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Poltergeist ★★

Director: Gil Kenan

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Celements, Jared Harris

A remake of the 1982 film of the same name, Poltergeist is an updated version of the original. The film follows a seemingly normal suburban home which is invaded by spirits who wish to take their youngest daughter. When things begin to escalate and their daughter is taken, it’s up to the rest of the family to try to save her.

As remakes go, Poltergeist isn’t bad. The scripting is good but there are some flaws. The basic plotline is the same but is also very similar to many films of recent times but is more similar to the storyline used in Insidious. This film takes influence from the horror films of late.

There are a few scares and some edge of the seats moments. Some of the scares are a bit predictable; however the director uses shots and sound to help build some of the tension. There is also some good use of CGI throughout the film.

Sam Rockwell is brilliant as always and the rest of the cast play their parts well. Jared Harris, however, is slightly underused and only in it briefly. Sadly there isn’t much in the way of character development either.

Poltergeist isn’t as scary as some horror films that have been released before now but it’s enjoyable enough.

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