23 May 2015

Poltergeist (2015)

The original Poltergeist, even with its now very dated special effects, remains a wonderfully effective movie.  The compact storytelling sets out in easy strokes a young family, and then it introduces WONDER.

The family reacts much as any family would.  A little disbelieving, a little nervous, but mainly with "HOW COOL!"  It is only when the phenomena steps up that it's even treated as a horror story (and even then there is a ton of wonder, and beauty and _joy_ in the story).

The 2015 version fails on just about every level.  From the very beginning the camera shots treat the family's new house as wrong, as full of lurking threat.  It skips almost all of the wonder altogether, instead taking us on a little tour of jump scares and obligatory dragging girls up stairs.

It's also just plain badly done, lingering on boring scenes (the check-out scene, particularly, is just pointless) and in every instance replacing the things that were cool with less interesting, scarier scenes.  Worse, no-one reacts with any logic, and apparently no-one has ever read any of the rules of scary movies.

I did not expect the 2015 version to wholly recapture the magic of the original, but this was a miss on every level.  I recommend skipping it altogether.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same sentiment as I just came fresh from seeing this redone, revision and etc.... I felt like it is a inferior version just borrowing the name to capitalizing on it. It did just that. This is poorly written, staged, acted & just bad from every angle. The original had heart even though it is a horror. It had a sense of magic and hope. Good story telling is an art. Very much like an artist staging a composition to a painting. If not done well, it is uninteresting and don't invite viewers in. I agree with your review a 1000% just garbage.

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