Poltergeist Remake


It appears someone has shut themselves into a doghouse, sealed off the door with plastic and started to huff paint. At the zenith of their high, they decided that it would be a good idea to remake Poltergeist. We get the following scoop from comingsoon:

Boogeyman scribes Juliet Snowden and Stiles White will write the screenplay for MGM’s planned remake of Poltergeist, the 1982 horror film that was directed by Tobe Hooper and produced/co-written by Steven Spielberg.

The MGM/UA release grossed $122 million worldwide and earned Oscar nominations for its ILM-designed visual effects, sound effects and score.

I’m not saying my job is bad, or that I have to work hard in comparison to others; I know I have it easy. But when I have to announce this fucking shit, week after week, it certainly gets disheartening. If Hollywood continues to feed us this rehashed shit, I hope we will all make the correct decision and start bird watching.

In conclusion Poltergeist rules, fuck this remake.

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35 thoughts on “Poltergeist Remake

  1. I think that a remake its an ok thing to do but at the end of the credits they should remember heather orouke and dominque dunne and anyone elese who played and died for these films.

  2. Well, if they at least remake it in 3-D, I’ll go see it but if not, forget it. I mean, what can they really do with it that they haven’t already done. And only if they make it scarier than the original.

  3. i just don’t know about this i mean
    sure its been what 27yrs. enough time
    to start over and make a updated
    version of this film

    like many others that have been done before but the curiious side of me would love to see what hollywood would do to this classic film

    they could of course screw this up like many
    others or it could actually come off being
    a good redo most people these days would
    agree to the first

    than again this story could just be rummor
    and never see the light of day i
    think after 27yrs.snice pt1 and ruffly 20yrs
    since pt3 enough time would have passed to
    do a pt4

    unfortuatly 4 characters would need recasting since the actors who played these parts have all
    passed away yrs. ago the preacher parts 2,3 the indian med. man pt2 and the 2 daughters carol
    ann and the other girl who played her older sister

    yes you read it right bring back the indian for part4 oviously the daughters and indian
    would be older by now as well as the other
    members of the family i think it would be
    interesting to see the kids grown up
    fighting the supernautral and a grown up
    carol ann taking on the preacher

    i like the original for the effects
    that were used the cast i thought
    was good to and the kids chorus singing
    at the end during the closing credits

    somethings i didn’t like were wispering
    dialog not understanding what was being said unless u turn up the volume during those
    certain parts in the movie,se dvd not having
    more extras part that should’ve got cut
    the son leaving in the taxi with the dog
    they both at one point look back before getting
    in the cab with the parents looking on just
    didn’t look right to me sorry

    i also see the movie differently now
    after reading how several key cast
    members died in real life i was

    also dissapointed in the way part 3
    was done it was a poorly written script
    never should have been made also i read that
    a double of the actress who played carol ann
    was used during filming due to her health at
    the time

    if this movie gets the redo treatment i think
    it should been done with little cgi fx’s as
    possible and use fx’s like in the original
    or fx’s like john carpenter’s the thing

    i think it would give it a more realistic
    feel for the fans of this movie i think
    maybe cameos by the original cast too

  4. hey they could always just make a forth one and caraland is older and she has kids and damn i can spell old man name but he comes back and haught’s her kids and fuck with her i mean its be new and it would not put a dark cloud over the first one thought on that maybe

  5. I gotta agree with what seems to be the general trend here — if a movie can stand an upgrade (Lord of the Rings, comes to mind) due to the advent of technology that simply wasn’t available when the movie was originally done, then fine. However, Poltergeist isn’t one of those. The story holds up (what parent doesn’t fall apart with the thought that their child is gone by someone you can’t track), the effects hold up (what, are they going to make the closet suck in toys faster?), it’s still a movie to frighten (my 10 year old won’t go near it) and a remake is unnecessary. They may as well (outside of the genre) remake Sound of Music or Mary Poppins for crying out loud. When it ain’t broke people, don’t fix it.

