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POLTERGEIST Remake In The Works With Sam Raimi Producing

Nordling here.

I'd been putting off writing about this, because frankly, the idea of it pisses me off to no end, and I don't like to come at any articles mad about a potential movie.  But I just don't see the logical sense in this, other than trading on a popular movie, known to horror fans the world over, and making box office coin off it.  And it's not like this is coming from out of the blue - this movie's been on the remake block for years now.  But it still cuts a little bit.

Sam Raimi will produce the remake to POLTERGEIST for MGM, along with Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, and Robert Tapert, according to Hollywood Reporter.  He will not, however, be directing, at least for now.  The script is being written by OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL's David Lindsay-Abraire.  It was announced earlier in the week from MGM's Roger Birmbaum that this was happening, but things have solidified since then and the movie is moving forward.

This summer is the 30th anniversary of POLTERGEIST - Ain't It Cool is hosting a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse for the Summer of 1982 event, in fact - and in my opinion the movie hasn't dated a bit, except for a few incidentals.  Everything that works in POLTERGEIST still works, even through the passage of time.  It's still scary, funny, and well-acted.  The whole "Did Tobe Hooper direct it" controversy seems a bit silly to me, honestly, because no matter what, the end result is a horror classic and I'm happy we've got it.  To remake POLTERGEIST, especially today, makes me worried because - oh hell, I'll just say it, if someone makes POLTERGEIST into a found footage movie they need their asses kicked.

Look, I'm certain Raimi and crew will treat the project with respect but I'd much rather see him and his team tackle an original project.  I think DRAG ME TO HELL is a fantastic horror movie, for example, and actually has a lot more going on than many people realize.  I'd much rather see Sam Raimi work on something new, especially after Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon threw down the gauntlet with THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a riff on Raimi's EVIL DEAD if I ever saw one.  It's hard to be optimistic about POLTERGEIST, even with the talent involved.  They better bring their A-game.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • April 28, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Michael

    No earthly (or unearthly) reason to make this exists besides pure, unadulterated greed. Nordling is spot on...Raimi is capable of doing something new, and he should do it.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    But, Alan, Hollywood has bills to pay and mouths to feed!

    by evilnik

  • April 28, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Don't get pissed, here´s why

    by Ditko

    The original will still be there on your shelf for you to watch whenever you feel like. Who fucking cares? Grow up.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by dznutzforu

    Remakes, remakes, remakes. It's scary because it doesn't mean people aren't writing new stories. They are. Go to your local bookstore and walk around. It means that studio executives don't want to take a chance on new stories and that is a sad state to be in. John Carter didn't help. It wasn't new but to the general public it was and it bombed, bigtime. One more nail in the coffin of original properties coming to the big screen. When they start talking about 'Back to the Future' I may become a domestic terrorist.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • April 28, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Wait. Wait. Wait.

    by Rick Webb

    A film is being remade that, if screened today, would still work as perfectly as the day it was originally released?! Can we get a double-bill of POLTERGEIST and an animated remake of AKIRA? That would be swell! *stabs self in the nuts

  • April 28, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Intellectually bankrupt.

  •'ll be sh*t.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    "You son of a bitch!

    by hairlesspet

    You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn't you? You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones! You-only-moved-the-headstones! Lies! Lies!" That about sums up my feelings on the matter of remakes

  • April 28, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Rule Proposal

    by Mr. Lahey

    A remake of a movie should use a different title. This will A) allow the movie to stand on its own B) generate interest in the original when an oblivious viewer finds out it is a remake C) I rarely watch remakes

  • April 28, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Watched Poltergeist last year when I did my own Summer of Spielberg...

    by murray_hamilton

    Great movie. Still works. Leave it the hell alone.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    You summed up the whole article with one line of dialogue. Nice!

  • April 28, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Some movies are OK to remake/reboot. Let me explain

    by Ditko

    I hated the new Friday the 13th and Nightmare because I really wanted to see part 9, part 10, part 23 or whatever. It´s part of the fun! Endless cheesy fun. There was no need to remake Freddy, was it? Hire a hip director, a few cool actor names or whoever is cool nowadays, a good script and just keep going with it. Who needed a reboot? It´s just Freddy, it all comes down to the script and direction. Now, Poltergeist, I never saw it as a franchise. Part 2 and 3 were terrible. So go ahead, remake part 1, I don´t care.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    They remake for our audience

    by bobbofatz

    The prefered audience of youngins dont really know PGST like we do. They do not care like we do. Hopfly they make it great for us and them. Weeee're back, in a limited capacity.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Its been a couple of years since I watched it...

    by lochkray

    But I thought Poltergeist was aging fairly well. Can't see much need for this one.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Old Poltergeist holds up VERY well.

    by spire_walk

    Some parts that still give me the chills after all of these years. Paraphrased: "It liieeees to her. It tells her things only a child would understand... and to her it's simply another child, but to us, it is the beast." Zelda Rubenstein and Peter Dinklage -- two best dwarf actors ever.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    loved Jo Beth Williams in this, and always think....

    by westie

    ...she deserved more recognition for this. I'll probably yet screamed at, but I always thought she ranked close to Ripley and Sarah Connor as a female hero. She was bad Ass. Exemplified a mothers love for her kids.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    If Craig T. Nelson is not in it then FUCK THAT MOVIE!!!!!

    by notcher

  • April 28, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I was born in the same hospital the little girl died in.

    by notcher

    That's my claim to fame!

  • April 28, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Have Chris Young score it. He'll do Goldsmith justsice.

    by darthpigman

    Young is a huge Goldsmith fan. This could be the one nice thing that comes from this bad idea.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    no. for the love of god, no. Ive lost a little respect for Raimi today.

    by Joe Dissolvo

  • April 28, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I lost a lot more respect for him with Spider Man 3

    by ATARI

  • April 28, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Westie, totally agree!

    by notcher

    JoBeth was also smoking hot!!!

  • April 28, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    the logic

    by klytusnotdead

    Hey my little girl was just rescued from hell and I decide to, 1. Stay at the fucken house one more night. 2. Take a fukn bath while they sleep in the same room.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    +100 Respect to Goddard and Whedon for doing something original

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    -1000000000000 Respect to Raimi. What happened to you, Raimi? You used to be cool.

  • I've always felt the original should have been produced by Sam Raimi instead of Steven Spielberg. A movie like that feels like a Sam Raimi movie, so I believe MGM made the right choice. I'm sure Sam will do the film justice and make it creepy. It wouldn't surprise me if they get Bruce Campbell to play Steve Freeling though. Maybe Bruce might even direct the remake himself, any of this is possible...

  • April 28, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by solitaire

    Remaking this is like remaking Raiders, there is no point because you can't improve on it. Everything, from cast to music was perfect, so why set yourself up to fail and lose credibility? If Cabin In The Woods shows us anything, it shows that you can still find original ways to treat familiar stories, so go and make a haunted house movie of your own, but leave Poltergeist alone.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    That's who!

    by batfunk

  • April 28, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    What will the parents be smoking this time

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

  • April 28, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    In the remake...

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    ... the little girl gets sucked into her iPad.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    So much fail...

    by DocPazuzu

    Seriously, how does this make sense? 1) You either remake a perfect movie (which the original more or less is) 2) Or you make a completely different movie but retain the Poltergeist title Again, what is the fucking point here? Drag Me To Hell was great, so why not just make a new haunted house movie with new shit in it? Don't give me that ' ' name recognition ' ' bullshit either, because chances are if someone recognizes the name, they also know how awesome the original is and will hate whatever cookiecutter bullshit the studio will likely serve. Absolute and utter fail.

  • Is it SO HARD to just come up with something new and original!?!?!?

