RELEASE DATE: 21/05/2015
RUN TIME: 1HR 33MIN
Eric (Sam Rockwell) and Amy Bowen (Rosemarie DeWitt) have fallen upon tough times and are forced to move to a less-than-desirable neighbourhood. As soon as they shift into their new house, their younger children Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and Maddie (Kennedi Clements) start experiencing strange occurrences - from uncovering collections of creepy clowns to encountering immovable closet doors with hair-raising powers. When Maddie is taken captive by evil forces, a team of paranormal investigators seem to be the family's only chance to get her back.
The most vital thing to note is - 'Poltergeist' is genuinely scary. There's a healthy combination of jump-in-your-seat frights and palpable psychological tension. It doesn't take itself too seriously, however, with DeWitt and Rockwell providing lighter moments of humour that give the film some much-needed contrast.
There's no messing around as far as the story's concerned either - writer David Lindsay-Abaire has assembled a water-tight creation that comes in at just 93 minutes. That being said, there do appear to be a few plot points which were left on the cutting room floor; concepts established and never mentioned again.
'Poltergeist' is genuinely scary.
The special effects in this film are very good - for all of the supernatural goings-on, there's a real believability in the events taking place in front of your eyes. My only criticism visually would be that the baddies are revealed a little too blatantly, but then I've always been a fan of keeping the things that go bump in the night hidden well away.
'Poltergeist' is certainly a very adequate adaptation of the original film. While this isn't going to become a cult classic any time soon, If you're happy to endure an hour and a half of scares, this is guaranteed to make you jump.