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Poltergeist (2015)
Posted on July 7, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: May 22, 2015

Director: Gil Kenan

Overall Rating: Ugly

In this update to the acclaimed Poltergeist film from 1982, a family moves into a home where they’re confronted by supernatural spirits who take their youngest child.

The Good

The performances here are solid but it’s hard not to judge everyone against their counterpart’s performances from the original Poltergeist. Everyone here is doing their job, though. While not turning in iconic performances, the cast are all still enjoyable to watch.

The Bad

Poltergeist is in a real big hurry to get where it’s going. You get the feeling this movie wants to be over just as much as you want it to be over. It quickly introduces us to the characters and, just as quickly, introduces us to the spirits that are inhabiting the family’s home. There’s no wonder in this movie and, worse, there’s no fear because we already know every beat that this movie hits.

The Ugly

We have the same things going on here as in the first Poltergeist. There’s a creepy clown doll. There’s an old, scary tree outside the young boy’s bedroom window. There’s a TV on the fritz. But none of these things feel as authentic here. Instead, they feel more like replicas. In the end, that’s all Poltergeist is. A replica. It’s a fairly adequate replica, though, and may be worth a watch if only to remind you just how good the original Poltergeist is.

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