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.