Critics Consensus

Paying competent homage without adding anything of real value to the original Poltergeist, this remake proves just as ephemeral (but half as haunting) as its titular spirit.



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Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. (C) Fox


Sam Rockwell
as Eric Bowen
Kyle Catlett
as Griffin Bowen
Saxon Sharbino
as Kendra Bowen
Kennedi Clements
as Madison Bowen
Jared Harris
as Carrigan
Jane Adams (II)
as Dr. Claire Powell
Karen Ivany
as Barbara Stoller
L.A. Lopes
as Cashier
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  • Though Rockwell and DeWitt give the material their own likable spin, most of the story mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has seen the original Poltergeist.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough.

    May 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Remaking the 1982 horror film Poltergeist wasn't necessarily a bad idea, but this new version feels like too little, too late.

    May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's little doubt that nostalgia played a part in Fox's decision to remake Poltergeist, but that's a poor reason for any film's existence and no excuse for how uninspired Gil Kenan's re-imagining of this one turned out.

    May 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled. A little sad. And a little angry.

    May 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The original film was promoted with the tagline "It knows what scares you." If there was a truth-in-advertising law regarding films, this movie's ad copy would read: "Poltergeist: Meh."

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist

  • Mar 27, 2016
    I will admit, I didn't watch it all. I made it to the clown scene. However, I'm such a big fan of the original that I couldn't get into this one at all. I guess if it was an original story, it would be passable, but I am just sick of great movies being remade. It is unnecessary and I didn't like the updating on this one. The teenage daughter also needed a kick up the ass, who wants to watch an entitled brat carrying on about a mobile phone on Poltergeist!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    Sitting through Poltergeist, you'll find yourself justly questioning the need for such a thankless, scare-free remake of a perfectly acceptable, if slightly dated, 80's horror classic. That is if you have seen the original; and if you haven't, do yourself a favour and skip this for that. The effects are decent, but the plot offers nothing new over the original. Family dynamics may change with the advent of new technology, but the spooks here haven't upped their game in the last 20 years if this is anything to go by. Rockwell and and DeWitt are better than this as well. Yawn.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2015
    Updated for modern audiences, Poltergeist is a solid remake that delivers some frightful thrills. After moving to a new house that's been built on a former cemetery the Bowen family comes under attack from supernatural forces. Sam Rockwell leads the cast and gives an impressive performance. Additionally, the director does a good job at creating atmosphere and building tension. And, the writing makes some interesting changes that contemporizes the story. Though not as revolutionary as the original, Poltergeist is still a well-crafted and chilling horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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