  • April 28, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    I likes the idea of VADIM PERELMAN directing, what happened to that?!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I felt like Vadim Perelman ("House Of Sand And Fog") stood a fair chance of imbuing "Poltergeirst" with good deal of eerie atmosphere and somber realism. He was attatched at one point, which made me believe this remake could have some promise. As for Sam Raimi - no thank you, he's more miss than hit for me.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • April 28, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by Fa Fa Fooey

    A line must be drawn somewhere. And, oh yeah: Aim it at her tits, Eddie.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I wonder if the cast of this remake will start dying tragically?


    Dominique Dunne was asphyxiated by her boyfriend the same year the film came out, and Heather O'Rourke died of septic shock brought on by an ordinary flu. Just saying.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see the attack of the CG tree.

    by Mel

    This will be fucking shit.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    It's useless to bitch about remakes...

    by 11ZOMBIES they will happen no matter what we say. Every movie we love will be remade in our lifetimes. Count on it. Some of the remakes will even be enjoyable.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Agree this is totally pointless.


    If the original didn't stand up today and was crap then maybe it could be remade......but it DOES stand the test of time.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Some films should be remade......but NOT this one.


    I can see a point for remaking something like the Creature from the Black Lagoon or King Kong (even though Jackson fucked that up in parts) but Poltergeist just doesn't need it

  • because then it is not called a 'remake' its a restaging, or an updating....theers nothing wrong with exploring the ideas in a film you love . if anything it keeps it alive for new generations.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    The reason this was so scary was that it was all practical effects

    by Rex Carsalot

    My friends and I spent hours trying to recreate quite a few of them when I was in junior high. CGI...ugh. No thanks.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    The sequels were pretty crap though.


    Haven't seen them for years but I remember them being stupid in parts.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    raimi onboard the cashgrab remake train.

    by vulturess

    hes even producing a remake of his own evil dead movie ffs.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    A Spielberg-less Poltergeist will just be trash.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It'll join the ranks of all the other shit remakes of great horror films: The Omen, Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hitcher, Dawn of the Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, The Haunting etc etc etc

  • April 28, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    plot idea

    by Raymond Shaw

    The remake stars with a tent village of unwashed 99%ers being plowed under to construct an ultra-modern super-condo gated community. Flash forward a couple of years and ghosts of these occupiers are trying to use some teen babe's iphone as a portal to impose socialism on the entire world! But the teen babe gets sucked into her iphone and her boyfriend has to recruit some navy seals to rescue her.... It will be made entirely without CGI, using claymation and cardboard cutouts...

  • April 28, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Didn't they remake this (and part 2) already?

    by Mantula

    The movie was call "Insidious".

  • April 28, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    If It Aint Broke...

    by Sean1701

    Don't try to fix it. 'nuff said.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Raimi epically screwed up Spiderman and Sword of Truth books.

    by Cymbol

    He gets no vote of confidence from me. Sam's name means very little.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Raimi's "Three Stooges" Approach To "Horror/Comedy"

    by Graphix67

    Guess we can expect exploding ghoul-guts splashing victims in the face, heavy objects knocking someone out and at least one zany (played for laughs) dismemberment. Can hardly wait... *SIGH*...

  • April 28, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Did you here they're going to remake Po- NO.

    by 3774

    They're going to- NO. Sam R- NO. But- NO. NO. N. O. NO.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Oh no...

    by ufoclub1977

    This should not be touched. This is the other side of E.T. that summer. You wouldn't let someone remake E.T.? And Sam Raimi's style is so anti "verisimilitude" that this just seems all wrong. He is the master of exploiting the contrived into the spotlight in a humorous way, schlocky garishness. Not a master of the extraordinary in the ordinary familiar world.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Palm. Face. Slap.

    by RobinP

    My knee jerk reaction to this idea is one of unreasoning hatred. That's all I have for now.

  • April 28, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Warren Fahy

    And don't give me that crap about how the original still exists for people to see and the new one will bring a new audience to the old one. We are treating writers, the source of all stories, like punk bitches, beasts of burden who should be hitched to other peoples' wagons to carry someone else's intellectual property instead of their own. Why? Because it's cheaper. Because that way writers don't own anything they write. Hollywood is killing, starving, drowning a generation of writers by recycling IP they've already paid other writers for a generation ago. Just because it might be "awesome" to see George Clooney play Rhett Butler or Taylor Swift play Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, or any other dim-witted idea that farts inside the brain of some greenlighter in Hollywood, doesn't mean it's a good idea -- it's not an "idea" at all! And the people who come up with real, original ideas are deprived of the studio resources that go to garbage projects like this in the process. Hollywood is pissing on the source of the magic it once brought to the world, and out of its arrogance and vapidness it is destroying its own heart and soul. No good will come of this, not for writers and not for Hollywood. If Hollywood doesn't wise up and start paying the piper, the piper will die and Hollywood will be left masturbating to golden oldies until everyone loses interest and looks elsewhere for entertainment.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I hope Raimi gets attacked by a clown from under the bed for this.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • April 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Noooooooo!!! You fucking bastards..

    by CoolerKing72

    Stop remaking films that stand alone as classics today...If the 'modern' audience cant watch a film without it having teenage dickheads in it then stay away from the cinema.. Bastards!!!!!! In fact im dropping the c-bomb on this article...Cun......

  • April 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    But wasn't Poltergiest a remake of Little Girl Lost...

    by Jay

    You know, the Twilight Zone episode written by Richard Matheson. It was fucking discussed on here when you guys interviewed him? Hypocrites much?

  • April 28, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I love how Tobe Hooper is buried in that poster.

    by adeceasedfan

    Why even bother?

  • April 28, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    What took you so long?

    by MooseMalloy

    Jo Beth smokin' weed!

  • April 28, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Remakes On The Horizon....

    by Partyslammer

    Pink Flamingos (PG13 max rating) Director: Brian Levant, Starring: Drew Carey, Adam Sandler, Margaret Cho Clockwork Orange Director: Michael Bay, Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Owen Wilson Pink Floyd The Wall Directors: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Starring David Lee Roth, Kathy Griffin, Andy Dick The Elephant Man Director: Rob Zombie. Starring Ben Stiller, Bruce Campbell, Sean Penn Taxi Driver (soundtrack score by Coldplay) Director: McG. Starring Brendan Fraser, Jack Black, Miley Cyrus One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Director: M. Night Shamalyan. Starring Kobe Bryant, Larry The Cable Guy, Steve Van Zandt Amadeus Director: Woody Allen. Starring Elton John, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ozzy Osbourne

  • April 28, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Warren Fahy

    Remake? Not hardly. A few elements from a half-hour Twilight Zone episode do not add up to the film POLTERGEIST by any stretch of the imagination.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I have to say I thought Poltergiest was a little silly

    by theyreflockingthisway

    I didn't see it until the 2000's, though - it's just one of those films that kept slipping by me. It did have some great moments near the start, but I didn't find it particularly scary. The best moment for me was the clown doll when the kid throws a cover over it and when all the chairs are stacked on the dining room table after breifly looking away. I didn't like it so much when things got crazy and everything was coming alive. It went from eerie to cartoonish. HOWEVER - just because I thought that doesn't mean I think it was bad. It was still a great film but it showed way too much for it to be scary for me. To be honest I don't know what to think on this. I guess if it's done right it can be a good film to update - actually not update, that kind of implies "add mobile phones", but maybe take it in a different direction. I'd love to see the film with a more subtle approach.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Just Make a New Ghost Story Then

    by Warren Fahy

    And don't call it POLTERGEIST. Ah, but then it would be original and guess who would have the rights to it? The writer. Can't have THAT, now can we?

