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First images from the Poltergeist remake are Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere

February 4th, 2015 by Marc Comments


MGM and 20th Century Fox have just released the first images from the Poltergeist reboot and, despite what Sam Rockwell said a few weeks ago (here) about it being a kids’ movie, this looks pretty faithful and, dare we say it, scary.

Monster House director and helmer here, Gil Kenan, has spoken a bit about the remake: “It’s a responsibility we [he and producer Sam Raimi] take very seriously. We’re working to make a Poltergeist film that lives up to the original’s legacy.

“Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It’s the way to anchor the family. It’s such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond.”

This time out, the child who is taken is called Madison Bowen (8-year-old Kennedi Clements) and where the original was about tv, this one has much, much more scope. Producer Raimi said: “The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids. It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.”

Concluding, Kenan added: “The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win Madison back. The film is super-scary. And it’s scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world.”

Poltergeist also stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams and  will arrive on July 24th, 2016.

Source: USAToday

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….