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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

poltergeist-blu-ray-cover-71Poltergeist is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download.

Blu-ray info source: Amazon

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Travis Grimm

Travis Grimm

Travis has been a self-proclaimed geek ever since being introduced to Star Wars before he could speak. He spends most of his free time reading comics, watching TV, collecting toys, blogging, and traveling the US to attend all sorts of conventions. He also likes coffee quite a bit.

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