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Director Gil Kenan Talks Poltergeist, Why He Made the Film, and Future Projects

25 May 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon SharbinoKyle CatlettSusan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. For more on Poltergeist, here’s director Gil Kenan, the trailer, Perri’s review and a clip. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I spoke to Kenan. While I already posted part 1 of our conversation (he talked about his first cut of the film, »

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Watch: Poltergeist’s Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt Play “Save or Kill”

24 May 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon SharbinoKyle CatlettSusan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. While I already posted the first part of my interview with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, it’s now time to watch them play “Save or Kill.” If you haven’t seen it yet, the game reveals which franchises, characters or bands someone »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Review: Poltergeist

23 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

On Thursday, I saw the Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember)-directed movie Poltergeist, a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 masterpiece. David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Guardians) re-adapted the script from the original film, which had been conceived and co-written by Steven Spielberg. I expected the new movie to completely suck, so I'm surprised to disagree with many of my fellows and say that it's not great, but it's sort of okay.

If you haven't watched the 1982 Poltergeist, which stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Find it on disc or online. It's the apex of family horror films and the greatest haunted house movie ever made, so it's little surprise Kenan would be chosen to direct the remake, based on his earlier Monster House. Hooper's original figures heavily in this review, and you »

- Mike Saulters

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Review: Poltergeist (2015)

22 May 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"They’re here." The 1982 horror classic Poltergeist, directed by Toby Hooper of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre fame, and highly influenced by Steven Spielberg, has been an influence for many horror films since its release. It's no surprise, especially for a horror film, that a remake would be inevitable. How does one fill the shoes of the original Poltergeist? You don’t. It’s impossible. Director Gil Kenan, who directed 2006’s animated Monster House, takes on the unenvied task of updating Poltergeist. With a few accomplished scenes and set pieces, this updated product hits all the highlights, but looses all the substance that made the original a portrait of quaint suburban life turned into a nightmare.

The Bowen family move into a suburban community and strange occurrences begin happening in their new home. Eric (Sam Rockwell) is looking for a fresh start after being recently laid off from his job »

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Director Gil Kenan Talks Poltergeist, Deleted Scenes, and Blu-ray Extended Cut

22 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon SharbinoKyle CatlettSusan Heyward and Nicholas Braun. While some might be nervous about the remake, I was actually surprised by how well it’s put together. However, it’s definitely aimed at a younger audience, and it’s important to know that going in. A few days ago I sat down with Gil Kenan for a video interview. He talked about his first cut of the film, deleted scenes, what he learned from the test screening process, how he’s releasing an extended cut on Blu-ray, what »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Review: 'Poltergeist' feels like a half-hearted karaoke riff on the original

22 May 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Director Gil Kenan's work on "Poltergeist" is, like his work on "City Of Ember" and "Monster House," smart and focused and technically adept. He has done about as good a job as anyone would have done with David Lindsay-Abaire's screenplay based on the 1982 film, and the same is true of the cast. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams are all very good at what they do. The various visual effects houses and tech departments on the film all did what they were hired to do, and taken as a whole, "Poltergeist" is professional and slick and entirely fine. It's also unnecessary in every way. There are a few moments here and there where Kenan pieces together a few images or a few new ideas, and in those moments, we get a glimpse of the potential for doing a new "Poltergeist." For the most part, though, »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Poltergeist' (2015) Movie Review

22 May 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

What made Tobe Hooper's -- or Steven Spielberg's, depending on whom you ask -- Poltergeist so iconic was how it blended a mix of humor, heart and character with the same atmosphere and tension. It became the rare mainstream Hollywood thriller with just the right technical and creative talent to shine. In turn, Gil Kenan's 2015 remake is disappointing in how it's basically the opposite: cold, generic and entirely ho-hum. It's by no means the worst horror remake of late, but that it has the skills behind-and-in-front of the camera to exceed and only settles on mediocrity makes this re-imagining almost as degrading. Kenan's take follows the Bowen family, which includes the recently unemployed Eric (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children -- older daughter Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), son Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and youngest daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements) -- as they've just moved into a new suburban home. »

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Poltergeist Director Gil Kenan!