  6. I’d have to agree with Geoff on this one…

    Poltergeist is one of my favorite films; I saw it with one of my best friends at the time, on the last day of 7th grade. Needless to say, it scared me SO badly that, even at the age of 13, I had to sleep on the floor in my parents’ room that night. It’s a timeless classic that can’t be improved upon, and I was such a fan of the series that I even have poor Heather O’Rourke’s autograph (ironically, I sent her a fan letter 3 days before she passed away, and about 2 weeks later, I received the autographed photo in the mail from the studio). That being said…

    It certainly would be interesting to see what a new, current take on the story would be like. Yes, CG effects just don’t have the “wow” factor that FX back in the day had (when we all wondered “How did they DO that?” Now, we know it’s all just pulled out of a computer. Yawn.), but it would be neat to see the horror factor pumped up with effects that just couldn’t be done at the time. And it would be cool to see new takes on the tree attack, the clown doll, Carol Anne’s abduction, the Freeling’s final escape, etc. And just imagine…this time around, Carol Anne would be talking to ghosts on a huge, flat panel HD television set….


  7. Plus…

    Would you believe that the skeletons in the pool at the end were actually real? And JoBeth Williams didn’t know until after the take. You think they’d do something like that today? hahaha probably not. If they did, 3 days later someone would probably pretend to complain of some kind of illness and try to sue the Film Studio for money because of it. Anything to make a buck these days I swear. And remaking of old Hollywood classics such as this is a sure sign. Needless to say lack of new, original ideas. Instead, let’s not come up with something new and creative on our own, but remake someone else’s great idea into our own which (will probably most likely) suck. And, even if it was partially good, it’s still not fair to redo something so good that was done good already. (That doesn’t sound right). Whatever.

  8. Some movies should never EVER be remade. Not even attempted. Poltergeist is one. Needless to say of the fact that all I think about when I watch it is how unfair it was for two of the actors to have died. It just seems almost disrespectful in making a remake because of that. It’s been what, 26 years since it came out? For it’s time, it was quite the horror flick spite it’s PG rating at the time. Additionally, no movie uses special effects like they did then. Who cares if you can see a wire or two. They re-do something like that today and it’s all going to be CG which in my opinion, is far more obvious and boring and disatisfying than a wire or two. If the movie’s good, you don’t pay attention to looking for wires. You’re watching the film. If it’s CG, it doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, it’s just obvious and lame.

    I heard they were makin’ a Poltergeist remake and I said no, no, no.

  9. Probably won’t be as good as the original. I mean the first Poltergeist was a blast, nothing was as scary as that film. Sure it’s silly sometimes, that is with all horror films. My ratings for the three Poltergeist films.

    Poltergeist (8.3. Great)
    Poltergeist II: The Other Side (7.0. Good)
    Poltergeist III (4.3. Poor)

  10. This is the worst idea or lack of an idea. . . I am so sick of all these lame remakes to films that are awesome and don’t need to be remade. This thing is going to be so full of lousy looking CGI effects that “supposedly” look so much better. Seriously, out of all the recent remakes, most of them have been terrible. . . the only way we will see a stop to this BS is if people do not go and see this crap.

    1. The well’s not dry, they’re just not bothering to look down it anymore. They have a closed circle of weak writers, and are afraid to step outside of it. The answer to their problem lies in the talent pool OUTSIDE of Hollywood.

  11. In matters of the heart, I usually agree with you over Mr. Campea, Doug Nagy, but I gotta call shenanigans on this one. Yes, the Boogeyman team isn’t inspiring a lot of hope, but I would like to see what the right director would do visually with new technologies and a fresh story line. The original is still a beautifully shot film, but there’s always room for a new take. I have much more of a problem with Hollywood remaking old televisions shows as movies.

    Also, there are a lot of conflicting reports on Spielberg’s involvement in the original. Having seen both Spielberg and Hooper’s other work, it’s easy to see that there was a TON of Spielberg influence in there, but often when directors become producers they do wield that kind of stylistic influence. Would love to read that book, though.

    But is there anyone in the world that doesn’t want to see a new take on coffins in the pool and creepy clowns? That shit is timeless.

