IAB’S NIGHT TERRORS – “Poltergeist” (2015) IAB’S NIGHT TERRORS – “Poltergeist” (2015)
What do you get, when IAB - a dedicated fan of the original film, takes on the remake/boot of "Poltergeist"? Well - you get... IAB’S NIGHT TERRORS – “Poltergeist” (2015)

(author’s note: I was originally planning to save this for October – Horror month – but then I thought: what the hell – I’ll save that month for some potentially more quality releases, so here goes. There are “SPOILERS”, but if you’ve seen the original, not really spoiling anything:)

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POLTERGEIST (2015)
Director: Gil Kenan
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire

Where to start, when reviewing a “reboot” based on a film that has been pretty much cemented it’s “classic”-status decades ago? As I’ve stated multiple times – on podcasts and elsewhere – the original “Poltergeist” from 1982 was one of the first horror movies I ever saw; part of the triptych of horror films that aired on TV during one summer in the late 80’s that included “The Omen“, “Jaws” and that film. So one could call me permanently biased, as that moment was kind of a major event that partially molded my cinematic tastes.

And because of that, I was pretty damn vocal when this remake/reboot was announced last year. “Why would they do that?”, I said. “The original ‘Poltergeist’ is sacred ground”, I said – even angrier. Okay – I admit that Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures being involved was a bit intriguing and I really did enjoy director Gil Kenan’s film”Monster House“, but minor intrigue does not really mean anything until you see some footage. The teasers and trailers came and outside of a few cool images were really doing nothing for me, some of them I didn’t even bother to watch. But I guess curiosity took the best of me, so as the so-called “extended” version of this film became available(I’ve not seen the theatrical one, but the extended cut looks to have about 8 minutes of more footage in it).

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The Story:

The Bowen family – Eric (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children: Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), Griffin (Kyle Catlett), and Madison (Kennedi Clements) – move into a new home. Eric has just been laid off from the John Deere company, so the family is forced to pick a house that suits their price-range and they get a really good offer on a house, that the realtor promotes by having “lots and lots of closet space” and a huge tree in the backyard. As the family moves in, Griffin spots Madison talking to a closet in her room. Strange occurrences begin to happen: sounds, objects moving, voices, electrical appliances turning on spontaneously. As the parents attend a dinner party held by friends, they learn that the house has been built on an old burial ground. Meanwhile the spirits at the house launch a full-scale attack, luring & locking Kendra in the basement, the tree crashing in through the window and holding on to Griffin, while Madison is lured into the closet and she disappears. As Eric and Amy return home, a frantic search for Madison begins – until Griffin hears her voice from the TV.

As nobody else would believe their story, Amy turns to Dr. Brooke Powell (Jane Addams), a paranormal researcher at the local University. Powell and her research team – Sophie (Susan Heyward) and Boyd (Nicholas Braun) – arrive at the house and are quickly stripped from any doubt that some malevolent spirits are behind all of the family’s torment. As they manage to contact Madison through the TV, her spirit is chased upstairs to her bedroom and into the closet. Eric angrily throws a table at the closet, opening a portal that transports the table through roof of the downstairs living room. Powell deduces that Madison is trapped in a dimension between our world and the spirit world and she needs some help in order to resolve this.

She calls Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris) an old colleague as well as her ex-husband, who has his own reality TV-show where he exorcises or communicates with spirits. But the show is not a hoax; Carrigan IS, in fact, a powerful medium and the only person who can help bring Madison back from the other side, before the trapped spirits use her to get into the afterlife…

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So, there you have it; it’s pretty much the same story as before. Instead of trying some in-depth analysis of the film and it’s themes, let’s go right ahead into the points where the filmmakers totally dropped the ball here:

1) That fine line between “reboot” and “copy & paste”

Does it really make a film qualify as a “reboot”, when you just change the names of the characters but actually tell pretty much the same story as before, even leaving large chunks of the dialogue from the original almost verbatim in the film? This is most apparent in the scene, where the Paranormal investigative team from the university arrives to the house; I swear they are almost using pages from the original script by Steven Spielberg(who does get a “based on the original screenplay by“-credit). I almost expected someone to address the family as “Freelings” at some point.

