If you’ll remember, there’s a remake of Poltergeist slated for release this summer, one directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and featuring a killer cast including Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams. As we’ve yet to see anything official from the film, the question persists: What will it be? Rockwell has spoken a bit to just that.
Talking to Collider, Rockwell discussed the upcoming horror classic’s redo and its tone, explaining Its not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, its a different kind of movie. Its more of an adventure. Its essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.
That’s in addition to his saying, “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, its really through his point-of-view. So its more of a kids movie so I dont know if its gonna be like rated-R scary.”
It’s likely important to remember Poltergeist itself is technically PG. This was of course prior to PG-13’s creation, but the remake’s described atmosphere does sound like it could be of a piece with the Steven Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed original. Whether it’s great, is a different story.