In new Poltergeist preview, Sam Raimi wants the film to appeal to a modern audience

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Apr 23, 2015, 6:26 PM EDT (Updated)

Raise your hand if you've seen the 1982 movie Poltergeist. Now use that hand to cover your eyes -- because that's how we usually watch the creeptastic horror. But we're keeping our eyes on the remake, because producer Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan want to create a modern take on the classic we know and love.

20th Century Fox and MGM have released a preview to ComingSoon that includes comments from Kenan and Raimi interspersed with trailer footage. In it, Raimi says, "This is a chance to reintroduce the story and make it accessible to the modern audience." 

We're, of course, looking forward to this remake, although we don't think Poltergeist is particularly outdated. The television that ate Carol-Anne is painfully retro, and the face-peeling scene could use an update. But the themes of family and love are as relevant today as they were back in the '80s.

And clowns will always be scary.

Poltergeist will be released on May 22, 2015. It stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Kennedi Clements as the ill-fated little girl around whom the horrors revolve.

(Via ComingSoon)