Film Review: Poltergeist (2015) – Was it worth the hype? I don’t think so.

Kennedi Clements Poltergeist 2015

Director: Gil Kenan
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Kennedi Clements
Duration: 93 minutes

Being an obsessive fan of the genre I will literally watch everything and anything that has the premise of possibly scaring the crap out of me. I actually only heard about the Poltergeist remake about four months ago (which surprised me as I’m usually ‘up there’ with the latest horror goss) but I was no less thrilled by the news. A lot of people refuse to watch remakes especially when the original is well-known and well-loved and I can’t blame them BUT having a degree in Media and Film studies, I have learnt (sometimes the hard way) that although rare it’s possible that a gem can be found in a movie that you have no expectations of (think Lake Mungo 2008 or Grave Encounters 2011).

I went to the cinema during opening week with my horror companion (aka Mum) with an open mind and dear God did we need one. I will probably be slandered to admit that although I enjoyed Poltergeist (1982) I was never a huge fan and I was hoping that with a few improved cinematic effects and perhaps some hidden scares along the way, it was one remake they could have improved upon.

Clown from Poltergeist 2015

No.

It was like I was sat in a cinema from the eighties and unlike It Follows that purposely gives off the impression of being an old-school yet cool and original horror flick, Poltergeist (2015) was meant to be a fresh remake. But absolutely nothing is added to the table, everything was a repetition from thirty years ago but less impressive. Poltergeist almost sent me to sleep.

I wasn’t impressed much by the acting and the script left everything to be desired. Sam Rockwell was quite awkward to watch and Kyle Catlett didn’t impress me either, which is a shame, as I loved him in The Following. It all felt very unbelievable and for me a movie based on the paranormal can only be hair-raisingly-scary if it’s plausible.

Poltergeist currently has 5.2 stars on IMDB and I’m shocked that it’s been rated this highly. Perhaps I am being a little hasty but I wouldn’t recommend this movie unless it’s on TV and you can watch it with the lights off, curtains pulled and the option to switch over if necessary.

Verdict: 1.5 out of 5

One star for the added scene with the clown, and the .5 for Kennedi Clements because she is so cute.

Reviewed by Steph Boddy

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