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"Poltergeist" remake will be a kids' movie

Writer: Florey DM


One of the scenes in the original "Poltergeist".

15 Jan – Not so good news for horror movie fans, the upcoming "Poltergeist" remake may not be one of the scariest movies of 2015 after all.

In an interview with Collider, main actor Sam Rockwell revealed that "it's more of a kids' movie."

Some adjustment to the movie's horror tone is expected since it did receive a PG-13 rating. However, for it to be mellow enough to be considered a kids' movie, there might not be much horror waiting inside it to jump out at the audience then.

This is a downer for anyone who has been hoping that despite its rating, it will follow the original 1982 Steven Spielberg film, which was also rated PG but only because Spielberg managed to coax the MPAA to change the rating from R to PG; the storyline was still not one recommended as fun time material for babysitters.


No kid who watched "Poltergeist" could look at a closet the same way again.

"The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it's really through his point-of-view," said Rockwell of the remake.

"It's not like "Conjuring" type of scary," he added. "You know, it's a different kind of movie. It's more of an adventure. It's essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original "Poltergeist" is too."

Rockwell is joined by Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Jane Adams in the upcoming remake.

"Poltergeist" creeps into cinemas on 23 July 2015.


Cinema Online, 15 January 2015

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