Director: Gil Kenan
Main Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clementts, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett
Storyline: A young family moves into a new place that is haunted and their young daughter gets abducted.
Review (Spoils): The Bowens move into a new house which none of the three kids are too excited about. We have money issues and the youngest a girl named Madison (Kennedi Clementts ) starts to play with some imaginary friends in her new bedroom. The middle child a young boy named Griffon (Kyle Catlett) starts to complain about the weirdness of the house and before you know it the madness starts.
Basically if you have seen the original then you have seen this in a better shape and form. They took all three past films and tried to use the best parts and jammed it into this mess. Why a mess? Well there is nothing original to this at all that stands out. We have the tree, the clown doll, the rope, the goo, the TV and some over the top looking CGI. The only thing that kept me interested as a character was the young parents (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt ) and the oldest daughter Kendra (Saxon Sharbino). The other children fell flat and I personally did not care if they got taken away….which is bead as they are the focus characters.
Rating: Same old song and dance with this one and once again a bad remake that failed and should have never been made. I was actually bored with this film and towards the middle to the end it seemed rushed and cheesy. Why will Hollywood not learn from making remakes of so many classic horror films.
Poltergeist 2 (1986)
Director: Brian Gibson
Main Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Julian Beck
Storyline: The Beast is back and still wants Carol Anne, this time in the face of a fake prophet.
Review (Spoils): The Freelings are slowly trying to get over their family trauma from the first film. They move into Diane’s (JoBeth Williams) mothers place to find peace. But the evil Beast returns in a ghostly apparition known as Reverend Kane (Julian Beck). All he wants is Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) and nothing will stop him. Through all this psychic Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) is back with an American Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson) to help.
Reverend Kane tries the television again to get Carol Anne but the family have removed all items of such communication (makes sense), tries a toy phone and then finally confronts the family. In this Taylor shows Steve (Craig T. Nelson) the power of smoke to battle the Beast. We learn the past of the Beast as it is Reverend Kane who at one time claimed “End of the World” and killed his people underground where the houses were built.
This film is not even close to the original. The film is not horrible but it is cheesy when it comes to the spirit of smoke, the worm, and the spiritual lance, spirit of the grandmother and the return of Tangina. The film is interesting enough but it so sucked into what was bad about the horror films of the 80s it’s hard to get past that.
Rating: Well it was not a great as the first film but it was watchable and sure in a hell better then the next one! They should have just left the series at one, hence not making it a series at all.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Jobeth Williams, Heather O’Rouke, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein
Storyline: Family’s house is haunted by ghosts that kidnap their daughter.
Review (Spoils): This is one of those films that remind me of my childhood when it comes to film. We have your ordinary American family who are being haunted by ghosts that are not so forgiving that their rest is being disturbed. We have some great acting from Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson and the innocence of Heather O’Rouke stolen America’s heart at the time. The movie chased with the idea that ghosts can communicate to the outside world through television (“They’re here”). The movie does not just deal with the haunting themselves but also touch on the emotional impact on a family dealing with a missing child and coping with a not such normal situation. The whole idea works.
Now what did not work with this great film is the whole idea once again with the psych and the channelling. We have Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) who plays the strange and over the top psychic that is helping the family get their daughter back from the other side. To me this had funny moments but at the same time it just didn’t work it became too weird.
Rating: This is a classic film for its era in horror. There are points in this film that will forever stain my mind when I think back such as the closet and that messed up tree. This film when you’re a kid pulls at your nightmares.