  • April 28, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    A few element? You haven't seen it, have you?

    by Jay

    It doesn't make the film worse or better. But it is 100% a ripoff of that episode. They're lucky Matheson didn't sue. Youtube the episode (Better yet, watch it on Blu-ray) without Little Girl Lost, there is no Poltergeist. Just like how without Harlan Ellisons Outer Limits episodes, there is no Terminator.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    HUGE FUCK!NG FAIL!!! You'd think they learned from Psycho!

    by sns

    You dont take classics and remake them..... period

  • April 28, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    by sns

    No it was original in its own right. It had similarities in it like the child's voice.... but thats not enough. It would be like Michael Myers with Jason because they both stab people to death.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Of course I've seen it!

    by Warren Fahy

    The Outer Limits episode that inspired The Terminator was all about two enemy soldiers coming back to the present day to do battle -- one of them is interviewed by a psychologist who is trying to figure out what is going on. That was the entire story of both projects, and for that Harlan sued and rightfully won his due. The Twilight Zone episode was about a dimension opening up and swallowing the daughter of a typical family. They had to find out where the interdimensional portal would open again so they could get her out. It was NOT about ghosts, Indian burial grounds, possessed clowns, trees, toys, and chairs. The reason the girl was captured was that the spirits wanted her spirit to join them, because they were lonely. All of that is original, and that was the focus of the story in Poltergeist, not interdimensional portals. There was enough new and original material for the project to qualify as totally original even if it was inspired by elements from the Matheson story. Christ, saying POLTERGEIST was a remake of that episode is like saying CHRONICLE was a remake of CARRIE.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Poltergeist scared the crap out of me as a kid

    by cyberuck

    CSB alert My brother took me to see it and it was the second scariest thing I think I've ever seen. The scariest thing was after watching Salem's Lot my brother went out on the roof while I was going to bed and came over to the window and started scratching on it, saying, "Let me in! I'm your brother!" I nearly soiled my armor, I was so scared.

  • that all the whining is based solely on a title. Call it something else, but completely rip off Poltergeist, and everyone's happy. Call it Poltergeist, and people ears shoot steam. People act like there's a creative difference between a remake and a ripoff. Why one is looked down upon with complete venom and the other is perfectly acceptable is beyond me (especially when it's revered authors being ripped off)

  • April 28, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a reboot than a remake...

    by Mantula

    If it's gotta been done, I'd rather see a reboot of this franchise... Maybe it would involve another family having poltergeist problems and when things get desperate they contact Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson)... or something like that. I'd rather see that then a straight-up remake of the original.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    So another remake of a Tobe Hooper flick

    by Relentless85

    That'll make people wax nostalgic about his original which wasn't good in the first place. Just like Sales Lot. The original Poltergeist was awful and this will be worse. I mean my god The Toolbox Murders was a better flick even.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Warren Fahy

    Yes, elements of previous stories INSPIRE other stories. Without the story of the Ring of Gyges or the Ring Cycle there would be no Lord of the Rings. But The Lord of the Rings isn't a remake. Without The Odyssey there would be no "O, Brother Where Art Thou?" Without Moby Dick there would probably be no Jaws. The nature of creativity is taking the material that is out there and putting it into the service of a new and different story.

  • So apparently it is perfectly acceptable. That's kinda my point. People are so connected to "originality" that they would rather have the original authors NOT get credit. And they go so far as to make excuses against them. How does giving the author proper credit effect the movie? So why someone is against it is beyond me.

  • April 28, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    if you're a Raimi fan from before spider-man, spider-man 3 aint bad

    by awepittance

    it's actually very 'raimi' esque more so than part 1 or 2 (besides the hospital scene in 2)

  • April 28, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    The reason they call it POLTERGEIST

    by Warren Fahy

    Is that they OWN the title -- so anything the writers they hire like bitches write is their property and not the writers' property. Get it? It's an IP mill like the old MARVEL COMICS. But this total disrespect for writers, the true source of everything those bastards do in Hollywood, is only killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. What we're left with is a bunch of hack journeymen who hire on like studio musicians to churn out muzak for a record label, the equivalent of the Juicy Fruits remaking Winslow Leach's music for Swann.

  • Again, there's a difference between being inspired and ripping something off. You can't throw a blanket statement on everything. Star was Inspired by Hidden Fortress. AFOD was ripped off. It doesn't change how good the movie is, though. Again, I don't understand why geeks are trying to remove credit where credit is due.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Once again, kiddies, remakes have been with us since the silent age.

    by MisterManReturns

    You can screech all you want, but the industry has always done it, and it always will.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Warren Fahy

    No, THAT was a remake, just like Magnificent Seven was a remake of Seven Samurai. Nobody pretended otherwise and money changed hands.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Remakes have always been with us

    by Warren Fahy

    Yes. Silent got updated to talkie, B&W to color, classic novels (especially in the public domain) have had many adaptations, and studios have saved some money digging something out of the vault to repurpose. But to this extent? Never. Now it's a craze.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I've just had it with this crap

    by Warren Fahy

    It's so damned depressing.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    saw this in middle school

    by jsfithaca

    and was laughing at how cheesy and bad it was. any typical mainstream horror movie made today is about 10 times scarier than this. just cuz its old and a so-called classic, doesn't make it good.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    relentless85 I'd like a hit off your crack pipe, please

    by Mel

    Poltergeist is awful?'s a great flick.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    hardboiled wonderland

    by phifty2

    The ipad comment=funny but please don't give them any more ideas. The ghost will talk to them by text message. Shit, now I did it.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Dawn of the Dead 2004 was good imo. The one(or two) reasons I really don't mind remakes are: The Thing (82) The Fly (86) What if they never made those films just because they didn't want to tarnish the originals? Also, like another poster said, the original will always exist so who cares.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    The key of what Poltergeist so special and one of the maybe 10 movies in history that can actually be called scary was sweet, subtle, slow build, great character development, and not afraid to go all-out when all hell broke loose at the end. Raimi qualifies for none of these things except for the going all out at the end. Look, I like Raimi, enen thogh there hasn't been too much to like since Spidey 2 came out. Drag Me To Hell was ok, but just as I predicted when AICN was spraypainting the walls with each other semen, it's all but forgotten a few short years later. I never got thet DGTH was vintage Raimi. One thing that is vintage Raimi ius gcomedic gore, and that will ruin this movie. Raimi is not the right man for the job, as much as I love the man, he just isn't. No one is, because there is absolutely no fucking reason whatsoever to remake Poltergeist. Sorry, but it' s true. Even when remakes are done right, they leave you yearning for the original. I'm going to admit something here, something that I really, really, REALLY shouldn't admit. I liked the remake for Arthur with Russell Brand and Mirren. However, when it was over, all I wanted to do was grab a beer and throw old Dudley into the Blu-Ray player and watch how it's really done. I'll say it now, and thousands of you have sadi it before, remaked should be reserved for one specific idea. Movies that had great scripts, movies that should have been great, but just didn't seem to work for some reason. Take a movie like that, a movie that has that great source material, but because of not having a certain Z Factor, just didn't work.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    jsfithaca: The reason it is a great movie...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    The reason it is a great movie besides the fact that it has great acting, fantastic pacing and is just fun to watch ("fun" is something so many movies these days completely lack) is because, like The Exorcist before it, the terror does not come just from the ghosts and the shocks- but from the deep seeded fear that all parents (and many children themselves) have of their child going missing. In the case of Poltergeist, it bypasses the idea someone simply taking a child and uses the concept that some THING takes a child. As a parent, this is just about the scariest concept I can think of. And when that "thing" takes the child into the complete unknown, another dimension... another "place".... where she cannot easily be found it amps up that feeling ten fold. I can easily seen why a middle school kid doesn't find this concept frightening. But even I, as a kid the age of 12 when this movie came out, picked up on that theme and it scared the Hell out of me. I am curious, what year was it when you were in middle school and saw Poltergeist?

