Monday, May 25, 2015

Movies: Poltergeist - The Remake

(Drivebycuriosity) - Hollywood often gets scolded because Tinseltown makes so many remakes. But it could make sense to renew a film since the technological progress created more possibilities. Even Alfred Hitchcock made a remake (of his own film "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934/1956). The great master explained that advances in film making (like color) allowed him to shot a better version.

This weekend started "Poltergeist" in the movie theaters, a remake of the same named classic horror film from 1982 in 3D (imdb). The new production shows how cinema has developed since then. The plot followed the original relatively closely but the finale was less gory as I memorized.

The new version referenced to the social and technology changes (smartphones, drones and more) and the 3D technology made the story more realistic. But for my taste the new "Poltergeist" was a  a bit too family friendly and the 3D technology was way underused in the grisly scenes.  I am afraid "Poltergeist" will do nothing for the reputation of remakes.

PS The image above refers to the original 

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