(2015) *** / *
A family moves into a home in a new neighborhood, and it turns out the house is haunted or something.
I apologize for being inconsistent with the star rating, but there are two different ways to look at this movie. If I had never seen the original Poltergeist before, this is easily a three-star movie. The story moves quickly, the family and characters are all likeable – you’re genuinely rooting for everyone to make it through okay, and the effects are all uniquely creepy.
But, I have seen the original Poltergeist, and this remake actually hews too closely to the original, and it ends up being kind of boring. Some things in the new movie are better, some aren’t. I won’t bore with which parts are better or worse, but in the end, the movie is only worth one star, because there’s nothing original here. It’s like when they remade psycho, shot for shot, just like the original, and it was weird. Kind of the same thing here.