  • April 28, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The original scared the livin' shit outta me when I was a kid.

    by NeonFrisbee

    I suspect this remake won't do anything but make me feel sad and a little embarrassed for everyone involved.

  • ...The Exorcist, and now Poltergeist. There is a conspiracy to fuck up every classic horror movie of the eighties. The worst part is that every remake so far went straight to the B-Movie, 8 Dollars Walmart bin. Fuck that.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    How dumb are these Hollywood shitstains

    by smackfu

    That they don't realize that all they have to do is re-release the original at Halloween? I mean obviously you're going to have a smaller box office return on a re-release, but it will be 100% profit, for zero cost.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Ok.. time to beat somebodies ass....

    by LargoJr

    ... no fucking way in hell can they get away with this.. just saw Avengers.. movie was fucking amazing.. and some douche thinks he can get by with just remaking another amazing movie that has held up for more then 25 years? Fuck Sam Raimi and his whole crew.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I retract

    by Relentless85

    The Toolbox Murders wasn't better than Poltergeist anymore than Mortuary was, but I still think it's extremely overrated.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Everytime you watch a remake

    by rakesh patel

    god kills an ewok.

  • Trashing a remake for daring to remake a remake is just ignorant. Let's acknowledge that some are well-done, and some aren't. It starts with the question, 'Are they even plausibly necessary?' In the case of Poltergeist, I don't think so.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I don't mind as long as it's different

    by Cobb05

    Call it Poltergeist. Have a girl named Carol Anne. Houses built in an old cemetery. Throw in a paranormal investigator, but change the rest and I won't mind. But if they're going to use wall the bits from the original, it's pointless. I have wondered with all the cool cgi effects they can do today, why they haven't made a kickass ghost movie. That ghost in cabin in the woods looked awesome.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    One thing that the remake will prove...

    by zinc_chameleon

    is that CGI can't improve on the effects, or the chills. This remake will be a big a waste of time as "The Thing" (2011) which had about 2 minutes of original ideas in it.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Remakes dont bother me in the slighest anymore

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    It doesnt detract from the original. Its a story you know you love. Who knows, maybe they'll do a great job like Dawn of the Dead, or a fun job like Fright Night or The Thing (yeah I like them, so fuck you). And if not, then it's their money they've wasted, and I've still got the original to enjoy. Frankly I can't lose either way. Un-bunch yer panties, you lily-livered lot.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I showed Poltergeist....

    by Terence James

    to my 18 year old neice & nephew and it didn't hold their attention. Kids today don't have the attention span to allow a slow build up, character development etc. Shame because Poltergeist still stands up.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Another remake? Didn't see that one coming!

    by MajorFrontbum

    Wake me up when somebody brings an ORIGINAL idea to the table. Remakes and reboots are just a cost cutting exercise and involve no imagination whatsoever. Hollywood; you are one gargantuan piece of shit, controlled by a pack of shit covered ass holes. I will not support your fucking trash idea cinema, you pathetic bunch of pox covered cunts.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    OF COURSE! Not every 1980's movie has been remade.......yet.

    by IronEagle74

    They're well on their way though. Hollywood keeps showing us two things: 1) They have run o9ut of ideas, and 2) money is all that matters.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Another day, another remake...

    by Mr. Pricklepants


  • April 28, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Why? I just bought the original on Blu Ray. Who's asking for this?

    by The Founder

  • April 28, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Well as long as they Cast Will Smith in it. it'll make some $$$$

    by The Founder

  • April 28, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    They should just make a 'Coach' movie...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...or reboot 'Action Jackson' and bring Craig T back to life to be the villian.

  • April 28, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    And, 'YES,' George Lucas should remake Star Wars episodes IV-VI

    by ThulsaBoom

  • April 28, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    fuck!! give us something new!!!!!!!!!

    by danny rose

    so tired of fucking reboots, remakes ffs

  • April 28, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    You mean episodes I-III

    by Warren Fahy

  • April 28, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by ChickenStu


  • April 28, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Oh please do fuck off with this bullshit

    by Jaka

  • April 28, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Didn't they already remake this and call it Insidious?

    by sweeneydave

  • Just read the book, "Who Goes There?", and explain how THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD has anything to do with it other than a few elbow nudges towards subject matter? THE THING 2011 however, is a remake DISGUISED as a prequel. And a shitty one at that. Again - Post 2000 directors are fucking clueless, post 2000 audiences are clueless, and post 2000 remakes are fucking POINTLESS. WHY DO YOU KIDS KEEP BUYING THIS GARBAGE?!?! YOU'RE ONLY MAKING THINGS WORSE!!!

  • People praise Evil Dead - Well... It's... Creative... And spastic... And like 3 stooges... Which is what Raimi intended... But certainly not realistic or subtle whatsoever. And look at Poltergeist - It was made YEARS before Evil Dead and it's f/x, other than the guy pealing his face off in the mirror, hold up pretty damn good. The hallway ghost monster/skeleton creature still looks fuckin' brilliant. As well as the lights... And even when given a budget like on the Spiderman movies, he fails MISERABLY in the special f/x department. He made STUPID decisions that actually costed more to do than doing it the correct way.. He moves the camera around too much. He uses CGI when having a real actor in a Spiderman suit on a tilted set would have been simple to do and looked REAL. I really don't like Raimi. And Drag Me to Hell was pretty retarded if you ask me. Not even a good comedy except for the goat part and that was only a second or two. WORSE YET - Raimi isn't even helming this. He's just "investing" in it because he knows it will sell on name alone. FUCKING SELL OUT LOOSER! Just as bad as Wes Craven putting Wes Craven Presents on top of many shit films. Or Cameron putting "James Cameron Presents" on top of that stupid under water movie Sanctum. THIS ENTIRE THING REEKS OF SHIT! A bunch of name recognition placed on a product that will most likely SUCK. BUT THEY DON'T CARE so long as they can trick enough people into the theater on opening weekend, before all the bad reviews come out - because it's all about opening weekend box office numbers to them. I WISH IT WOULD ALL JUST FUCKING DIE!!!

  • April 28, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST



  • April 28, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Where's the 'World of Warcraft' movie, eh?? EH???

    by Raptor Jesus

    Riddle me that, movie fans.

  • April 28, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Fuck off you stupid cunts. (directed at all responsible parties)

    by the Green Gargantua

    I really mean it, serious.

  • April 28, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Was on HBO the other day so I watched it...guess what?

    by Jason

  • April 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    So I saw it on HBO as I was saying!!!

    by Jason

    I personally thought it didn't hold up that well. I did think the clown doll thing was still creepy as hell though. It was just *meh* to me, but a remake could update it enough to make it cool for todays audience.

  • April 28, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    We need to make an EXAMPLE out of Poltergeist: BOYCOTT.

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Step up now I say! And oh yeah: Aim it at her tits, Eddie.

  • April 28, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    This Poltergeist needs to be our red-headed stepchild.

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Aim it her tits, Eddie.

  • April 28, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    This will come out cornier than a farmer's poo.

    by Chris

  • April 28, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    E.T. Remake

    by wadi77

    Just wait for the announcement.

  • April 28, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Everything is flat-screen 60 inch 1080P HD! I don't know about you guys but my TV has a few different source outputs and none of them would allow poltergeists into my home (thankfully). So how can they make this? What setting would the TV need to be on HDMI 1? HDMI 2? Maybe the regular TV option if there is no cable input or satellite connection? Maybe that has static? I don't know - too lazy to check. But yeah........... FUCK THIS!!!!!!!