Maybe that is just that typical Hollywood studio note: “make it different, but still make it pretty much the same as before“….

There actually are some conflicting statements in the Internet about this film; some sources call it just a remake and some call it a reboot. Nevertheless, the repeated dialogue just sounds weird, especially when considering that they DID try to do some stuff differently. But that actually covers our next point:

2) Exactly what kind of a film were they planning to make?

This film has a wildly schizophrenic feel all over it. While watching, I actually got a feeling, that Kenan was actually TRYING to make a completely different film during pre-production, but a couple of days before shooting he was told that: “no, you can’t make the film focus on the kids – we paid these grown-up actors a lot of money, so you have to keep them on the screen.”

It’s pretty obvious that “Monster House” was the main reason Kenan was hired to make this film in the first place: the house coming to life, going after the kids while the parents seem oblivious to these happenings is practically what the plot of that film was too. And it’s in the scenes that focus on the kids when this film actually has some life in it. There are moments, when Griffin and Madison are first intrigued but kind of scared of the occurrences in the house and later full-on terrorized by them, when the film almost feels like a live-action version of “Monster House“(especially during the “abduction scene” with the big tree holding onto Griffin, while the house uses Madison’s favorite toy to lure her into the closet – all the while Kendra has been lured to the basement and is almost sucked into the rotten ground) and is actually rolling on nicely, but then:

We cut to scenes with the grown-ups and you can really see that Kenan really didn’t even bother to give them much direction. While hanging out with them, the film feels totally void of real emotion or drama – with one exception: Jared Harris’ medium Carrigan Burke. But that can partially be explained with the fact that Burke is kind of a child at heart himself. And of course with the fact that Harris is one helluva actor. But outside of that?
The team of parapsychologists are kinda non-entities compared to the ones in the original film. In the original, all of them were given moments to shine, especially Beatrice Straight as Dr.Lesh. Here it seems that they hired Jane Adams for the part in hopes that she would bring some of her usual independent film-quirkiness into this….but no: the only interesting thing about her character is that she was once married to Burke. And that’s it. The other two members of the team don’t really even register.

And then there’s the case of the Parents:

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3) Aren’t we supposed to care for these people?

Remember the Freelings? Remember the chemistry between Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams as Steven and Diane Freeling? How charming and kooky they were? And the way they actually kinda thought that all this paranormal stuff was kinda cool, before it all went to hell and how shocked and traumatized – and desperate –  they became after that? Goddammit, you rooted for them to get their daughter back from the Other Side and their family back together.

Well – there is none of that in this film, because the Bowens? They are – for a lack of a better word – assholes. The father, Eric, starts the movie as unemployed, whiny, angry at the world. He lashes his frustration at the family, to the point where he’s almost bullying his son for being so scared of everything. There’s one slight little hint at backstory in a throwaway line his wife says to him about there being a “high-school team in the town he could coach” – I guess that would mean he’s a former Jock of some sorts, and basically ashamed that his son is a cowardly nerd. Which actually makes him even more unlikable. His big moment of being a family man actually consists of him maxing out his last credit card and buying stuff for the family so they’d love him. Oh yeah.

The mother, Amy, doesn’t fare any better. She talks about “starting to write a book” while she stays at home, but this never materializes, and she actually confesses that this is all just a pipe dream, and she really does not know what to do with her life. Remember the great scene in the original, how Diane Freeling dealt with the death of Carol Anne’s bird, arranging a nice funeral and all? And the way Diane and Carol Anne were excited by the phenomenons at first and were exploring those together? There’s none of that here; Amy is totally emotionally detached from her kids, and does not care when they rave about the mystical occurrences in the house. In fact, when Griffin is rambling about it, she calls him “a big baby“. What the fuck?

And actually, after that scene, the parents are talking in bed about how “they should have stopped at two kids“, but correcting by saying “the youngest is okay, it’s the middle one that’s the problem“. I shit you not – it was at this moment when this reviewer almost stopped the film and switched to the original just to wash the taste of this down.