  12. somebody has to tell Hollywood to start something new!
    Everything is getting remade from Prom Night, Halloween, Hellraiser, Highlander, Candyman, and now this.

  13. Poltergeist is already a timeless classic. It’s somewhere on the list of movies that don’t need to be remade, much like Planet of the Apes and Willy Wonka.

    What’s going to happen is that we’ll end up with a technologically superior, yet overall still-inferior, movie that’ll pull in a few good numbers for a couple weeks, then end up in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart.

  14. Time for me to chime in, and it won’t be pretty.

    First off, the first Poltergeist film was released in 1982. It is a franchise that would have got dusted off sooner or later. While there have been remakes from time to time, I would like to point out that, as much as we moan and groan about it, over a half of the remakes announced, much less suspected in the last few years have hardly come to pass (The Warriors? Revenge Of The Nerds?); I would also like to point out that a number of them that do haven’t been that stellar (When A Stranger Calls, The Fog, April Fool’s Day), and only succeed in making the original look that much better (The Hitcher, Hills Have Eyes) and then there’s the one film that hits it out of the park (3:10 To Yuma).

    Yes, it must be sick of hearing remake of this and that (just a matter of time before someone gets their mitts on “Night Of The Comet”, something which we much band together NOW before it happens!)

    One thing I don’t want: if this comes to pass (meaning “in production” and not development hell) is a internet casting of “Who Looks like Zelda Rubenstien?” and that garbage.

    I suppose FX can be improved, although maggots spewing out of a crawling steaks and dudes ripping flesh of the face isn’t CGI required. So that’s minimal. That, for me, is the trump card. There’s nothing new to say or do. Not unless the corpse under the swimming pool crawl out come back to life, and terrorize the suburb.

    Good luck with that.

    Anyway, unless this is in name only, it is much ado about nothing.

  15. 100% AGREED! I like this movie, and just like The Exorcist, a remake for those movies are really unnecessary!

    Nothing against remakes (at least to good ones), but it really is starting to look like there is a remake being made left and right these days.

  16. I wonder if they will use Jerry Goldsmith’s work with this new remake or come up with something new.

    O_o Seriously this crap is just to much.

  17. I don’t care about movies being remade. That’s not the problem, Johnny Boy. But the films that are being remade, a good lot of them dont’ need it. They dont’ benefit. In my opinion, the only two reasons to remake a film is to try and do a better job or go a new direction with it that would make more sense given the story lines. And I don’t see how a Poltergeist remake would do that.

  18. cinema is only 100 years old. There’s plenty of room for remakes. Besides, remakes is NOT a new phenomenon. Remakes have been occurring since the the early days of cinema. People are just making it a big fuss nowadays.

  19. WHAT THE HELL. The original was classic. And it’s going to be ruined by this remake. It’s going to be CG’ed to hell.

  20. “Tommorow it’s going to be COMING SOON….Scarface starring Russell Crowe as Tony Montana and Shia Lebouf as Manny.”

    Well, the Scarface starring Al Pacino is a remake itself, so it wouldn’t be unprecedented.

  21. There’s no way they can do this right. It’s retarded, why are all these frickin horror remakes? And why do al of them have to suck?!

  22. Hear Hear Doug!

    What’s next Star Wars Episode 4(b) with
    Jared Padalecki as Luke
    Megan Fox as Leia
    Freddie Prinze Jr as Han Solo
    The Rock as Chewbacca?

  23. WTF!? Are they even trying anymore. Tommorow it’s going to be COMING SOON….Scarface starring Russell Crowe as Tony Montana and Shia Lebouf as Manny.

    GOD help us all!!!

  24. And of course what makes it even more bullshit is that they got the writers of that shit movie Boogeyman to write the damn thing. May the Poltergeist curse haunt and cause them to suffer!

  25. There’s ‘sposed to be a book coming out about the production of Poltergeist and the producer / director relationship between Spielberg / Hooper.

    My guess is that Spielberg wanted to hand it over to Hooper, but was too close and ended up pushing Hooper out of the way (both in physical and a metaphorical sense).

    IF NOT… than Hooper has an excellent eye not demonstrated since Poltergeist.



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