It must be hard knowing you have no place in this world. To exist, but only as a shadow, a whisper in the wind, a footnote in history. To be, but only as a clone, a copy, of something better and more respected. If the 2015 version of Poltergeist was a person and had feelings, I can only imagine the hopeless sense of emptiness it would feel.
To be perfectly fine, and yet purposeless.
Such is the fate of a remake of a highly respected horror movie that still stands the test of the time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but the only thing that was broken was an empty space on a balance sheet somewhere.
2015’s Poltergeist is a serviceable horror movie, featuring a strong cast (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt) and slick-enough direction by Gil Kenan (Monster House). It’s your typical glossy, studio-made horror movie, a polished final product that refuses to push any major boundaries.
Of course, when you’re bound to recreate a movie that everyone has already seen, it’s practically impossible to push any boundaries whatsoever.
Poltergeist has a few creepy moments—Kenan sets up a solid scene involving a clown doll, though the scene’s biggest scare is shown in the trailers, effectively wasting it—but it’s marginally scary at best. Overall, it doesn’t maintain tension and the climax feels like an old hat, because, after all, the climax was made over 30 years ago.
Poltergeist, despite its best intentions, is an unnecessary remake of a perfectly good movie—making it effectively unnecessary to watch.
It must be hard knowing you have no place in this world.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.