22 May 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It takes a brave filmmaker to take on remaking Poltergeist. Thankfully, the fine gentleman who brought us Monster House and City Of Embers decided to have while still paying respect to the original. While the new film certainly has a different tone from Tobe Hooper directed, Steven Spielberg produced classic, in many ways this feels like a homage to it. And it also happens to feature a strong cast, with Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams giving serious cred to this »

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Poltergeist (2015) – The Review

21 May 2015 11:17 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Well, the big studios have finally gotten around to another summer cinema staple. Let’s see, for 2015 we’ve had a couple of sequels (Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2), a reboot (Mad Max: Fury Road), and a brassy lady-driven comedy (Hot Pursuit). So now, it’s time for that other, often dreaded, “R-word”: the remake (usually called a “re-imagining” by sneaky PR types). Oh, and this is another 1980’s classic like January 2014’s Robocop. But we’ll go back a few years before that shoot-em-up satire of 1987. It’s 1982, the summer of Spielberg, when he had his biggest (at that time) box office smash with E.T. The Extra-terrestrial. Now Mr. S wrote and directed that one, but a few weeks before that opened, he produced and wrote another huge hit. Now, yet another prominent blockbuster director, Sam Raimi, is the producer of this new scare-fest. To paraphrase »

- Jim Batts

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Movie Review: Poltergeist (2015)

21 May 2015 10:01 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Remakes are a mixed bag with horror fans. Generally, most fans of the genre have a negative reaction. Hopefully, there are a few like myself that don’t mind a remake if new ideas are being injected into it or if the the new incarnation can improve on some weak spots. Since Sam Raimi is a producer on this new remake of Poltergeist, we’ll take the Evil Dead remake under consideration. I’ll be the first to admit that while I love the original Evil Dead, it has some issues – mainly pacing. I thought the remake did a great job by keeping the viciousness of the original, if not amping it up a bit more, as well as improving the story a bit as well as updating it for modern audiences. The reason why most genre fans hate remakes is that they feel it is a cash grab for an already established brand. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt Talk Poltergeist and Why Clowns Are So Horrifying

21 May 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon SharbinoKyle CatlettSusan Heyward andNicholas Braun. The other day I sat down with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt to talk about the film. They revealed what they liked about the script, memorable moments from filming, if they saw the original and if it scared them, and discussed why are clowns so horrifying. Watch what they had to say below. For more on Poltergeist, here’s the trailer and a clip. [complextv contentid="1qM3c3dTrZ4jotajkRoQqkmp_e2gNWCL" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""]   [caption id="attachment_396917" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Fox[/caption]  

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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Poltergeist: director Gil Kenan interview

21 May 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Monster House and The City Of Ember director Gil Kenan talks to us about remaking horror classic Poltergeist.

Gil Kenan has now returned to the haunted house genre, after his debut feature Monster House, and the world of working with young actors once more, after his follow-up, The City Of Ember. The result is a new remake of Poltergeist, and we spoke about the film at length this week - touching on what was shorn away in the edit, how the 3D gets really sexy, and the influence of the actors on the screenplay, amongst plenty of other things.

First though, it started with Gil picking up the phone and, whether he intended to or not, evoking the so-called Curse of Poltergeist. Here’s our conversation from the very beginning.

Gk: Bodies are falling left and right here…

It’s quite alarming to hear that.

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Poltergeist review

19 May 2015 10:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The new Poltergeist has its moments, but could have used a few more...

The 1982 Poltergeist was, almost entirely an analog film. Perhaps there was a digital clockface here or there, maybe the script passed through some kind of word processor, but it was definitely a product of old-school, 35mm filmmaking with nary a CG beastie in sight.

The new Poltergeist is, of course, anything but. This is a digital film, both in practicality and in theme. And it takes place in a digital world, from the the very first moments, when an intense close-up of LCD pixels floats in the 3D the space behind the screen, right through to the big centrepiece battle, with its employment of Ir cameras, Gps tracking and a flying drone.