And the situation is not helped by the fact that both Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell totally sleepwalk through the movie. There’s no sense of emotional attachment from either of them – in the end they’re just reacting to VFX. It’s really sad to see Rockwell, who you can usually rely on to bring at least some quirky characteristics to ANY part he plays, look this lost in a movie. I really hope this is an isolated incident, and not a sign of Rockwell entering a “Bruce Willis”-phase in his career.

4) The great moments from the original are totally watered down

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So yeah, a little rundown:

  • The great “chairs piling up in a single shot”-moment? Nope – here it’s Griffin’s comic books that get piled up in a CGI formation. But this is done in cuts, totally diminishing the effect of it all happening in a one-er.
  • The great shot of the children’s room being a crazy vortex of toys as the paranormal team first opens the door? Nope. One of them gets electrocuted by the railing end post, and one gets a chair pulled from under him inside the room.
  • The moment when the poor guy hallucinates about peeling his face off in the bathroom? Nope. We get a lame scene featuring a power drill, that’s basically just there for a 3D effect.
  • The mother going through the portal to save her daughter, and the last embrace before it? Nope. As the parents are totally useless, it’s actually the son, Griffin, who goes through(as he’s the only one who seems to care for Madison anyways)
  • This house is clean” – deduced to a catchphrase that Burke uses in his TV show.
  • The great ending zinger of: “You only moved the headstones!!!” Nope – as Eric is unemployed and in no way connected to the development of the residential area, this becomes a throwaway line by Burke.

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In short(yeah right, as if this article is short): a movie balancing between remake and reboot but not really finding a footing on either side, with some horribly misguided characterizations. Bright side to all of this? The original is still out there, and the most recent “25th Anniversary” DVD/Blu-Ray release has a damn good-looking transfer. Go see that – don’t waste your time and/or money on this.

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I Am Better

Coming from the frozen wastelands of Finnish tundra. Mr. Better seeks warmth from his television & home theater and all the wonders they provide. He occasionally dabbles in the arts of drawing and photography.

  • Infinite Zissou

    Wasn’t Insidious already a Poltergeist remake? Kind of?

  • Infinite Zissou

    A good 2015 movie with Rockwell and DeWitt is Digging for Fire.

  • Yup

  • Infinite Zissou

    Your copy and paste section pretty much sums up how I feel about remakes.

  • Infinite Zissou

    Sam Raimi makes some weird career choices.

  • Infinite Zissou

    I guess this one is just so he can refurnish his house or something.

  • I’ll have to check that, just to prove to myself that they still have it.

  • Infinite Zissou

    My understanding is that he’s only directing the pilot for the new Evil Dead series, too? What’s the deal with that?

  • I think he really had nothing to do with this. Just by name only

  • Setting the tone. I really wished that he’d direct the whole thing too, but we’ll see

  • Stalkeye

    I heard of this Remake awhile ago and rightfully steered clear from it.
    he only thing “Horrific” about this movie is the scary fact that Hollywood is creatively bankrupt, ergo they do the reboot route if not franchise adaptations from Books, Comics and Videogames. Now “Nostalgia” is the big thing…oh, wait they have been doing it for quite some time!!

  • Infinite Zissou

    I get the sense that Raimi doesn’t still have the affinity for that world that everyone else does.

  • belly up

    Madison (hate that name) is going to need some serious therapy…

  • belly up

    Jared Harris is great.

  • He really is. Outside of the two youngest kids, he seems to be the only one here taking things seriously.

  • belly up

    Oh, IAB. I do enjoy your writing! This was an excellent point by point deconstruction of a shitty reboot! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  • belly up

    So true.

  • belly up

    Lol! *shrugs* whatever works…

  • Thank you. Better to go with “IAB” here though – there’s another character called Finn that this site’s contributors have some ill memories of 😉

  • belly up

    Amy? I’m seriously disturbed by the names. >:(

  • belly up

    Fixed!

  • Outside of the Hellraiser reboot, this was the other remake I was the most critical of. I’m not sure what possessed me to watch it, but I did, and… I kind of enjoyed it. While I pretended it wasn’t a remake, in its own it was okay and could have been a lot worse. But Sam…. You’re still too talented to be slumming it yet. Be a bit more choosy in the future.

  • Thanks. That other guy wasn’t even finnish.

  • I gotta believe that he starred in this just to get some funding for some really cool independent project

  • belly up

    Pffft. Poser.

