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POLTERGEIST remake gets release date

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Shock Till You Drop is reporting that the remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 film, Poltergeist, has set a release date of November 24th, 2010, Thanksgiving weekend. Although there hasn’t been a casting announcement yet, it’s now evident that MGM is clearly moving forward with this ill-conceived project.

I concur with Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park 2 when he uttered the line “This is the worst idea in the long sad history of bad ideas”. Poltergeist is just one of those pitch perfect films that doesn’t need a remake or even a re-imagine in any way, shape, or form. While I’ve never been opposed to the idea of remakes, and am a big fan of Zach Snyder’s re-imagining of Dawn of the Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, this is just one of those films that cannot be done any better. I also don’t think you can veer off its core story and re-imagine it in any effective manner. It’s just not that type of concept.

The original Poltergeist was directed by Hooper and co-written, produced and overseen by Steven Spielberg. Many claim Spielberg actually took over the directorial reins from Hooper somewhere during the production. Amazingly Poltergeist came out a week before Spielberg’s E.T. hit theaters that summer.

The original film is about a family who are haunted in their own home. They are unaware that the Indian burial ground originally on their land was not moved and are attacked by ghosts that end up “kidnapping” the young daughter of the family. The film starred Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and the late Heather O’Rourke (Carol Anne Freeling). It also featured a terrific score by Jerry Goldsmith. Poltergeist spawned two lesser quality sequels. While watchable they never equaled the greatness of the original.
Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) has already been tapped to direct the remake with Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Boogeyman, Knowing) reportedly on-board to write the screenplay.


August 14, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News |

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