I finally get to watch the new Poltergeist. I don’t know why they had to remake this film. The original was so good. Because of this, I couldn’t help comparing this movie to the original.
Comparing with Original Poltergeist (Spoiler Warning!!)
The movie is pretty much remake of the original story. The story line is pretty same except of few small minor details which doesn’t make the movie better or worse. For example, when the little girl was trapped inside the TV, in the original, the mom went inside the portal to rescue her. In new Poltergeist, her little brother went in and rescued her.
The movie tried to bring more human drama to the story by talking about how the family was going through some financial problem, but it didn’t really add to the story much.
In original Poltergeist, the fact that house was built over the grave was the big surprise ending of the movie. But in new Poltergeist, they gave it away first thing in the movie, so it became very predictable. I am not sure why they did that.
In original Poltergeist, TV is base of story line. The little girl was trapped inside the TV screen. Also it seems like TV is portal between the spirit world and the real world. In new Poltergeist, they update the story to bit of modern time by involving smart phone and tablets. There’s a sequence where the oldest daughter, Kendra, experiences some strange interference on her iPhone, and another where the mom’s tablet is acting weird.
Also clown scene is more of iconic scene in the movie. It felt like it was the most scariest scene in the movie. In comparing both clown scenes, it felt like the original was more scarier.
Anyway, the original Poltergeist was far better movie and this new Poltergeist is another way Hollywood to make some quick cash. I rather watch the original again. What do you guys think?
In the Nutshell
I’m not sure why they have to remake the classic horror film. I give 1 out of 5 stars.
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Rotten Tomato Rating: 31% / 22%
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