  • belly up

    Right? That or to fund a severe cocaine habit.

  • It’s not the 80’s anymore. But a lot of the 80’s can be explained by that though

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    It’s all very meh. Not bad, just a bit pointless.

  • I could’ve just published the first two and the last paragraph and that would’ve pretty much covered it, but I couldn’t stay silent, lol

  • Tarmac492.1

    I want to bang RoseMarie DeWitt. That is worth something.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Nothing wrong with that, I say. To each his own.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Nice review IAB. Sounds like this will be an accidental watch for me. Fuck this. That chair trick in the original is the best. And the original family was classic Spielberg family. You know, fairly realistic. Always loved the clutter in those films.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Agreed.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Insidious–the first one–I found quite scary. The 2nd one put me to sleep.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I would probably care more for the characters in that tv show A Haunting then I do these characters.

  • Tarmac492.1

    You have just summed up my life.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Also, most tv stations dont sign off anymore. You just get the unmitigated horror of infomercials!!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    The last shot of the original is classic.

  • Here it’s either that or some horrible chat gameshows

  • Yyup

  • God, that movie has such an ugly look too. I don’t think Rockwell’s bad acting is necessarily his fault. So much of the quality of the acting is dependent on the script and even more on the director.

  • Like I stated, I think that Kenan really wanted to focus on the kids’ POV

  • Tarmac492.1

    Big name cast in that. Are the big stars mostly cameos? I am perplexed by seeing Orlando Bloom listed in that.

  • I also could’ve commented on the tagline of that poster with: “ah, no they don’t”

  • Tarmac492.1

    Zelda’s “It knows what scares you.” was effective in the original.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I bet the score in the original was better?

  • Tarmac492.1

    I would rather rewatch Wise’s The Haunting.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Or the Legend of Hell House. Soon to be renamed the Legend of Heck House.

  • Tarmac492.1

    $3 Quesadilla Day at work.

  • That’s a fucking great film.

  • I liked that too.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Yeah, this is no ‘Salem’s Lot. Mason mocking “a priest” as the Master stands behind him is worth 10 million in CGI effects.

  • I actually can’t even remember what the score in this was like

  • Tarmac492.1

    Have you read Shirley Jackson’s book?

  • No. Haven’t found it anywhere.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Any Finnish horror? You would think a long dark winter would be fertile ground for horror?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Quiet horror but beautifully written.

  • Not that much, really. I guess it’s not “bankable” enough.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Tobe Hooper should have “directed” the remake his way.

  • The problem with that would be that what was “PG” in 1982 is nowhere near the “PG-13” of now

  • Tarmac492.1

    Do the parents let the son jump through the dimension after the sister? If so, they just as repugnant as Guy Woodhouse from Rosemary’s(Not Dewitt) Baby.

  • Well, yes. Just proves that the movie should’ve just focused on the kid as the parents are really useless

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great Atmosphere. Good Matheson book, as well.

  • Tarmac492.1

    They are actually disgusting people. Much worse than the Ghosts.

  • The movie really has that “Hammer Films”-type look, which I like

  • Tarmac492.1

    Maybe it should be one of your October Night Terrors?

  • CoolHandJuke

    I liked the original cause the mom was a total whore…

  • Maybe. I actually almost had it in my first Night Terrors’es last October

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    He seems to be great in a lot of bad movies

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    The 80s may be gone, but cocaine is not

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Pho Yen today folks for lunch! Phoenix Chicken with a bowl of beef brisket strips Pho! WooooooHooooo

  • I was hoping for the pot smoking.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Probably because of the name.

  • Stalkeye

    “Legend of Heck House”? Now that’s scary!!

  • Stalkeye

    Speaking of Hammer….X:

  • That was such a funny scene. “Before, after – before, after…” XD

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No interest in watching this garbage. As soon as I saw they’d replaced the dumpy, eccentric little female exorcist with a conventional Irish priest stock character, I knew it’d be terrible and by-the-numbers.

    Tell me, is the guy a lapsed Catholic who drinks whiskey to excess and then redeems himself in the eyes of the Lord by expelling the ghosts?

