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Honored the original, but stands well on it's own.
I really enjoyed this movie. As a lover of the original Poltergeist movies, I felt that they really honored the original. I could see it's influence in this. But unlike many remakes it wasn't a line by line. It was adapted well to fit 2015 culture and storytelling standards and regardless of a few bad lines, had crisp direction and very believable acting.
The effects were good, most of the time. Scary level was moderate. Not a whole lot of adult situations, so possibly safe for children over a certain age. And had some surprisingly funny bits thrown in. I enjoyed each of the actors and their characters... except for the older girl the first half of the movie... too spoiled.
Overall, very enjoyable. If you love the originals, and aren't biased when it comes to remakes, you might like this adaption.