POLTERGEIST Remake Will Be Directed By MONSTER HOUSE's Gil Kenan

Brian Clark, European Editor
Obviously, the first logical reaction to the news that director Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Embers) will be directing the Poltergeist remake is, "Aww man! They're still planning to remake Poltergeist?" And yeah, shortly after, you may ask yourself again, "Why are they working on a remake of Poltergeist?" or "What are they actually hoping to improve upon from the original?" But, after you've gotten all of that out of your system, let's have a tip-of-the-hat for what's actually a pretty bold, inspired selection for a director!

Those who have seen Monster House already know that Kenan is not only visually inventive, but also knows how to make spooky material appropriate for kids without dumbing it down, or more importantly, sacrificing any of the spookiness. Moreover, he's very in-tune with children's sensibilities and imaginations, which is an important prerequisite if you're going to make a Poltergeist movie. Most importantly, I'm sure he can do wonders with a possessed clown-doll. And hey, Sam Raimi is still on-board as producer, though your opinion of his involvement may change once you see Oz the Great and the Powerful. Then again, it could very possibly change once more once you see the Evil Dead remake he produced! 

In any case, that's this week's news on remakes that nobody asked for. Chime in with your own thoughts below.
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  • Mr. Cavin

    I'm only interested if they make a huge right turn and make an early-eighties period piece centered around a lower-income rural family in some panhandle trailer park. I do realize that I just described Rob Zombie's Poltergeist, maybe. But honestly, that'd make the plot a lot more realistic, as well as provide the creature necessity for sticking with an obviously haunted house far longer than necessary.

  • hutch

    Oh, and lazy. I forgot to mention how lazy it all is.

  • hutch

    Don't care if remakes are just as good as the O.G. versions. I'd rather spend my money on the O.G. version and a new movie, than on the O.G. and a remake. Remakes are a waste of time-especially at this volume. Friggin' deluge of artists wallowing in other people's IP. Totally. Fucking. Lame. no matter how diplomatic you want to be about it.

  • Michael

    I could be overly sensitive to the subject, but it seems like most remakes that are announced are horror films. Contemporary classics like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead and now Poltergeist among many other lesser works in the genre. When has a comedy been remade? A few actions films, yes, but I think those are notable for being exceptions.

    I own Poltergeist on laserdisc. Since my LD player is still working, I'll need to revisit it soon. Very strong performances, effects and story. Leave well enough alone.

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