  • He’s not actually a priest. Not even an alcoholic. He’s just very good at what he does, and has the scars to prove it

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Oh well…Still don’t have any interest in seeing it, though. I’ll stick with the original.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Jo Beth Williams was what they call a “yummy mommy”. Great legs.

  • KilliK

    word

  • Bad Alien

    He likes to bang hot chicks. So make that part of your analysis.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    When will we get a remake of ‘Salem’s Lot, do you think? I thought that one would be a shoe-in for the remake treatment.

    Yes, I know there already was a poor TV redo starring Rutger Hauer, but that hardly counts…although the original was made-for-TV, as well. Perhaps the idea of an isolated small town is too unrealistic in today’s interconnected, 24/7 world.

  • KilliK

    Fuck you Sam Raimi. I have lost my respect for you.

  • Bad Alien

    I might see this film. It looks pretty decent. Attractive cast. You say it’s that bad? The original poltergeist I haven’t seen in years but those movies may be the scariest non-R rated films ever made. I can’t think of anything scarier. Well…maybe one…but these were way up there. Sounds like they wanted to turn around something cheap and make a boat load like Paranormal Activity but couldn’t completely ape Paranormal’s style – I’m not sure why not they may as well have instead of pillaging this source material for their crap. But anyways…nice article by IAB. Thank you

  • Purely a physical and optical effect, this. And it beats everything on the remake all to hell

  • Thanks. I rarely rant this much, but it had to be done.

  • The Legend of that Darn House

  • Stalkeye

    The Legend of Geewilickers, Gos darnet Do hicky, Dagnamitt House.

  • Tarmac492.1

    She dressed fairly sexy in the movie, too. Yeah, I love that shot. On par with the JAWS shot.

  • Stalkeye

    That scene freaked me out! “PG”, my Ass!!

  • Stalkeye

    Dead Snow. But it has “Zombies”!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    Yes it would be tough. You could easily have it set in the 70’s still. I had high hopes for the remake, but……. Even though they changed Barlow from the book to the Nosferatu I think it worked splendidly in the ’79 version–a seldom seen demon that is talked about more than anything. When he shows up, however, quite gripping and powerful. The sound effects of hisses and growls is quite brutal and frightening. Poor Ned Tibbets.

  • XD

  • Yeah, that’s definitely Hooper’s

  • franks_television

    Very good article. Not particularly interested in seeing this remake. As I understand it, it would only be a reboot if they came out with at least one sequel to it? Or is a reboot just not as closely associated with the original story as a remake?

  • It’s all very confusing

  • Again: that’s Norway, mang…;)

  • Stalkeye

    He was somewhat on a roll back during the 80’s. (If you also count Lifeforce.) Whadefuck happened to his short lived career?

  • Flop after flop, I guess. I actually thought his “Toolbox Murders”-remake from 2003 was actually pretty goddamn creepy

  • Stalkeye
  • Simple memorization: IAB – Finland, Razzbender – Norway

  • Stalkeye

    Who’s “Razzbender”? 😛

  • Michael Razzbender, the legendary Norwegian troll of Derek Vinyard.

  • Stalkeye

    I knew that. That Bleeding sentences Fucker hasn’t been around for ages.

  • He’s been Twitter and Facebook exclusive for months. He’s lurking though…

  • Another helpful tip. In the map of Scandinavia, we here in Finland are the Balls:
    http://i.imgur.com/hyLRDo1.jpg

  • Tarmac492.1

    TCM, EATEN ALIVE(DECENT) ‘SALEM’s LOT, FUNHOUSE, POLTERGEIST a pretty gnarly roll.

  • Tarmac492.1

    where in Finland are you?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Cool. Near the shoreline. I love the beach in winter.

  • Stalkeye

    Tell him to “Jump in, the waters fine”!

  • Tarmac492.1

    lol!!!! When does first snow usually come? October or November?

  • Used to be around November. Lately – December/January. Yeah, what “Climate Change”?

  • Tarmac492.1

    The whole world is fucked up and all the rich, powerful assholes just want to label everything to control our lives more. Cunts.

