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A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.

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Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her. Written by 20th Century Fox

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They know what scares you.

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Rated PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language | See all certifications »

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22 May 2015 (USA)  »

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Poltergeist: Juegos Diabólicos  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,600,000 (USA) (22 May 2015)

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$47,415,690 (USA) (31 July 2015)
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The original cut ran for 101 minutes with 7-8 minutes of footage missing from the theatrical cut. This footage will supposedly be released as a director's cut on the DVD and Blu-ray release. See more »

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In one scene Carrigan Burke is with Eric Bowen are in the upstairs room with the portal and Carrigan is shouting to the spirits. The scene then cuts to the others downstairs then back upstairs and the two men are incapacitated on the ground. See more »

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Dr. Brooke Powell: Is everything alright?
Carrigan Burke: If it was, I wouldn't be here.
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SPOILER: A scene is shown halfway through the end credits: Carrigan Burke is filming a new episode of his show. Dr. Powell (wearing the same glasses Tangina wore in the original trilogy) is his new co-host. He gets mad at her for messing up her line. See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »

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Written by Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach (as Ivy Rorschach)
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Loma Vista Recordings
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Very good, very scary and truly paranormal. This movie does not rely on blood n' gore!
21 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I simply do not understand those who have given this a negative review. It is beyond my ability to comprehend. They are probably the same people contributing to the unearned 8.0+ rating of the series, "American Horror Story" and "Game of Thrones." There seems to be a trend here...

Take a look at the ratings for Grave Encounters, 100 Feet, The Haunting and Dead Silence. All in the 4-6 rating range. All truly paranormal stories with some really amazing and innovative scenes. I can still picture them in my mind all these years later! The only thing that makes sense as to why they were all rated so low is that here must be some kind of bias against this type of film, and for things that are bloody, dark, hopeless, morbid and macabre.

If you are looking for a good ghost story, horror that does not involve nudity or sex, rivers of blood and mountains of body parts; horror that sucks away all hope, leaving you disgusted by the end, then this is the film for you. If you want all that other crap, get the latest episode of AHS or whatever Rob Zombie has recently made.

I have been watching the horror genre since the 70's. Every Nightmare on Elm Street. Every Friday the 13th (including the remake.) Every Candyman, as many Hellraisers as I could stand, every Phantasm, and every single haunted house film I could lay my hands on, from the original Poltergeist movies to The Changling and Burnt Offerings. Throw both Shinings in there and Rose Red.

The last good scary movie or mini-series I have enjoyed, until this one, was the first Woman In Black remake (not the sequel.) Oh yes, I did watch the original Woman In Black as well. I am an expert. After 3 decades, that is not surprising.

The trend lately, exemplified in AHS, is towards the bloody, dark and macabre. True haunted house movies of any quality, featuring ghosts (not demons, monsters or possessed people) are extremely rare. In fact the person behind this movie also did Monster House, which was another excellent haunted house movie, just more for children. The only thing rarer than a true haunted house movie are science fiction movies that are not about survival in some form. Where are the movie versions of Rama? But I digress...

This movie is one you can watch with your kids. They won't be able to sleep that night, unless you have allowed them to watch Game of Thrones and American Horror Story. If they have been watching these nothing will shock them. The same is true of most adults. If you are into decapitation, evisceration and things that are seriously depressing, hopeless and screwed up, you probably won't like this movie. It's just not dark and gross enough for your tastes.

Poltergeist is unique, yet it retains the spirit of the original. A family fights against a paranormal force. They stand together and overcome it. The special effects are simple but high quality. I do not understand one reviewer's comments about them. In fact there are some scenes in this movie that are like nothing I have seen before, in 30 years of watching these kinds of movies. I was surprised and seriously freaked out, neither of which happens much anymore when I watch a movie. The people behind this did some good work. There is only one scene that doesn't fit this kind of film which involves a drill. Otherwise it is all about the ghosts and paranormal. Acting is also good.

I am glad they made this, and I hope they do more, improving on what they got right (which is just about everything), keeping the focus right where it is, on the paranormal and supernatural. If you like a good ghost story, ignore the reviews as well as the overall rating and try this movie. You will not be disappointed.


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