POLTERGEIST Remake: First Trailer Offers Homage And Jump Scares

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
POLTERGEIST Remake: First Trailer Offers Homage And Jump Scares
The way a horror movie is constructed and paced has changed a lot from 1982 to 2015. Much like the 2013 Carrie remake, it all comes down to whether the pace of editing and easy reliance on jump-scares can replace the sweet creepiness (and, admittedly on my part, nostalgia) of the Tobe Hooper original.

Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures is producing the do-over, which stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams along with two really cute kids. City of Ember's Gil Kenan directs.

Yes, the remake keeps the clown that traumatized the childhood of anyone born in the mid 1970s, but it begs the question of whether modern television sets can even 'snow-out' anymore. I thought they just drop to a blank blue screen with the words, "no signal."  An apt enough metaphor for how I feel with the whole reboot cycle we find ourselves in; one which seems to give a similar look and feel to everything going through the grinder and out the other side. 'Now with more jump scares,' as it were.

We've got the US and the International trailers below.

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