Everything that goes wrong in Poltergeist stems from an act of desecration; the building of a cookie-cutter housing development on top of an old cemetery. Some might find the sheer act of attempting a remake of Poltergeist similarly disrespectful; the 1982 original is something of a masterpiece of suburban terror. But if viewers can look past the sheer audacity of attempting another Poltergeist, they’ll find a solid modernization, the cinematic equivalent of a decent cover version of a great rock song. It’s totally superfluous, and not nearly as satisfying as the original, but well-performed and effective in its own way. It’s nice (or, in this case, deeply unsettling) to revisit an old classic in a new arrangement.
I admit that I like scary movies, but not the torture horror movies like 'Hostel' or 'Saw'. My favorite scary movies are horror stories like 'The Shining', 'The Changeling', and John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. I also like campy, gross and funny movies like 'Evil Dead 2'. When I heard they were remaking the first 'Evil Dead', I expected the worst. However early reviews of the film have been mostl