I feel like I need to lay down a little reality here. Having seen the original Poltergeist only as an adult, I think I can say without a nostalgia haze that it does not play as particularly scary today. It’s FUN, yes – but giant animatronic ghost skeletons and lasery light shows fall more under the category of goofy kicks than fright.
From what I see in this new Sam Raimi-produced remake trailer, there will be scares. There will also be weird missteps, like static electricity in place of magic sliding across the floor, or Jared Harris in the Zelda Rubinstein role (seriously? I guess Harris is what passes for “weird-looking” in modern Hollywood). Director Gil Kenan’s animated Monster House was essentially a tribute to Poltergeist to begin with, so this is a fair match-up. I just hope it’s a better movie. I will say I’m glad it’s being produced by a fan of excess like Sam Raimi rather than the austere/minimalist Jason Blum.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist