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It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses, or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist is coming out on May 22. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of the new film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. Source: Getty / MGM The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most famous scenes features JoBeth Williams's character, Diane, falling into the family's pool, and it's filled with skeletons. You might not know that those skeletons are actually »
May 1 is the unofficial start of the blockbuster season, and of course, these time-travelling, superhero-fighting, talking robot movies are the big tickets this summer. From Age of Ultron to Mad Max: Fury Road, and Terminator: Genisys, it seems like every beloved franchise is heading back to theatres this summer.
If you have franchise fatigue, don't worry. We still got you covered. There are tons of original stories heading your way during the summer months!
If you’re looking to get away from the special effects and superhero drama that comes hand in hand with the summer blockbuster season, your best bet during these warmer months are comedies. Amy Schumer finally gets her own starring vehicle this summer – Trainwreck – and the soon-to-be crowned comedy queen looks primed to shine brightly in a comedy slate that also includes new material from Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, as well as the sequels to Ted, »
- Cineplex Entertainment
As a diehard fan of the 1982 original, I am beyond thrilled to unveil the very first clip from Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist remake. Just like in Tobe Hooper’s film, Kenan’s will feature a family that moves into a new home and comes to learn that their development was built on a cemetery, but not before some nasty evil forces make contact with their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) and bring her into their realm. There’s been a good deal of talk about how Kenan is putting a contemporary spin on the classic tale and you can really feel it in this clip. The setting and tech are modern, but the conversation between little Madison and the TV static is clearly right in line with the same scene from the original film. Sticking with the theme of adapting to modern times and trying something completely new, we’re also »
- Perri Nemiroff
Remakes of horror movies are nothing new in Hollywood. We recently got one for Evil Dead, The Thing, and we’re a few weeks away from a modernized version of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist. Even in terms of ’70s horror, there have been countless sequels and spinoffs all varying on the initial premise of The Exorcist.
But this latest planned remake boggles the mind. Don’t Look Now is Nicolas Roeg’s classic art house horror staple of the ’70s. Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, it’s the story of a family who tragically loses their daughter in a drowning accident, then travels to Venice to try and piece their life back together, only to be warned by a clairvoyant nun that their daughter brings a message of danger from the afterlife. It’s not your typical jump-scare fest for teenagers to say the least.
The movie is also »
- Brian Welk
With little under a month until its release, the marketing campaign for 20th Century Fox’s modern Poltergeist retelling is beginning to plateau; after all, there’s only so much of a horror film you can tease before undercutting the element of surprise. But before Gil Kenan’s reboot looms into theaters, the studio has unveiled what is surely the last poster for the upcoming movie, showcasing the fine, neon-blue line between our world and the next.
Taking a slightly different approach to the seminal, Tobe Hooper classic from 1982, the Monster House director will introduce us to a young couple portrayed by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt who soon unearth dark, supernatural forces beneath the idyllic exterior of the new suburban home. Said forces soon manifest themselves through various electrical equipment in the house – hence that iconic shot of hands pressed against the television set – and kidnap the pair’s youngest daughter. »
- Michael Briers
Coming to screens later this year is a brand new remake of the classic Tobe Hooper horror movie Poltergeist. The film is directed by British helmer Gil Kenan (Monster House, City Of Ember) and stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams. The legendary Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) produces.
The story revolves around a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
We have a brand new poster for the film, which is very reminiscent of the original, which has just been release by 20th Century Fox, the studio that co-produces with MGM.
Check it out below.
Poltergeist is released on both sides of the Atlantic on May 22nd, 2015.
Source: Fox/ MGM »
- Paul Heath
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Confession: I vastly prefer the spook-a-minute heightened Poltergeist-reality of the Insidious franchise to that of the more somber Exorcist-esque The Conjuring. That both franchises were started by newfound action extraordinaire James Wan only serves as proof of the man’s death grip hold on mainstream horror cinema. Sure -- the horror scene is a booming in the indie verse (see It Follows or The Babadook or Spring…); but for the mainstream wide-release horrors, chances are (if its any good) you’ll see one of two names attached: producer Jason Blum or James Wan. For Insidious though -- you get both. In the third entry in the surprisingly durable series, writer Leigh Whannell takes over directorial duties from James Wan. Insidious: Chapter 3 serves as a prequel to the first two films, allowing Whannell to bring back and focus in on the best character of the series: Lin Shaye’s »
- Tommy Cook
When it comes to glossy studio-backed haunted-house movies, "Poltergeist" was the first out of the gate and arguably remains the best, a thrilling big-budget adventure ride produced (and some would say partially directed) by Steven Spielberg that brought an Amblin-esque sheen to a creaky sub-genre harkening back to such "old dark house" fare as 1927's "The Cat and the Canary" and 1944's "The Uninvited." At the time it undoubtedly felt like a fresh take, and even more than 1979's "The Amityville Horror" it set the template for the modern supernatural horror movie. The upcoming Gil Kenan-directed remake, meanwhile? Can't say I'm chomping at the bit for it. Though I felt cautiously optimistic after hearing about the talent attached -- "Rabbit Hole" playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the script, while Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt were set to star as the central couple who fight to free their young »
- Chris Eggertsen
“I want you all to clear your minds. They already know what scares you.” It was effective when Tangina (Zelda Rubenstein) said it in 1982. It rattles the nerves again to hear it in the brand new trailer for the supernatural thriller, Poltergeist.
This summer, legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a suburban family’s fight to save their youngest daughter, when she is captured by the evil forces haunting their home.
