We all suffered a collective cringe when it was announced that Fox 2000 would revive Tobe Hooper's revered 1982 classic, Poltergeist, as part of their 2015 release roster. So many of us grew up with that satisfying horror film, and its indelible images of a silky homicidal clown and marauding tree monster are fused into our supernatural-spiked minds. Produced under the careful guidance of horror master Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman Trilogy), this new Poltergeist has been branded with a PG-13 rating and contemporizes the suburban home haunting story with a new principal character named Carrigan, played by Jared Harris, who moonlights as a ghostbuster when not hosting a popular cable TV show called Haunted House Cleaners.
Sam Rockwell stars as the father character played by Craig T. Nelson in the original film, and recently chatted with Collider about seeing Poltergeist's unedited footage, its tone and the direction of this reboot, settling our fears that this reimagining by director Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember) would crush our childhood dreams. Here's what he had to say:
"I've seen a little in looping. I hope it's good. I really don't know. I really wish I could tell you. I'm praying that it's – I mean, it's gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one's pretty damn good. This one's gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that. The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it's really through his point-of-view. So it's more of a kids' movie so I don't know if it's gonna be like rated-R scary. It's not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it's a different kind of movie. It's more of an adventure. It's essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too."
While many fans secretly prayed the extreme fright factor and gore would be amped up for a potential R rating, it seems we'll all have to throttle our bloodlust back down to a more tame, family-style affair. Are you down with that decision, or will you be boycotting this ethereal intrusion forever?
Also starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams, Poltergeist invades theaters in 3D on July 24, 2015.