  • April 28, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    Congratulations, you have identified the first of many aspects of the first film that made it unique that will not be in this remake. By the time we find all the other things that make it different to make it "stand on its own" we'll be reduced to a generic hollywood horror film.

  • Of course properties have been remade since film started - but they were generic properties like "Dracula" that demanded re-interpretation. Poltergeist was a commentary on suburbia, a new angle on the "it can't happen here" because the homes were sterile and new and everything was oh so safe. To understand that, you would have had to have been ringside to the 1980s, which carried a pathos you just can't explain - and which simply doesn't exist anymore. It wasn't ghosts that made this so scary, it was a tract home that was haunted - not some old mansion on the hill, but the house right next door. Or the one you occupied in bright new suburbia. Breakfast Club, Footloose, ET, Poltergeist - these movies did more than "speak" to a generation, they captured the air we breathed as kids. To remake them into modern versions doesn't capture any of the things that made them work in the first place. So for me this is less about remaking a movie than the impossibility of capturing what the movie was about - try to make a Lost Boys now; you can't. Those conditions simply no longer exist.

  • April 28, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Remake Remake Remake.

    by TheMachinist

    Yeah, Hollywood can hear us loud and fucking clear.

  • April 28, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 1981 Poltergeist 1982

    by stankfanger82

    @mentaldominance IMDB is your friend! Also to u and all in this forum talking about Raimi's use of splatstick, know your facts! ED1 was a more serious horror film than ED2 and Army Of Darkness. The sequals had all the splatstick 3 stooges comedy! Finally, I highly doubt that this remake will have any of the features of the Evil Dead features. Raimi's only producing and hasnt done splatstick since 1992!

  • April 28, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Static on TV

    by stankfanger82

    @fat_rancor_keeper good point. Some HD sets still have analog tuners which still are capable of showing static. Very, very, few though. Maybe the sequal will have pixelation... :(

  • April 28, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I'll bet tree-fitty that it will be found footage

    by Terminocity

  • April 28, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    remember as a little kid reading a book about ILM

    by Mugato5150

    and how they did they did the final scene from Poltergeist. They built this model of the house, 4 feet or something and sucked it through a big vacuum. Today that effect would take 20 minutes on a computer. Visual FX sounded a lot more fun back then.

  • April 28, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Kid puts 2 fingers on fuzzy iPad screen. Theeyyy'rrrreee here!

    by UltraTron

  • April 28, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    LOL...static on tv, only when i turn away from channel 3...

    by Norman Colson

    Other than that. if the tv is a problem throw it out the damn window! lol. the ghosts cant enter through that!

  • April 28, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Brian Hopper

    Just tragic.

  • April 28, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    You're gonna die in there!

    by JRcanReid

    All of you!

  • April 28, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Craig T. Nelson greatest cinema dad over Christmas Story dad?

    by UltraTron

  • April 28, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Better Raimi calling the shots than fucking Michael Bay

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I can at least hold onto some cautious optimism. Plus, there's the potential for an ACTUAL special edition Blu-Ray reissue of the original as a tie-in (like a better Total Recall Blu scheduled for this summer). I mean, suburbia has changed a LOT in the last three decades, so it's a whole new world to introduce spooks into.

  • I'm so sick of this bullshit "the story needs retold for a new generation" excusing - NO IT DOESN'T! Movies are more than just the stories. Movies capture all sorts of other magic and it's all that stuff that makes a movie work. This generation is so devoid of soul, emotion, originality, brains - they try to remake everything instead of creating something that, in 30 years, will have captured something SPECIAL that only could have been done in this time period. But no. They don't do that. They wank off and try to make a quick buck. Most shit today is just wank off money commercialized crap. Absolute garbage. HEY LAME KIDS - TRY MAKING SOMETHING YOUR OWN FOR A CHANGE! Tell me WHAT post 2000 movie will actually be REMEMBERED in 30 or 50 years? (Please don't say something stupid like Avatar, which was merely a tech demo. Tech demos always show their age and trust me, it will look just as crap as the 90's CGI did. It already looks like crap to me. I don't get how anyone ever gave it a pass.) But I bet in 50 years, Blade Runner will still be remembered. THIS GENERATION FUCKING SUCKS. The only way they are gonna get better is to admit they suck, be real about how low they stand and how low the standard is, and attempt to actually make stuff better.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Yeah, because every copy of Poltergeist in the entire world is going to vaish without atrace the second the remake comes out. Face it...unless you have a control freak like George Lucas who alters his OWN movies and refuses to allow the theatrical versions to be made available again, there is NO REASON to painc when a remake of your favorite film is released. Worst-case scenario is that the new version stinks, yet calls attention to the original for a generation of films fans who have not seen it (and maybe inspiring a souped-up Blu-Ray version as a tie-in, often with movie cash for the remake). Best-case scenario is that the remake is a well-made film in its own right, like In vasion Of The Body Snatchers '78, The Fly '86, The Thing '82, The Blob '88 or Dawn Of The Dead '04.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Not sure about this

    by Cindy

    Poltergeist was one of my favorites as a kid. I don't see how a remake could possibly improve upon the original. Besides, Insidious was pretty close to a Poltergeist remake, and that movie is only a few years old. Raimi seems like a weird choice for this. But I remember watching a "making of" special on Poltergeist, and the writers said that the original plot was to kill off the entire Freeling family. But that didn't get approved. Then they wanted to kill off just Carol Anne. Didn't get approved. So maybe this is going to be a darker version? I don't know. I doubt I'll watch it. I've been disappointed by almost all the recent horror remakes.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    God damn it, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    by Elgyn6655321

    No, no, no. And Raimi doesn't make me feel much better.

  • You'd think with the fact that EVERYONE has access to technology now and EVERYONE is making movies - you'd think that would up the standard, right? But no. You get shit in theaters that's about equal to what anyone who simply has access to the technology could make. It's fucking pathetic on so many scales.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Will there be a Latino version of the Poltergeist remake?

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    You know what would be perfect irony? If a Korean or Japanese studio remade Poltergeist. How many kids does Will Smith have? I bet he's lining them up for auditions.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Ringu-Poltergeist foreign exchange program

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Sadako and the little girl swap places. These studio people need to think creatively how to screw as many IPs in the one hit as possible.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by ultragoregrind

    Poltergeist was Speilberg's best horror movie! Why re-make perfection? (please someone get the joke/reference... don't let me down AICN)

  • April 28, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by ultragoregrind

    Dawn 2004 would have been a far superior film had it used a different title. It wasn't a bad modern zombie flick... they just never should have used the name Dawn of the Dead. Set expectations unreasonably high.

  • April 28, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Hollywood has low T

    by Warren Fahy

    No balls. They used to seek out the new thing that would blow people's minds. Now they settle back in the comfy chair of old standards and spiff them up a little for the kids. Maybe all post-golden ages are like this. You didn't think it was a golden age when you were in it and kept expecting things to get better. But then everything gets hollowed out by a generation of no-vision wannabes who know nothing of the magic that built the golden palace they grew up wanting to live in. And then they start imitating things around them because they can't really do what their predecessors did. They're not even aware there was something that they did in the first place. It's like the Squire of Gothos in that Star Trek episode where he learns about Earth through a telescope and copies what he sees around him with CGI-like illusion. Spock sees the fire in the fireplace and sticks his hand in the flame but there's no heat: because the Squire couldn't know that fire was hot just seeing it through his telescope light years away.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Raimi Humor is equal to Bay Humor

    by Logan_1973

    Humor is all about timing, and Raimi has never had the damn knack for it. It's exactly what has dragged down his films for me.