  • Preach, brotha

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I never thought Hooper was as bad as horror fans made him out to be, especially in the seventies and eighties. Yeah, he never did anything as brilliant as TCM again, but he did have a solid run of movies during that era. Let’s face it; a lot of Romero’s films outside of the Dead trilogy, Creepshow, and Martin were fairly mediocre, too.

    Hooper isn’t totally out place being ranked next to Carpenter, Romero, Craven and Cronenberg during his heyday.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    TCM 2 was fun, too, and Lifeforce worth it just for Mathilda May’s tits alone.

  • Tarmac492.1

    True. If that chick wasnt naked the movie would have been a failure. A definite misfire. But agreed. He had a nice run.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Some say Stephen King wrote these “harder” scenes (face tearing and the corpses in the swimming pool), and that they were holdovers from an earlier screenplay draft of the movie penned by him. Well, that’s the rumor, anyway.

  • Tarmac492.1

    If I said “what’s the difference what would be the % of Fins and Norwegians out to get me?”

  • Tarmac492.1

    Didnt king and spielberg always have these flirtations that never came to? Man, it would have been great to have them do something together in the 70’s or early 80s. I also lament the never realized Romero The Stand and Pet Semetary.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I remember my mother trying to shield my eyes with that and raiders of the lost ark. Then her being disturbed that it didnt disturb me.

  • KilliK

    but Poltergeist was directed by Spielberg..

  • KilliK

    yep. crap film saved by one of the best pair of boobs in film history.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yep, quite a few. This was one of them, but Spielberg also came very close to directing an adaptation of “The Talisman”, and paperback editions in 1985 bore the legend “soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg” on the cover. That would have been an amazing film, as Spielberg was in his prime for fantasy back then. I guess it would have came out between Color Purple and Empire of the Sun had it gone ahead.

    Also, the miniseries Rose Red (which is kind of a Haunting rip-off) was originally a collaboration between the two as well, but they couldn’t agree on the tone (Spielberg wanted more action; King wanted more horror) and King eventually bought back the rights to the script and proceeded on his own. Instead, Spielberg went on to produce a literal remake of The Haunting, which as we all know was shockingly bad.

    You’d think the two would’ve been natural collaborators, as King was practically the literary equivalent of Spielberg in the eighties. But I honestly think Spielberg was too family-oriented during that time, and very self-conscious of being so, to gel with King. King’s books had the same appeal to younger people but they weren’t really “safe”, and contained a lot of weird shit, graphic violence, and sexual content. Even Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was too much for Spielberg during this period!

    I do think Spielberg might’ve done a good job with IT, though, as it involves kids and a coming-of-age story. But again it was probably too gory and nasty for the cuddly, Amblin era ‘Berg – schmaltz like Batteries Not Included and that Twilight Zone segment about the old folks was more to his tastes then.

  • KilliK

    those are Spielberg’s hands btw.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Best tits in a mainstream movie: Mathilda May in Lifeforce, Jennifer Connelly in The Hot Spot, that chick in Dellamorte Dellamore, Jamie Lee Curtis in Trading Places…

    Actually, there are way too many to mention; this could go on all day.

  • Bad Alien

    You should review the original three films starting with III ….. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSE

  • I’d also say a reboot is more a franchise thing. Well, on the other hand, Poltergeist had two sequels.

  • Did she shield your eyes when they opened the ark? That would have made sense.

  • ponyboy_360

    Well, I already know you know your film.
    That was a damn great read.
    Big time props.
    I agree on all points.
    I have to watch everything.
    My film OCD, I wish I hadn’t seen this newest instalment.
    & I mean, my man Sam Rockwell.
    Just did this for a paycheque.
    It was so disheartening to watch.
    I hate this tripe.
    I kept nodding to all your points as I read.
    GREAT point on the 25th Ann. blu!
    Terrific transfer, people that are fans of the original.
    Should ppreciate that you mention that.
    Cheers bud.

  • Tarmac492.1

    bingo. i remember her hating the blood from the propellor, as well but she was too slow. she also screamed at the end of big trouble in little china when the monster came up on the truck. madness

  • Tarmac492.1

    agreed about IT. alrhough it would have been different and possibly schmaltzy a late 70s spielberg directing the shining. Spielberg knew how to scare people.

  • The original was one of the first movies to really put the shits up me and pretty much put me off the whole genre for good. And am I right in saying the little girl died quite young?

