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