POLTERGEIST Frightens But Falls A Bit Flat – Blu-ray Review
Poltergeist is a horror classic. Anyone can identify the little girl with her hands to the television screen as multiple pairs of hands appear from behind the screen. It’s iconic. It’s a horror icon which means when the word “remake” or “reboot” are thrown around, it terrifies people. So when they announced that a remake of the cult class Poltergeist would soon be a work in progress, I was against it. Naturally. Fast forward to when the first trailer dropped and I was hooked. Something about it screamed fun, but it also worried me. I had two concerns. A.) The CGI from the trailer. There was a hell of a lot of it. B.) It was rated PG-13. I’m not against PG-13 horror movies by any means, but that rating is so artistically limiting for a film like the Poltergeist, in my opinion at least. But I figured since Sam Raimi is producing it, that it probably has a great shot at being, well, great. Turns out I’d be half right, but also half wrong.
I honestly enjoyed this Poltergeist remake. It was a really fun “Friday night in while it storms” type of flick, but it didn’t terrify me by any means. Yes, a few jump scares got me, but that was about it. I found the trailers to be more life ruining than the film itself, which is a sad realization I had after watching this film. I had that problem with it, but that didn’t mean I will disown it for a lifetime. Like I said, it was fun. Nothing horribly mortifying, just plain fun that dealt with a Poltergeist of sorts. It’s definitely one of the better horror films of recent years. Not a type 10 deal, but just the way it was shot and crafted, I could appreciate. The thing with the Poltergeist is that the original is still better, but this remake isn’t horrible. Shocking, I know. But it was handled carefully and it really shows. There’s so many scenes that were remade, not redone, which I highly appreciated. Nothing worse than a shot-for-shot horror film, am I right?
Final thoughts: Pretty fun, not brilliant nor terrifying, just a whole lot of paranormal fun!
A young suburban girl is abducted by spirits that have besieged her family’s home. Desperate, her parents devise a plan to rescue her from the other side in this remake of Tobe Hooper’s seminal 1982 horror film. Sam Raimi produces with Monster House’s Gil Kenan helming. ~ Rovi
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2015
Run Time: 94 minutes
Blu-ray info source: Amazon