Coming to theaters this Friday from director Gil Kenan and 20th Century Fox comes a home filled with “Poltergiest.”

This film tells the story of the Bowen family, led by Eric (Sam Rockwell) with wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt), as they move into their new home. Immediately, Griffin (Kyle Catlett) realizes something is wrong, but he doesn’t know what. Going into sister Maddie’s room (Kennedi Clements), he sees her talking to nothing.

Griffin goes into his room where a huge willow tree outside the window frightens him. The parents are worried, thinking he might need help with his problems. They discover that the house is built on an old cemetery, and right away Griffin’s fears come alive.

At the same time, older sister Kendra (Saxon Sharbino) has an incident of her own. Now Maddie is becoming afraid of what she is hearing, but still is taken by the house. Eric and Amy bring in Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris), a television psychic who wants to help the family.

Now they must all face their fears to save their family!

Rockwell as Eric played the fun loving, goofy dad here. The film is moving so fast that there isn’t much room for drama. He does cry one time — and it’s pretty convincing — but that’s about it. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, it’s just what it is. DeWitt as Amy played a typical mom, and I have to say that her character really didn’t do a lot for me.

Clements as Maddie is a nice creepy kid and does it very well — a little scarier than the original character of Carole Ann. Catlett as Griffin plays a frightened kid pretty well too. Sharbino as Kendra plays a bratty teenager fairly well, too. Harris as Burke probably gets my hero-of-the-movie award.

Other cast members include: Jane Adams as Dr. Brooke Powell, Susan Heyward as Sophie, Nicholas Braun as Boyd, Karen Ivany as Mrs. Stoller and Patrick Garrow as Mr. Stoller.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Poltergiest” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I will say that it did keep me watching, but I also have to say that nothing will replace the original.

I’m not a huge fan of remakes and I have absolutely no problem sticking by that point. They really are a waste of time and money, especially when the films being remade just don’t cut it. The 1982 Spielberg film is a classic, and I can watch it over and over again.

That being said this isn’t worst remake I’ve seen and I’m sure it will do fine. There were plenty of references to the original but they were just that — references. Personally I thought the CGI was horrible. If you’re going to do a remake and have better CGI technology, perhaps it should really reflect in the film — which it doesn’t.

In the end — they know what scares you.



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