“They’re heeeeere.” Poltergeist is back! Just like the original 1982 horror film, by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, television is a conduit from the spirit world, but in 2015 screens are bigger, and there are screens throughout the house, plus we have smartphones. “The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids,” says producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead). “It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.”
Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) vowed to get the contemporary reboot absolutely right, “Whenever someone approaches material that’s so beloved, there’s a reflexive reaction to be worried,” Kenan said. “It’s a responsibility we take very seriously. We’re working to make a Poltergeist film that lives up to the original’s legacy.”
Screenplay is by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist David Lindsay-Abaire with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt playing the unsuspecting parents of a family that have just settled into a haunted house when the pesky ghosts steal their daughter. They ask for help from a famous supernatural researcher and clairvoyant, played by Jared Harris (Mad Men). But can they rescue her before she disappears for ever?
“The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win their daughter back,” says Kenan. “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.”
The film hits cinemas on July 24.
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