  • '....have everything be IN YOUR FACE 48fps 3D CGI at all times, and have the monsters jumping in and out of all modern electronic devices. And none of that orchestra shit, I don't care if it's future-proofed. Focus-group some rock bands for the sound-track, we've got cds and music videos to sell! Let's get a synergy product placement going also, I'm talking commercials winking at scenes with the same brand. FULL META, PEOPLE. Get a shitty videogame tie-in to coincide with release. I don't give a shit if they have to ready-fire-aim the thing, just MAKE THE RELEASE DATE. We'll go multi-viral in stages leading up to release, and I want it PACKED with irony. And I don't want the writers making a single move that isn't dictated by alpha pups. I heard that some 'inventive, original' indie is trying to lay claim on the dates we've scouted. Betamax their ass into the ground, I don't care how much money it takes. We'll got a franchise to hump, and we'll pump and dump the budget in case the foreign market doesn't bite. Oh, and I want a pool pf producers who'll play ball, by make sure one of them has a name that'll add plausible reputability. Make sure his name is front and center, otherwise it's mushroom principle as usual for the mouthbreathers online. GET ON IT.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    How this will go...

    by gaygoonie

    Decent opening weekend: 30 million or so. Huge drop off. End up in the 60 million range ala the Platinum Dunes remakes or Amityville Horror. Some will call it a hit. Most won't. And at the end of the day, there's no WAY it will come close to tapping the zeitgeist and affecting a generation the way the original did which, adjusted for inflation, grossed 204 MILLION DOLLARS. (yeah, no shitty horror remake is going to come close). Yeah, this is a weak, lame, lazy. MGM-corporate bullshit insecure Spyglassy endeavor.

  • Attack of the Ghost Planet. Now you can go enjoy this animated sci-fi flick. It's pretty good and has alien ghosts attacking earth

  • April 29, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Why it won't be scary...

    by SK229

    and hardly any horror movie made nowadays is scary - lack of ordinary lighting. Everything looks 'lit' and artificial and therefore, it's difficult to buy into the situation and/or imagine yourself in the same situation when you get home. The Exorcist, Halloween, Rosemary's Baby, even a Nightmare on Elm Street have a low-fi quality to their lighting that brings the horrific into how we actually experience everyday life. A recent movie that came close then went 'over color corrected green and artificial red' on me was Insidious. Definitely some scary-as-fuck moments in that movie. Wouldn't want to watch it right now, that's for sure. As for CGI in this, it'll be the same thing... it's like the production designers and the effects people think, "let's design a scary looking tree" and then you wind up with something that looks like a production designer with no originality born the tree out on a piece of paper or in illustrator and then, even if it is practical and not CGI, something about it feels artificial and produced. In the original, everything felt as it would be in real life, like the kitchen, the clown doll, the living room, and even the tree. The tree looked menacing, but not 'designed'. Set designers today seem incapable of just going around to the same location in real life for reference and then reproducing it on a sound stage. Man... what the fuck is wrong with movies anymore? Have to say, though, Prometheus' design looks AMAZING from what I've seen. It all just seems right. But of course... Sir Ridley.

  • April 29, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    The Mom (JoBeth Williams) was hot looking

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    in a late 70s early 80s sort of way. Rewatching the movie and it definitely has an early Spielberg vibe to it. Good movie they really don't need to remake.

  • April 29, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Sam Raimi....

    by impetus

    Please forget this nonsense and hurry with MONSTER ZOO!

  • April 29, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Let Tobe Hooper direct it, since he didn't really direct the first one.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    But I can't fucking care about this. So what if they're remaking a film you love. The original will still be there. If it turns out great, then we're lucky to have another good movie. If it turns out crappy, there's still the Spielberg version. Get over it.

  • It's an agenda born not of design, but out of corporate necessity and greed - keep making more profit. Compete with the opponent. Thinking in this way is anti-art. We live in an anti-art generation. As long as it continues, ignorance reigns.

  • April 29, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Well I just watched Yoda chatting to some dumb hairdressers in a Vodafone ad...

    by Kill List Hammertime yeah nothing's sacred anymore.

  • April 29, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Yoda gotta eat.

    by Mace Tofu

    The TV show needs cash. WTF on the remake is all I have to say. This is going to be another Conan CGI mess.

  • April 29, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Let me just say... Fuck this idea.

    by D.Vader

  • April 29, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Insidious is a great "Poltergeist remake"

    by D.Vader

    Except for the fact that it doesn't involve Poltergeists per se.

  • April 29, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Just visited the Poltergeist house last year...

    by ryderdvs

    in Simi Valley. Along with the E.T. house in Tjunga, the McFly house in Arleta, the Myers house and Doc Brown's mansion in Pasadena, and the Nightmare on Elm Street house off of Sunset. All have aged very well.

  • Poltergeist was a good movie. All this remake shit is inevitable, but a good reason to actively dislike them is the audience they target. Today's kids/teenagers are tomorrow's filmmakers and producers and they're being handed slick, hollow, sloppy seconds. They'e getting cinematic photocopies of photocopies. What does that say about the future of movies (popcorn or otherwise)?

  • April 29, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The greatest horror movie never made is Don't from Grindhouse

    by UltraTron

  • April 29, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by The Fuck

    was surprised how few people knew about this gem around me. Maybe this'll shed some light on the original

  • April 29, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    So will saying "klaatu barada nikto" dispel the poltergeist?

    by Yamato

    and the movie will need Bruce.

  • April 29, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Check out my site about the development of the original's script

    by DrSeaton

    The script's development was complicated, to say the least:

  • April 29, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    DRSeaton... Great work!

    by ufoclub1977

    Cool site, to a great fun film I saw 5 times in the theater in the summer of '82 as a kid.

  • April 29, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Holy shit "Poltergiest" writer Michael Grais worked on...

    by ufoclub1977

    the Starsky and Hutch vampire episode (starring John Saxon as the mysterious murderer) which had such a huge effect on me back in 1977 when I saw it. Maybe it was 1976. I was very little. A neighbors living room filled with activity and kids (very much a Close Encounters suburban home) and everything disappeared as I took in this tv show episode. First time I think I saw a successful integration of the fantastic slowly making it's presence known and impacting the "real" as the plot went on.

  • April 29, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by TheCrouton

    This site has got to get it's act together with regards remakes. It appears that depending on the writer of the article, and also who is remaking the film in question then the attitude toward remakes changes. After all this site was okay about the Star Trek reboot, remakes of the likes of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Let The Right One In. Now the original Star Trek series/films never needed to be rebooted as it was, writing out 40 years of history with a pen in my opinion, yet it happened, and it gets great reviews. The Swedish films mentioned above are both much better than the remakes (for the record, Let The Right One In is the best film of the past 10 years), yet because of who remade them, they got good reviews again on this site. Now we get a potential remake of Poltergeist and now it's a bad idea? You can't have it both ways.

  • April 29, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    What is it about post 2000 music or movies

    by Franck

    that makes most hit songs or movies last such a short time and are forgotten into oblivion when so many of the 1980's remain classics and the material for countless remakes, covers or samples? Almost two generations later, these classics remain, while I doubt that Hunger Games will ever qualify as a classic in 50 years, even the likes of Cohen brothers True Grit, which in principle would fit all the requirements. Anyone has a clue?

  • April 29, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I wacked off to JoBeth Williams in that a lot.

    by Pat

    Pausing on VHS enough really degrades the tape though.

  • April 29, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Poltergeist is really not that scary

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    I just watched it and it felt more like a Spielberg kid movie than a real horror movie. To lament about how a new version won't be scary is kinda silly IMHO.

  • April 29, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    zodlovesgod : They can slap a wig on Peter Dinklage

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    and have him put on a southern sing song accent.