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Knew it. I knew this one would blow chunks!

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Does Rockwell have kids? 9 times out of 10, they’re doing it to pay for there kids college fees.

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Hell yes. “Back Shaman! Back!”

  • Coupon: The Movie

    That guy scared the crap out of me as a kid. The setup with the two moving guys trying to move his “box” in and realizing its ice cold really sold it too.

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Of course it is. You can’t improve on Jerry Goldsmith.

  • Coupon: The Movie

    It can’t last. Too many people around the world are getting more and more pissed off. More everyday. There’s going to be a tipping point.

  • ErnestRister

    “My dearest Lucy…I had the strangest night last night, my first here at the Castle of Count Dracula. After being warned by the locals that Count Dracula is actually a vampyre, which I dismiss as obvious local rubbish superstition, I arrived at his castle and met the man himself. Besides being ghastly pale, with bat-like ears and giant protruding fangs, and aside from his strange lust for my blood after an unfortunate accident with the cutlery, and the curious phenomenon where he doesn’t appear in any reflective surfaces, I find him to be a typical Eastern European. I hope to settle his request for multiple housing properties in London soon. He was very taken with your photograph, and at his request, after he finished sucking the blood off of my wounded thumb, I provided him with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, social security number, work schedule, GoogleMap location, skype password, twitter account, HBO GO account info, and the security code to the front door. Then, as I was settling in for bed, he gave a crying babe to three women he called his brides, and they kissed the babe with such fervor and glee, the babe quickly ceased to cry and melted to sleep in their arms. Tis a very a strange and peculiar place, and my eyes seemed to play a ruse on my brain, for I thought I saw the noble Count climbing the outside walls and transmuting himself into a flying rodent. What a curious lark I am having!

    Yours, Johnathan Harker”

  • Tarmac492.1

    Love that scene. Very inventive tension. “Come on, let’s pry it open.” I totally remember running out of scary places quickly when I was a kid, almost feeling that proverbial “thing’s” hand grab you. You know those dudes felt that scampering up those basement steps in the Marsten House.

  • Tarmac492.1

    In a few weeks I will do my annual watching of it. Love it!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    LOL!! Harker not the sharpest tool in the shed??? The perfect company man.

  • Tarmac492.1

    All the best priests are alcoholics.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Have you ever been to Russia? How fortified is that border?

  • ErnestRister

    I’m watching Herzog’s Nosferatu, Harker is a moron.

  • Tarmac492.1

    sadly, yes. The so called Poltergeist curse. The older sister was tragically strangled by her boyfriend soon after the release of the film, as well.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Very bad sequels. The old man was scary in Part 2, but beyond that? And the skyscraper one? Yikes.

  • Wow really!? I did not know that

  • Haven’t been nor are planning to. That border is not really fortified – those fuckers can roll in any time they choose to. Well, they can TRY….

  • Stalkeye

    So Kgirl, I take it that you’re into K-Pop?

  • Stalkeye

    That was some Cray Shit.

    As they say…

  • Oh, no. The K=Kowhai

  • Stalkeye

    Wut?? LOL I must have been hiding under a rock!

  • Sequels still better than this film

  • Stalkeye
  • ErnestRister
  • Part 2 had some cool Giger designs but the execution lacked.

  • Lol, never seen them?

  • Stalkeye

    As Lana would often say…

  • Tarmac492.1

    The creepy old man was creepy.

  • That one was real.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Judging by wikipedia, he seemed like a fairly odd guy.

  • Sagamanus

    The thing about shooting films like this, is that the suburbia of the time looked almost like they were grafting houses on a frontier landscape, invading someone’s graveyard. It seemed almost alien consuming. Not to mention the premise had a greater fascination then as super commercial films were just years out of the gate. Today you might as well convince me to take part in a seance. Something that had interest for people at the turn of the century. On top of all that. The camerawork and the dull cinematography. Cheap scares and bombastic music that make up the corpus of modern horror films. They need to film this like it was Grapes of Wrath and the privation of people was greater. They need to use cameras and lenses like they were scrounging a store left untouched from the seventies. That and get someone with more delicacy and tact. Probably not going to happen.