Movie Reviews: 'Poltergeist'

Poltergeist (Review) 

By Jake Buchanan

Poltergeist (2015) is directed by Gil Kenan and stars Sam Rockwell as the head of a modern day family who moves into a new home then later becomes the victims of countless paranormal spirits. With everything that’s been done in the horror genre of movies throughout the years the original Poltergeist had such an original concept that it still stands out today, but did the spirit of the original transcend into this remake or did the original turn over in its grave? 

All around the acting in Poltergeist is good, but it’s Sam Rockwell that stands out the most as the father of the family. Whether or not the movies that Rockwell is in are ether bad or good he constantly gives good performances as the character he’s portraying on screen for that movie. Now the best screen in Poltergeist in my opinion has to be the shadow’s effect that they used, because not only does it feel practical but also this catches a moment of the original movie which I found myself somewhat nervous. 

Poltergeist (2015) not only relies on huge amounts of CGI effects, but overall does the exact the same things as the original movie did. 

The reason why I think the shadow scene is the best part in the movie is due to it not feeling CGI which makes the new movie relatable to the original, because throughout the movie all of the spiritual activities are completely seeable and nonrealistic CGI work that was able to take my mind out of the movie. I wasn’t scared, because it didn’t look real with the CGI spirit moments that makes up every scary moment come off as fake in my mind. 

Other than the visuals the biggest problem I have with Poltergeist (2015) is that it follows the same story as the original, and there’s nothing completely new at all in this remake of an iconic horror movie classic.  What this entire remake attempts is the recreations of the iconic moments from the original, and it constantly rushes through points of the story to just get to the end of the movie that makes no sense whatsoever. 

Overall Poltergeist (2015) is nowhere near the same caliber as the original Poltergeist that was a trend setter for Horror movies, and all this remake does is simply follow the exact same beats as the original. 

That’s why I’m giving Poltergeist (2015) a 1.5/ 5 due to the fact I enjoy Sam Rockwell and the shadow scene was the best moment in the movie, but this is just a sad remake that doesn’t do the original Poltergeist any justice.