Poltergeist remake will actually be a sequel, which is a good thing

Illustration for article titled emPoltergeist/em remake will actually be a sequel, which is a good thing

We were all a little terrified when MGM announced they would be remaking Poltergeist. However, we took some solace in the hiring of Monster House director Director Director Gil Kenan. But when the alleged synopsis dropped earlier this week we couldn't stop screaming. The whole thing sounded like a bad mirror of the original. Thank goodness, a bit more plot detail has surfaced.


Bloody Disgusting previously described the plot of the new film as such:

[T]he new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead.

Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.”? The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university.Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl.


Which is basically a remake of the original, with the obligatory "let's sex it up to be modern" crap, like adding reality TV. Which — okay, fine, whatever, this is why we can't have nice things, etc. BUT WAIT — Moviehole is now reporting that this synopsis is lacking in important details that make this movie a sequel, NOT a reboot. Which is promising:

Firstly, the Kenan-directed Raimi-produced reboot – much like the “Evil Dead” remake – exists in the same world as the previous “Poltergeist” films. So while it is a ‘reboot’ of the franchise, it’s also somewhat of a sequel – taking place years after the Freelings were ran out of town.

In one scene in the new film, the kids’ find some things behind the sliding panel in the attic. Yep, you guessed it – they find some of the Freeling’s possessions, intentionally left behind. There’s the Star Wars bed sheets (from Robbie’s room), a black-and-white TV set (why, of course!), and some Christmas decorations.

Now this is something we can get behind. We love that old horror trope of a town collectively denying anything bad ever happened. It's all so very Nightmare on Elm Street. These kids are DOOMED. Moviehole continues on describing a few fan service scenes such as the presence of the scary tree and that terrible clown.

Honestly we're much more excited now that we know this movie isn't going to pretend that Poltergeist the original, never happened.


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OK, I think I partially watched this movie as a child. In my mind, I have a distinct memory of a girl in red footie PJs, standing in a puddle. And it is terrifying, because the scary things come through reflective surfaces, like water and mirrors? It scared the crap out of me but I couldn't stop watching. Am I remembering right or am I full of it?