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      Poltergeist

      2015, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 33m

      137 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit. Read critic reviews

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      All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It's not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl's freedom.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Intense/Frightening Sequences|Brief Suggestive Material|Some Language)

      • Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Gil Kenan

      • Producer: Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Roy Lee

      • Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $47.3M

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      • Distributor: 20th Century Fox

      • Production Co: Fox 2000 Pictures, Ghost House Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

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      • Mar 27, 2016

        I will admit, I didn't watch it all. I made it to the clown scene. However, I'm such a big fan of the original that I couldn't get into this one at all. I guess if it was an original story, it would be passable, but I am just sick of great movies being remade. It is unnecessary and I didn't like the updating on this one. The teenage daughter also needed a kick up the ass, who wants to watch an entitled brat carrying on about a mobile phone on Poltergeist!

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      • Feb 15, 2016

        http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/poltergeist-dir-gil-kenan-2015-1982s-is.html

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      • Dec 22, 2015

        Sitting through Poltergeist, you'll find yourself justly questioning the need for such a thankless, scare-free remake of a perfectly acceptable, if slightly dated, 80's horror classic. That is if you have seen the original; and if you haven't, do yourself a favour and skip this for that. The effects are decent, but the plot offers nothing new over the original. Family dynamics may change with the advent of new technology, but the spooks here haven't upped their game in the last 20 years if this is anything to go by. Rockwell and and DeWitt are better than this as well. Yawn.

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      • Nov 14, 2015

        Updated for modern audiences, Poltergeist is a solid remake that delivers some frightful thrills. After moving to a new house that's been built on a former cemetery the Bowen family comes under attack from supernatural forces. Sam Rockwell leads the cast and gives an impressive performance. Additionally, the director does a good job at creating atmosphere and building tension. And, the writing makes some interesting changes that contemporizes the story. Though not as revolutionary as the original, Poltergeist is still a well-crafted and chilling horror film.

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