Poltergeist [Blu-ray] [2015]

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Overall Customer Rating:
83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (628 out of 760)

Special Features


  • 2 versions of the film
  • Alternate ending
  • Still gallery

Synopsis


Poltergeist
A young suburban girl is abducted by spirits that have besieged her family's home. Desperate, her parents devise a plan to rescue her from the other side in this remake of Tobe Hooper's seminal 1982 horror film. Sam Raimi produces with Monster House's Gil Kenan helming., Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Sam Rockwell
    Sam Rockwell - Eric Bowen
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
    Rosemarie DeWitt - Amy Bowen
  • Kyle Catlett
    Kyle Catlett - Griffin Bowen
  • Saxon Sharbino
    Saxon Sharbino - Kendra Bowen
  • Kennedi Clements
    Kennedi Clements - Madison Bowen



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83%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Weak Blu-Ray for a Really Weak Film

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    Screamz
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    First, let’s clarify. The original Poltergeist released in 1982 was rated PG. By today’s standards it would probably be PG-13 at most. So, with this 2015 remake (reboot, whatever) we’re going to steer clear of yet another horror movie being rated under an R. The plot is similar to the original. A family moves into a new home only to start experiencing strange occurrences that can only be explained by the supernatural. Granted that there wasn’t much more plot in the original, but you had powerhouses like Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg behind the scenes. The remake was directed by Gil Kenan. Yeah, I don’t know who that is either. As far as the family is concerned, we have the mother, father, brother and two sisters just like the original, but for some reason the names have all been changed. We still get the little girl talking to the TV, but it’s not nearly as compelling. And when we get the famous line, “They’re Here” the girl says it almost as though she’s bored. Of course, having read the script ahead of time and knowing what was to come, perhaps it was her way of letting us viewers know that only boredom was to come. None of the characters are fleshed out at all. We only get the tiny hint of what these people might be, but not enough to remotely care about them. (One thing you may notice in this review is my lack of names, it’s because there isn’t a single memorable character in the entire flick.) Even the great Jared Harris can’t save this meandering snoozefest. He shows up way too late in the film (nearly two-thirds through) and is given next to nothing to do other than spout the trite David Lindsay-Abaire wrote in his lurid script. The set-pieces, you know the stuff we came to see, are boring, predictable and just plain uninteresting. There are moments from the original recreated here, but again they’re done without any flare. It was as thought he filmmakers realized they’d gone a few minutes without homaging the original and threw something haphazardly. Which brings me to my other problem with the film. It tries to be different, but not really. All the names are changed from the original, yet it’s the same family with the same siblings as the original. Jared Harris is the Zelda Rubinstein of the film without any of her charm or wit. We get the clown attack that isn’t remotely scary and even the tree makes an unwanted CGI-laden appearance. The most important role of the film is the little girl, Carol-Ann from the original. Some child actors are great and what the late Heather O’Rourke did in the original was memorable and impressive. Would have been interesting to see what she may have become had she not passed at such a young age. The girl here couldn’t care any less about the role and does nothing to improve on the lazy writing. When she speaks the famous line, “They’re Here,” she’s nearly yawning (as are we). I expected a lot more from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. You know, the two producers behind the Evil Dead films and its rather good remake. The blu-ray is just as disappointing as the film itself. I guess Ghost House Pictures and 20th Century Fox knew that adding special features to a terrible film wouldn’t help sales so they didn’t bother. All we get is an unrated cut of the film (the only version I’ve seen and can’t possibly begin to tell you what was added, i.e. gore, violence, since there’s none to be found). Then we get an alternate ending that might be worse than the theatrical ending; and a still gallery rounds out the features – not counting the previews, which I don’t. It’s a disappointing blu-ray for a very disappointing remake. Don’t bother with this film, not even from Redbox. Instead, invest your money in the original. Perhaps one day we’ll get a special features-laden release of that far superior film.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't knock it till you've tried it