Also, be sure to check out Poltergeist‘s terrifying “Fear Factory”, where fans who post about their own fears using the hashtag #WhatAreYouAfraidOf will be sent personalized content bringing those fears to life. Tell us #WhatAreYouAfraidOf, and see all the customized content on the official Poltergeist Twitter account @Poltergeist today.
- Michelle McCue
Not scared enough by the first pictures from the Poltergeist reboot? The new trailer will fix that. One of several of 2015's upcoming horror movies, the 1985 classic has been reworked to give nightmares to a whole new generation. This version - which will be in 3D - stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents of youngster Madison (Kennedi Clements), who disappears inside their newly purchased home. She's not just hiding under the bed, either. An evil spirit has taken ahold of the house, and it starts controlling things to scare the ever-loving crap out of its owners. Enter the medium, a role originated by Zelda Rubinstein and now played by Mad Men's Jared Harris. The trailer looks really fun (in a terrifying way), and the movie opens on July 31. Here's the original, as well. »
MGM and 20th Century Fox have today released a brand new trailer for their summer horror remake of Poltergeist, which you can watch below!
Legendary filmmaker and producer Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell) and director Gil Kenan (Monster House) contemporize Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back), Rosemarie DeWitt (Men, Women and Children), Jared Harris (The Quiet Ones), Saxon Sharbino (Trust Me), and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), along with 8-year-old Kennedi Clements.
Poltergeist is set for release on May 22nd.
- Scott J. Davis
This time around, Monster House‘s Gil Kenan is in the director’s chair, and it’s understood that this modern incarnation will only use the original as a touching point, rather than simply cutting and pasting all of those effective haunted house tropes from thirty years ago. Mind you, Kenan’s reboot of-sorts will still be largely situated within the confinements of one old, haunted house.
Hoping to start a new chapter in their lives, it’s Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt young couple who move into said house, which effectively tips the first malevolent domino over and instigates a whole host of spine-chilling events. It’s not long before their daughter suddenly goes missing, abducted into the realm of all-things-evil, leaving the pair with no »
- Michael Briers
"I want you all to clear your minds. They already know what scares ya." The second trailer for the Poltergeist remake has arrived, so prepare to clear your minds and watch more spirit-driven scares in the Bowen's haunted home.
"Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever."
- Derek Anderson
The second official Poltergeist trailer is here and through the sort of modern conceit of unnaturally strobing a preview to make it seem more intense, there are some nice nods and inversions to the original Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed classic. It’s certainly cute that the young Griffin Bowen’s (Kyle Catlett) bedsheets in the film recall the hat and dress…
- Samuel Zimmerman
The upcoming remake of Poltergeist has already shown that it will be reimagining some of the most iconic moments from the original film, including a young girl sitting in front of a static-filled television and a killer evil tree, but it's the famous clown that has wound up being front and center of the movie's new poster. You can check it out below: This new poster comes to us from Games Radar, and it's definitely quite terrifying. The mouth alone is creepy - as nothing that's not evil or insane smiles that big - but it's really the eyes that may induce pant-wetting. After all, those are some very human-looking eyeballs, and they are a lot more "alive" than the ones featured in one of the Poltergeist remake's first stills. Of course, the biggest question that arises is whether or not it is scarier than the clown from Tobe Hooper »
After a number of trailers and TV spots, it's quite clear that the iconic clown from the original 1982 horror classic Poltergeist is responsible for one of this remake's biggest scares. A new poster has arrived for the new haunted house thrill ride, and it showcases the not-so-funny doll cracking an evil grin before it leaps off the toy shelf with its cruel intentions. Don't be afraid, it's only a movie!
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi takes over from Steven Spielberg as producer on Poltergeist, with director Gil Kenan stepping in for original director Tobe Hooper. Together, they bring a contemporized spin on this legendary tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
20th Century Fox and MGM will release Poltergeist this summer, »
Get that letterman jacket out of storage and get ready for more old white people on TV. Following this week’s announcement that Fox will be backing a six-episode return of Chris Carter’s The X-Files, NBC has now announced that they have ordered a 13-episode renewal of Coach, the inexplicably long-running sitcom that made a star out of Craig T. Nelson. The basic plot find’s Nelson’s Hayden Fox playing second-fiddle to his son, the head coach of an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that has never had a football team before. Barry Kemp, the creator-producer-writer of the original series, which went off the air in 1997, will return to write the new series, while also executive producing the show with Nelson. [caption id="attachment_87541" align="alignright" width="352"] Image via Pixar[/caption] Little else is known about the casting or salient narrative details of the new series, other than it will be a multi-cam sitcom. »
- Chris Cabin
This updated version of the Steven Spielberg-produced horror classic brings the terror of the vengeful spirit world to a modern family.
The Bowens (Rockwell and DeWitt) must bring their family together to rescue their young daughter when demons invade their home to kidnap her.
Horror genre legend Sam Raimi is producing this version of Poltergeist, which is directed by City of Ember filmmaker Gil Kenan. The updated screenplay was adapted by Inkheart writer David Lindsay-Abaire.
Rockwell has described this updated version of Poltergeist as more of a kids' movie than true horror.
Poltergeist opens on May 22 in the UK and the Us.
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Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and produced by horror maestro Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man), the remake remiagines and contemporises the classic tale of a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back), Rosemarie DeWitt (Men, Women and Children), Jared Harris (The Quiet Ones), Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), along with 8-year-old Kennedi Clements as Madison, a new character replacing Heather O’Rourke’s Carol Anne from the original. »
- Scott J. Davis
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