[Movie Review] Poltergeist (3D)
This remake of the classic 1982 horror film of the same name, Poltergeist, is the first horror film I am watching in 3D. Did the 3D effects make it scarier to watch?
This is hard to say. The effects definitely scream out louder for attention whenever there is a sudden slam of the door or when things start whizzing around the house when they really shouldn’t. However, it also makes me much more conscious of the fact that I am just watching a movie and getting cheap thrills, much like how one feels when riding a roller-coaster – you know there will be scares and you paid to get scared.
All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl’s freedom.
Overall, the movie is not as scary as the original, but it is a horror movie suitable for younger kids to watch too, without getting spooked out at night and getting nightmares with the happy ending.
In the original, one of the scariest thing was when the young girl started communicating with television statics at night. This probably is lost on younger audience as television now shows programs round the clock and generally do not display statics, but a blue screen.
The television is no longer the centrepiece in the living room like it used to be. A lot of screen viewing is now done on portable or smaller devices like mobile phones and laptops.
For those who are hoping to relive the feel of the original, the 2015 3D remake is more like a roller-coaster ride version, suitable for all ages, watch and forget.
It is an enjoyable movie, but not particularly memorable for any new updates or breakthrough.
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Poltergeist is now showing in Singapore cinemas and is available in 3D. Go catch it! 🙂
Btw, if you are inspired after watching the movie to prank your friends, here are 5 easy ways to trick friends into thinking a place is haunted.