Friday Night Frights: "Poltergeist" (2015) | Movie Review

Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 22, 2015
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Welcome back to Friday Night Frights! This week we are finishing our journey through the Poltergeist franchise (you can find the rest of the reviews here).

Oh, remakes... Where would we be without them? Oh wait, we would have more original movies. If you've been watching my YouTube channel for some time, you probably know I am not a fan of remakes, I even talked about my feelings when it comes to sequels and remakes in this video. Though some exceptions definitely exist, the 2015 Poltergeist is not one of them. Sitting down to watch it, one might have a glimmer of hope because of Sam Rockwell that goes something like "it can't be THAT bad, can it?" Well... I found out that it can, and even Sam Rockwell can't save it.

What's the best part of this movie, aside from Sam Rockwell's presence? A quick moment involving a possessed squirrel. And as far as Sam Rockwell goes, he doesn't really get to do anything exciting here to begin with. This Poltergeist remake takes the original film and fails at updating it to a current setting while simultaneously taking any kind of charm out of it. Now, if you've read my review of the original film, you know that I'm not as much of a fan of it as a lot of people, but compared to the remake—it's a masterpiece. Gone are relatable characters, pot-smoking parents (we can't have that in 2015), and even the plot makes less sense. I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how this family can afford ANYTHING if not a single person has a job, especially when this is made very clear in the movie.

This film lacks the tension and buildup, but it tries to make up for that in jump scares. It lacks memorable characters or any kind of relevancy. There is nobody I can recommend the Poltergeist remake to, it's exactly what you would expect it to be—an attempt at a cash grab that doesn't actually have anything to offer. Just watch the original instead. 


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