  • April 29, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Poltergeist Could USE a Remake

    by jpdanzig

    As a longtime fan of the haunted house movie, I thought the original "Poltergeist" had some serious pacing problems that prevented it from being included in the pantheon of its genre. I hope that the remake will rectify this shortcoming. The greatest horror movies have a SLOW and sure build. P started off well enough -- I liked the stacked chairs in the kitchen -- but then all of a sudden it kicked into high gear with the scary haunted tree, which should have been saved for much later in the film. To this day, my two favorite haunted house movies continue to be the original "Haunting" and "The Legend of Hell House." Only if a film approaches the quality of those two will I consider a remake a bad idea...

  • April 29, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Now *THAT* is some masterful trolling. Well done, JP.

    by 3774

    I see what you did there! Don't give up the facade, though. Insist it's a legitimate opinion. In fact, you better make a reply to me stating as such, for believability...

  • April 29, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

  • April 29, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Willl the Curse carry over?

    by conspiracy

    If so I have a whole list of reality tv actors and actresses that I think should be in this thing.

  • April 29, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    The lament about a new Poltergeist version is not abourt scariness...

    by ufoclub1977

    It's about whether it will be as fun and spectacular and also as much a detailed portrait of american suburban culture at the time. You know? Details like the parents smoking pot, the wife singing a commercial jingle for beer as she makes the bed... the toy brands... the stylings of the house... all very real. Those kind of elements really made movies like Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters, ET, Poltergeist, resonate and feel like a true world within each one of those movies full of details. Audience engrossment in those films in the theater was intense. A big part of Poltergeist is the culture. The details of that culture. "...Pizza Hut." Such funny details: The hickey on the daughter's neck at the end... how she dreamily remembers the "Holiday Inn" in a very subversive quick aside, that alarms the mom. This was good stuff. Also Poltergeist was a quantum leap of creative visualization of ghosts and the supernatural much in the same way that Star Wars of CE3K showed their scifi fantasy details in new visceral ways that were shockingly fresh and original. The visuals have to be shockingly fresh all over again in concept. What a challenge that will be!

  • April 29, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    If you're gonna remake old movies do "Looker" or "Runaway".

    by DJTripp

    80's scifi that translates to now makes more sense than a classic that everyone already know by heart. At least "Total Recall" looks like a decent update.

  • April 29, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Bottom Line.

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    We all know that Spielberg directed it. The actors have all gone on record stating that he did; hell, even Hooper has eluded to it. There's really no point in rehashing that whole argument. So....that being said.....who's got the balls to remake a late 70's to mid 80's Spielberg movie? Who's the director gonna be that has the stone to step up to that plate? If Poltergeist were made today as an original idea, it would be a shit movie. All of the elements that made it a classic are elements that aren't allowed to be in horror films anymore, and it probably would have ended with Carol Anne coming back and old Zelda stating that the house was clean. Which means, among many other iconic scenes, we would miss that fantastic JoBeth Williams panty shot. Ok, ok, seriously though. When I think of things that made Poltergeist work I think of the score. Guess what? It actually has a score instead of shrieking chords whenever a cat jumps out from just out of frame. It not only has a score, but an incredible score. Another scene that would be left out today for being too slow would be the scene where they first make contact with Carol Anne and she's being chased through the living room by the Poltergeist and she passes through her mother. One of the greatest scenes in all of horror, and pure Spielberg at his peak. It will either be a glossy remake with pretty people, or a shaky-cam found footage with non-actors. The main thing that will be missing from it is the main thing that made the original so special. A sense of family. We all felt like we knew the Freelings, they felt like and acted like a normal family, and they way that they dealt with the haunting or poltergeist in the beginning was very, very believable and true. To all the people trying to defend the original against the young ones on this site saying they thought it sucked and was boring or not scary, remember, this generation was weaned on remakes of the horror films we grew up on. This generation needed to see someone's achilles tendon get sliced with a razor in order to conjure up an emotion that resembles fear. The movies that this genration were taught to see as examples of being scary were much like the ones we were shown. But the "boring parts" were exorcised from them. You know, those pesky parts that developed character, and constructed believable story arcs, and enriched plots. Those parts were boring, why add all that shit when you can throw in another murder or cringe-worthy scene in order to fill up that 88 minute running time? People are going to see these remakes in the theater, that's why they keep getting made, and that's why they will keep getting made. Because, as much as we cry and bitch and moan, someone's buying these fucking tickets. This over-medicated from the age of 5, ADD generation is over-stimulated to compensate for the medication they-re given that deadens stimuli. It isn't that the kids today are dumb, or even that they're dumber than we were. I would never say that. It's that they accept dumb and ask for more.

  • April 29, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I wonder what CreepyThinMan would make of this.

    by frank

  • April 29, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    pinkapocalypse: funny post, except

    by frank

    kids don’t listen to rock music any more.

  • April 29, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    AND THAT's The Bottom Line!!

    by M.S.B.

    Because dancetothebeatofthelivingdead says so! Best way to sum up the whole clustermug. And it's just that. A horrible idea. Poltergeist belongs to it's era and can simply not be remade. Lightning in a bottle here folks. You can't reproduce the magic of 1982 and the unbelievable sights and sounds of A STEVEN SPIELBERG FILM that scared as many people as E.T. delighted. "30 years? Well you know that's no great hardship."

  • "Tobe isn't what you'd call a take-charge sort of guy. He's just not a strong presence on a movie set. If a question was asked and an answer wasn't immediately forthcoming, I'd jump up and say what we could do. Tobe would nod agreement, and that became the process of the collaboration. I did not want to direct the movie-I had to do 'E.T.' five weeks after principal photography on 'Poltergeist.'" "My enthusiasm for wanting to make 'Poltergeist' would have been difficult for any director I would have hired. It derived from my imagination and my experiences, and it came out of my typewriter [after re-writing the Grais/Victor draft]. I felt a proprietary interest in this project that was stronger than if I was just an executive producer. I thought I'd be able to turn 'Poltergeist' over to a director and walk away. I was wrong. [On future films] If I write it myself, I'll direct it myself. I won't put someone else through what I put Tobe through, and I'll be more honest in my contributions to a film." More:

  • April 29, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    it was actually poltergiests that

    by vulturess

    KILLD UNCLE BEN!!!!!!!

  • April 29, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    And here's what producer Julia Phillips said

    by DrSeaton

    Here's an excerpt from producer Julia Phillips' book "You'll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again": "Steven takes a tentative puff on my joint, coughs, and passes it back to me. We haven't spoken in four years, but we have run into each other on the MGM lot, where he is directing 'Poltergeist.' He is supposed to be producing it, but Tobe Hooper, the director, it is whispered, has lost his cookies and Steven has had to step in. I wonder if Steven has been the first to whisper the Hooper rumors. It would fit his m.o."

  • April 29, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    *shakes walking stick at Frank threateningly*

    by 3774

    Whatever the infinitely-spliced sub-genre flavor of the moment is....use that.

  • April 29, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    James Cameron already took elements

    by mackmm

    For the Abyss Watch the Abyss & Poltergeist scenes and moods are very similar. 1. Jo-Beth Arch-type has a connection-sometimes emotional with the Poltergeist/Mary Elizabeth has one with Alien. Both try to convince the male lead.... 2. Scene in which ghost comes down the stairs & through mother, is is almost shot for shot to when everyone is woken up by water tentacle in Abyss 3. Craig T begs for wifes survival actually has similar dialogue to Ed Harris resuscitating MEM.

  • April 29, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Oh dear

    by cushing1967

    I try to be relaxed about remakes - purely because I love the 1931 Dracula, I love the 1958 Dracula and I love the 1992 Dracula. I don't like many of the other Dracula remakes or spinoffs or sequels but some of them hold a special place in my heart. I find it difficult to not get pissed off about a Poltergeist remake though. Oh - and Poltergeist 2 still holds up, dumb as a bag of monkeys at times but the cast are great and of course it introduced one of the scariest horror villains of all time with the Rev. Henry Kane. 'God is in - His Holy Temp---ple'

  • April 29, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I love that fucking One-Sheet!

