Red Alert

They’re here... Mon­ster House direc­tor res­ur­rects Poltergeist on the big screen

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The new Poltergeist kicks off our news sec­tion.

Hor­ror re­makes get a bad rap. The Fog, Hal­loween, A Night­mare On Elm Street and their like may de­serve a bru­tal butcher­ing in the woods at the hands of some masked ma­niac, but The Fly, The Ring, The Thing and many more be­sides prove there’s of­ten new life in old frights.

The lat­est clas­sic hor­ror to take up res­i­dence on re­make lane is iconic ’ 80s chiller Poltergeist, with City Of Em­ber’s Gil Ke­nan fill­ing in for erst­while ghost wran­gler Tobe Hooper in the direc­tor’s chair. But rather than sim­ply up­date the orig­i­nal film’s ropey ef­fects and lan­guid pac­ing, it’s the tale it­self that was ripe for re- ex­plo­ration ac­cord­ing to Ke­nan.

“Ul­ti­mately it’s a great story. It’s the per­fect ex­pres­sion of how the things we take most for granted – the kitchens where we cook, the bed­rooms where we sleep – be­come a play­ground for hor­ror,” Ke­nan tells Red Alert dur­ing the fi­nal few weeks of post­pro­duc­tion on the film. “Those el­e­ments in the orig­i­nal Poltergeist were what first got me ex­cited about mak­ing movies.”

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