Poltergeist has, both inside its narrative and on the set, been modernised. Perhaps this is most important in what it means for the dynamics of the central family. »

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Watch: New Poltergeist Clip Features the Creepy Clown Doll

19 May 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The latest clip from 20th Century Fox's Poltergeist remake (hitting theaters this Friday) features Griffin Bowen's (Kyle Catlett) encounter with the lively, creepy clown doll.

"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."

Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (Eric Bowen), Rosemarie DeWitt (Amy Bowen), Saxon Sharbino (Kendra Bowen), Kyle Catlett (Griffin Bowen), Jared Harris (Carrigan), and Kennedi Clements (Madison Bowen).

A remake of the 1982 film of the same name that was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and produced and co-written by Steven SpielbergPoltergeist is rated PG-13 and will hit theaters in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.

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- Derek Anderson

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Film Review: ‘Poltergeist’

19 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took place in an actual mental hospital. It’s hard to think of a more fitting postscript for this professionally executed yet bloodless film, itself an act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it. Generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary, this tribute-band take on one of the genre’s greatest hits should score decent opening weekend numbers before finding its way into the light.

In addition to being one of the most unsettling PG-rated films ever made, the original “Poltergeist” — directed by Tobe Hooper, with »

- Andrew Barker

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‘Poltergeist’: Film Review

19 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, Poltergeist saw the brilliant pairing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper with far more mainstream screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg for an effects-laden event movie that earned its place as a contemporary benchmark among supernatural thrillers. Leaving behind the youth-skewing perspectives of Monster House and City of Ember, director Gil Kenan not only delivers on the promise of Hooper’s Poltergeist, but significantly raises the stakes for similar PG-13 fare. With strong

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Watch: Latest Clip from Poltergeist

18 May 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The latest clip from 20th Century Fox's Poltergeist remake (hitting theaters this Friday) puts the Bowen family in the dark.

"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."

Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (Eric Bowen), Rosemarie DeWitt (Amy Bowen), Saxon Sharbino (Kendra Bowen), Kyle Catlett (Griffin Bowen), Jared Harris (Carrigan), and Kennedi Clements (Madison Bowen).

A remake of the 1982 film of the same name that was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and produced and co-written by Steven SpielbergPoltergeist is rated PG-13 and will hit theaters in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.

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- Derek Anderson

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Poltergeist’ With Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt

18 May 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror “Poltergeist” starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt from producer Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man”) and writer Steven Spielberg!

Poltergeist,” which opens on May 22, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Jared Harris, Kennedi Clements, Saxon Sharbino, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Kyle Catlett and Susan Heyward from director Gil Kenan, writers Steven Spielberg and David Lindsay-Abaire and producer Sam Raimi.

To win your free “Poltergeist” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer »

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Win ‘Poltergeist’ Merchandise – Released This Week!

18 May 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The highly anticipated re-imagining of Poltergeist is released in UK cinemas on Friday 22nd May. To celebrate, we’ve got prizes to give away to 2 lucky winners!

 

Produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, The Grudge) and directed by Gil Kenan, Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporise 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.

Watch the trailer :

Book tickets at www.poltergeistmovie.co.uk

All you need to do for the chance to win is answer the following question:

Who plays the role of father Eric Bowen in Poltergeist?

A) Jared Harris

B) Sam Rockwell

C) Cillian Murphy

Send your answer, »

- Dan Bullock

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Round-Up: The Shining 35th Anniversary Screening, Dark Was The Night, Poltergeist

15 May 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Next week marks the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and it will be screening during the 16th season of Film on the Rocks on June 9th. Also in this round-up: a Dark Was the Night trailer and listing information for the house from Poltergeist.

The Shining 35th Anniversary Screening: Press Release -- "Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues announced the line-up for the 2015 edition of Film on the Rocks (Fotr). Presented by Pepsi, the 16th season includes nine events throughout the summer. Each film is preceded by a live concert and local comedian, courtesy of Comedy Works.

"Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to Summer and Film on the Rocks is a Colorado Summer tradition," said Britta Erickson, Festival Director for the Denver Film Society. "We are so excited to kick off the season on the holiday weekend and bring cult-classic and fan-favorite films, great »

- Tamika Jones

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