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    Slayerou812
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    Yes for you new kids on the block my summary will mean nothing. For those of you who saw the original in the theatre. ..keep reading. .. I decided when I saw this remake on blu ray at such a low price that I would hate myself for not getting it and trying to watch it with an open mind. I read the slanted critic reviews and decided that the children that give such reviews are not to be trusted, what with there fresh out of college big words that don't translate into a real review only showing that they know how to use a thesaurus as well as trying to show off those big words and trash an otherwise good, fun, jump scare movie for the sake of their careers ( sorry I digress..ie big word lol). I watched this movie in the words of captain kirk. ."young minds, new ideas" and I didn't look for anything else. They took a premise from the 80s and made it their own with their own spin. Sure there were a few knods to the first which I found funny but as a whole I feel the director took this and put a new spin on it. It was fun and very entertaining and I would highly recommend it to any of my peers. So like I said "don't knock it till you've tried it"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    More of a horror comedy

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    Luxuryliners
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    With special effects light years ahead of the 1982 movie it's based on this could have been a chilling thrill ride but clearly this was not set up to be nearly as frightening as the original. Plenty of satire and jokes throughout prevent the movie from ever establishing a mood of foreboding and unease which was a bit disappointing as I was expecting more of a psychological thriller and scare fest like the movies namesake. I do like the update in technology to drones flying through the netherworld with elements of the stereotypical ghost hunting equipment being used to analyze the paranormal occurences as in many "ghost hunter" style shows popular today. The 3d was underutilized and didn't really add much to the film in my opinion. Final verdict: if you want a scary movie, watch the original but if you want a lighter mood with modern day special effects and mannerisms; this movie isn't bad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST. REMAKE. EVER.

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    Jsaff
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    I am generally not a fan of remakes, or even the idea of remakes, so going into this my positive reception to this even existing as a movie was tenuous at best. ...then i watched it... and wow... I know many of my fellow horror fiends didnt like the movie due to, what i found to be ridiculously stupid reasons (such as changing the name of characters?! REALLY?! who cares!) - the movie was absolutely incredible, and dare i say it, holds up STRONG to the original movie. The story line is great, the effects are incredible, especially in 3D - i havent watched the directors cut/extended edition (i wish THAT was in 3D) but the theatrical version was amazing and ill be re-watching it over and over as time goes on. dont listen to the naysayers, this movie is amazing and stands up strong to the original. though they do vary, as they should, I like this movie as much as i like the original, and i LOVE the original. worth getting! go get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Different from original and not as good

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    KevinV
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    I didn't dislike this film and, on it's own, it might have been held with higher regard. The original Poltergiest was my first foray into horror and as a 9 year old. I had many a rough night after watching it (my adult fear of clowns and creepy trees is solely due to seeing the original before turning 10). The adult characters, though acted well enough, just don't generate the same sympathy as Craig T Nelson and Jobeth Williams did in the original. I feel like the kids are just running through the motions in most scenes. I generally felt the terror that the original family and the investigators felt in the 80s version. The remake is not nearly as bad as I expected, but it's just missing something that original captured. Worth checking out, just don't expect the same movie as the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than I thought it would be.

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    mrlirpa
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    The original Poltergeist is one of my favorite movies because I thought that it mixed humor with some scary parts, a good story, some pretty good special effects , and a great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. I saw the original Poltergeist in a packed theater where everyone seemed to be laughing and screaming and enjoying the movie. When we saw the remake in the theater, there was only one other person in the audience and he kept talking to himself. I liked this movie more than I thought I would. I liked how the story was similar but not the same. I liked the family as much as I liked the family in the original and the differences between the two families are interesting. I feel that the original is much better, but I have watched this newer version more than once and I actually liked it better the second time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid remake even if not as good as original

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    TheCrimsonKing42
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    Surprised a little in that I enjoyed this remake. The "scares" might escalate too quickly after movies like The Conjuring and the like, but it is still solid. Some of the effects are too hokey (the tree, that's never going to look right). Rockwell and DeWitt bring at least better than average performances. I think for a lot of people, the enjoyment of the movie will come down to how much they buy Kyle Catlett's performance. Luckily for myself, I did buy it. Basically the main character, the young actor gives a very solid performance, and most importantly, doesn't capsize the movie, which could have easily happened.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Prefer the orig version, but still a good watch

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    MotsLots
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    I watched the original at a time in my life where it made a big impression - helped me become of a lover of the genre. I watch it now and its kind of hokey, but I personally think it is better than the updated remake. This version does a good job of refactoring the story to the "modern age" and the visuals are fantastic. I was still scared because it IS scary - there were just enough differences that while predictable, it still made my heart race. Maybe I would have liked it more if I had never watched the original - but it is just too hard for me to not compare them.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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