I am such a big fan of the original Poltergeist movie and I was amazed when I heard this remake was being made. The trailer looked interesting enough for me to want to give it a chance, but I missed it when it came out at the cinema, only now catching it on Netflix. The one star suggested rating from Netflix didn’t bode well though…
This version meanders lazily through a pretty much step-by-step recreation of the 1982 original. Some slight original tweaks of its own can be found here and there, but there are no scares at all. Modern movie effects and techniques improve the latter third of the movie compared to the original as the family work to return their daughter Madison and this just about saves it from being a total disaster. I’m amazed that with so many original ghost films around these days such as The Conjuring, somebody felt the need to remake something which just didn’t need to be remade.
- The Verdict
My watch-list of movies and TV shows continues to grow, while my available spare time continues to shrink. Occasionally I’ll manage to tick one off the list, and then I’ll try and ramble on a little bit about it on here.