1982’s Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written by Steven Spielberg, is considered a horror movie classic. Utilizing a trope seen in many current horror films, “The Child As The Ghost’s Vessel”, the film starred Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne. But one of the many highlights of the film is spiritual medium Tangina Barrons, portrayed by Zelda Rubenstein, who became a trope as well: “Ghost Guru(s) Saves Possessed Children” (See: The Conjuring, Insidious). What makes the film such a horror movie masterpiece is its ability to quickly rationalize the horrors inflicted on the family: “You see, there’s a cemetery underneath your home. Which means…you’re f#$ked!”.
The latest iteration stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie Dewitt, and Kennedi Clements as Madison Bowen, our Carol Anne for the film. The setup appears to be the same, which leaves only one question: “But why?”. As stated before on this site, cha-ching!!! Or maybe someone lost a bet.
Quite honestly, skip this and watch the original. Because we all know what happens with unnecessary remakes: “Torrent, Netflix, or Kill”.