The horror genre is one of the most popular, due to its unwavering support from its passionate and diehard fans. We (and I say we, because I'm one of them) are in search of yet another classic horror film to be inducted in our precious library. But sadly many horror films these days attempt but fail to leave much of an impression.
We of course all remember the first time we heard those dark forces call out for "Carol Anne" in Steven Spielberg's original "Poltergeist". A film that definitely deserves to be listed with other classics of its kind. Well my friends, the original film is getting a remake, whether you like it or not. I'm generally pretty skeptical when it comes to remakes because I prefer original ideas to be explored, opposed to studios trying to recapture the magic and nostalgia of a recycled one. That is, unless they can make the remake really something spectacular and bring something fresh to an already wonderful concept.
When I first heard of a "Poltergeist" remake I certainly wasn't too pleased. But with the most recent news of the incredible Sam Rockwell in talks to star in the film, alongside Rosemarie DeWitt who is already locked in as the female lead, my optimistic heart once again began to soar. Rockwell is one of my favorite actors and the characters he brings to life on the big-screen are nothing short of inspired, real and captivating. If Rockwell and DeWitt were to star in this remake, they have already set the bar pretty high in terms of locking talent.
The script was written by David Lindsay-Abaire ("Oz: The Great and Powerful") and the story will focus on the Bowen family and their battle against evil spirits when their daughter Madison is abducted by said forces. The plot is near identical to the original 1982 film but the family in that one was called the Freelings and the daughter's infamous name has been altered as well. Sam Raimi is producing and Gil Kenan is helming, known for his directorial credits on "City of Ember" and "Monster House".
With Raimi's involvement and the potential of Rockwell starring, you certainly have caught our attention. Will be interesting to see how this one shakes out. We'll keep you updated as new information becomes available.
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