Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 26 – Poltergeist (2015)

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Poltergeist (22 May 2015)

A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive

This is the most recent and the last remake in my stack of movies to check out this year.  Sam Rockwell as the dad in this version is a definite trade up from Craig T. Nelson.  No one plays a down-on-his-luck loser better.  The rest of the cast seems about equal.  At least as far as I’m concerned, the youngest daughter looks like the girl from the original in a wig.  The focus in this version is switched from the parents to the middle son.  He has two of the more memorable scenes in the original with the tree and clown doll attacks.  Here those are happening moments apart.  That’s my problem with this.  It’s too much, too close together.  The haunting evidence they see is extreme almost immediately.  The info about the bodies not being moved is delivered by the psychic and barely treated as a surprise.  This is most likely the result of it being over twenty minutes shorter than the 1982 version.  There is one major improvement though.  As soon as they get the girl back, the false “this house is clean” is out there for about a minute before it’s taken back then the family gets the fuck out.  I admire the simple, realistic logic of that.

If you want to hear more about the 1982 Poltergeist, check out the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on it here and I will be back with another review tomorrow.

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