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Is that the original? Before the iconic Carol Anne in front of the TV, with "They're Here."? If so, I've gotta have it. And I love how they bury Tobe Hooper's ( the "Director") name in-between the guys whose script Spielberg rewrote and the effects chief. Tell me that isn't Spielberg's doing. I've always heard that Hooper was so fucked up on blow that he was unable to function. The Julia Phillips quote makes it seem like he was having some sort of a breakdown. I don't think the whole, true story will ever get out. But anyone with a cursory knowledge of film can feel that it's a Spielberg movie as it has that unmistakeable early 80's Spielberg core. Whereas, Hooper never really was even a good director in my opinion. I don't think that even at the top of his game, without Stevie breathing down his neck that Hooper could have ever delivered Poltergeist even close to as is. The best thing he ever directed was TCM, and it was amateur filmmaking at best, that's what made it so effective. It wasn't an artictic decision by Hooper to make it so amateurish, it was him trying to make it professional. That's can be proven by looking at his entire body of work post-Chainsaw. I mean, Eaten Alive?, Life Force, Future Kill, this man is responsible for some of the worst and worst directed movies of 80's horror. He never again recaptured the magic of Chainsaw because the magic of Chainsaw was the lack of direction. He was toatlly incapable of directing the movie Poltergeist as we all know it. Totally incapable.

  • "it instant messages things only a child would understand"

  • by William Goldman. Those are two books that people who have naive, fanboy "Artists with Integrity" worship like views of Hollywood should Never read.

  • April 29, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    The "Poltergeist" lawsuit re: the script

    by DrSeaton

    1985 court statement from the plaintiffs' attorney: "Compare the earlier drafts to 'Housebound.' Don't just look at 'Poltergeist' in its final version. What other similarities are there in the earlier drafts? Well, there are dozens of them. There is the knife being used to free the boy from the tree. There is the closet which was located in the hall. There is the fact that Carol Anne was killed in the closet just like in 'Housebound,' and that disappears. [Although, in "Housebound" it's the mother who dies in the closet, not "Lucky," the little girl] There is the ant eating a light toque. There is the deep organic well. There is the house as a living entity. There is the fact that it was told that the inhabitants of the house should not let the beast know that it scares you. There is the use of the words 'the beasts.' There is the bath scene, the blood from the faucet, which later on didn't occur. There is the fact that one of the inhabitants of the house was pinned in the chair and flew across the room. That was in an earlier draft and it didn't occur in the final version." "The fact that the tree prevents the family from leaving. The fact that the animal [E. Buzz, apparently] was pronounced dead in the earlier versions. The fact that night lamps are hurtling through the air; et cetera, et cetera. These similarities between early drafts of 'Poltergeist' and 'Housebound' are circumstantial evidence that is going to go before the jury to determine whether or not there was access. The jury is going to determine whether it is more likely than not that that script was sent by [Clemens' agent] Korman via [Korman's secretary] Halchester and via the 'go-fers' to Spielberg and to [Kathleen] Kennedy. They are either going to believe that it was sent, and they are either going to disbelieve Kennedy or they are not. They are either going to take the circumstantial evidence of access into consideration and come to the conclusion that there is access, or they are not. That is the province of the jury." The suit was later settled out of court (in late 1986), three days before the trial was to begin. More:

  • April 30, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Another remake of a classic

    by lv_426

    Are we even surprised? I'm not. thecrouton makes a good point about these remakes. Let Me In compared to its original source Let the Right One In. Now I thought Let Me In was pretty good, but what was the point? LTR1in was good as is. So even when some of these remakes do actually turn out good, a lot of the time they're just a waste of time cause all Hollywood does now is remake good or great films. Same with Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. The original was good. I don't need an Americanized remake of it only a couple years later. I don't have an infinite amount of time to watch every redundant remake, reboot, etc... that Hollywood churns out when they could be making more new films or new, never before adapted novels for example. I just don't know what the fuck they're smoking or snorting out there in H-wood, but between the anti-creative attitude and the recent discussion about allowing texting in movie theaters, I'm seriously scratching my head over the current state of cinema. Perhaps I'll just grab the Poltergeist Blu-ray and avoid the remake and the obsessive texters at the local multiplex.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Just wait until they remake A L I E N and ALIENS

    by lv_426

    You'll all hear my screams of rage around the world... cause I'll belt out a roar of anger that will make Shatner's KHAAAANNNN!!!!!!!! from Star Trek II seem like a minor peep.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Practical effects

    by Keith

    'My friends and I spent hours trying to recreate quite a few of them when I was in junior high.' I listened to a radio show once where some guys who worked on the effects team for Poltergeist made an interesting argument in favour of practical effects. Specifically, it was that YOU CAN GET SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T EXPECT. The door is open to serendipity, something that turned out much cooler than you were anticipating because the laws of physics tend to have slightly chaotic outcomes in a complex setup. Of course, this often means you'll get shots that were crapper than those for which you were hoping, it which case you'll have to stay up 'til 3am and try a second time, or a third. But with CGI, you never get serendipity. It's always exactly what you asked for. Randomness and physics never surprise you. In the radio piece I think they talked about how the gag with the house imploding came out looker a lot cooler than they had anticipated.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Oh, it was actually a podcast

    by Keith

    American Cinematographer Podcast, specifically. And it's here:

  • April 30, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Hey drseaton

    by Keith

    I read some of your blog (interesting stuff) but the links seem a little messed up in the sidebar. I couldn't find any link to part 2 of that article, and ended up having to type it in manually (add a '2' into the URL).

  • April 30, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by Franck

    Great analysis, I love CGI when put to great use, but the serendipity factor makes it...real, no matter how crooked this may sound..

  • April 30, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    They are going to remake all of 1982.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • April 30, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Raimi thought Spider-Man mask was stupid an unnecesary

    by Rupee88

    fuck him and his 3 lame S-M films..

  • April 30, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by leehb

    Been There....Done That!.... Get a clue, Hollywood! Go away with all your no-brain repeat bullshit... Maybe if you made something worth watching, you might even get a few people to pay to see it....

  • April 30, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Craig T. Nelson has gone teabagger batshit

    by proevad

    He won't be hired for this, unless it's to prove how inclusive liberals are. Plus, he's like 400 years old. Guess he can play a corpse at the end.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    After all the evidence that's been given over the years (who directed)

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I've come to the conclusion that Poltergeist was a co-directing gig between Spielberg/Hooper. Now was it a co-directing gig because they actually wanted to work together as co-directors, or were there other reasons remains to be seen.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    They need to fix the 3rd act

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Look I like Poltergeist, but that 3rd act made no sense to me even as a kid. There is no way they would've stayed in that house for moving day after getting their daughter back, I don't care if the dwarf lady said the house was clean or not.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    If anything, they should look to Prometheus for inspiration

    by lv_426

    Basically, exploring a new avenue but set in the same fictional world or universe. Think of how much easier it would have been for 20th Century Fox to just lazily green light an Alien remake. 30 to 40 million budget directed by an up and coming director. Then if the Alien remake were a hit, they'd easily be able to do a remake of Aliens for cheap. Instead they backed Ridley Scott with a big budget for Prometheus. I'm not seeing a need for another Poltergeist film, as we've had plenty of similar films done since, many of which cover pretty much the same ground. But at least they could have collaborated with Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper and maybe done some kind of sequel offshoot with new characters or something. Have Stevie and Tobe exec produce and hire a writer to do something new or different than simply rehashing the original. At the very least that would have a lot more potential than a regular old remake.