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September 3, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 3, 2008 |

poltergeist.jpgFuck. Me. Running. A while back, I reviewed Poltergiest, if only to force myself to watch it again for the first time since I was a kid. And as the review suggested, while Poltergeist was terrifying back in 1982, when some of us were still not yet teenagers, I was surprised, re-watching it, at just how tame and family-friendly the movie was. This was the movie that gave me nightmares, that had me hiding behind a couch, that gave rise to an entire generation of coulrophobes? The damn thing was rated PG, for God’s sake.

Anyway, no surprise here: It’s being remade. The surprise, however, may be in the choice of director, who is not Bret Ratner, Michael Bay, Rob Zombie, or any of those other hacks usually behind shitty horror film remakes. MGM, in fact, has tapped Vadim Perelman, who is sort of a no-name in Hollywood. He directed the recent The Life Before Her Eyes, as well as 2006’s dreary House of Sand and Fog. The takeaway: I’m guessing he’s not going to create another family-friendly version of Poltergeist. And while it still may ultimately suck, I can at least appreciate that MGM is trying to attach a talented, indie director to the project who can perhaps give the movie the type of atmospherics that could frighten an adult. After all, eight-year-olds are pretty easy targets.

Remakes / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 3, 2008 |

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