The ‘Poltergeist’ reboot will be a kids movie, says star Sam Rockwell


Some fresh details on director Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist reboot have surfaced, and it doesn’t sound like very good news at all.

Collider caught up with star Sam Rockwell, who revealed that the reboot will not be a scary take on the original film, but a more family friendly adventure, something I am sure will upset horror fans.

Yes the original may not be the scariest film ever made, but it is definitely a horror film with some pretty cool horror moments, and some genuinely frightening scenes. The reboot sounds like it is nudging toward the more family friendly element of the original, rather than pushing on the horror side of things and giving fans a proper fright film.

When asked about if he had seen any footage from the 3D reboot, Rockwell explained:

I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.”

He then explained a little more about how the new film will play out, and drops the bomb about it being a god damned “kids film”:

The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.”

Rockwell then tried to explain what he had just said:

“It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.”

The Poltergeist remake, which is being directed by Gil Kenan, was originally due for release on 13th February 2015, but will now be released during the peak summer season on 24th July 2015. Naturally, it appears that Fox are trying to repeat what The Conjuring did last summer with its record breaking box office figures.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing the reboot.

Jared Harris (Fringe, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mad Men, The Quiet Ones) star as Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners”.

Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Kyle Catlett, Saxon Sharbino, Nicholas Braun, and Jane Adams also star in a revisionist take on the classic horror film.

Kenan will direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Posession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.


In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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