Poltergeist is a horror classic, a terrifying tale of what happens when you let little waiflike girls watch too much TV, and home to the best scene of a man scraping off his own face you're every likely to see in family-friendly-fare. So there's a remake coming, because of money.
Honestly, the material released to date for Gil Kenan's new Poltergeist makes it look like a pefectly reasonable chiller, with all the creepy clowns and stolen children you could wish for in this kind of picture. It has a couple of decent cast members in Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt and a terrible Irish accent from Jared Harris, who is probably making daddy Richard turn over in his grave.
Here's the latest trailer. Shudder at those vowels.
There are a few too many references here for my liking, it's hard to get a handle on whether the film will try to find any original material of its own. It certainly has a lot more digital effects (considering it was all optical in 82), and some of them look fine while others not so much. I'm pretty sure that little girl just turns into a cartoon when she gets dragged up the stairs.
Maybe this is one for people who never saw the original, or its two sequels. Or the numerous other pretenders through the years.
Poltergeist will arrive in cinemas in May 2015.