by Troy Grzych
I have such found memories of the original 1982 Poltergeist produced by Steven Spielberg that it is rather hard to disassociate myself from the iconic imagery in that movie when viewing this trailer for the remake. However you couldn’t ask for this remake to be in better hands then the dual directors of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Gil Kenan (Monster House), who are great storytellers in their own right. If you’ve never seen the original, this one just like that, is a tale of a suburbian family that buys their dream home in a quiet neighborhood only to start experience some strange and unexplainable phenomenon of super natural origin. Until one night their younger daughter is taken violently by the spirits that live within.
What follows is the family’s attempts with help from paranormal investigators, to reclaim their daughter and rid their home of these ghostly apparitions. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, and little Kennedi Clements as Madison Bowen (basically in the same role as Carol Anne played in the original by the late Heather O’Rourke) and looks just as scary as the 1982 version. But the film for me definitely will have some hurdles to jump to be up to par with what has come before, especially when comes to the casting…no one can beat Zelda Rubinstein’s performance as psychic Tangina Barrons. However I will give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt because they seem to be trying to honor the past while making this retelling their own. My FRAMED image is specifically one of these homage moments that is so iconic with the first movie but recreated in this trailer in a bigger badder way. When little Madison is lured to the television set late at night and places both of her tiny hands on the staticky screen only to have multiple disembodied hands pressing back from the other side, that image is still creepy as hell. Even though I am such a fan of the first Poltergeist, I look forward to seeing how this reboot captures the spirit of the original while still making it iconic for a whole new generation of fans. Check it out in theaters on May 22, 2015.
Framed: Movie Trailers
I could spoon feed you the same old mushy meal that is your standard movie trailer review. I could go into depth and detail describing tidbits that you could simply see for yourself by watching it countless times in heavy rotation on YouTube until you’ve cooked your noodle and seared every nugget of footage into your corneas…but that’s not what FRAMED is. A trailer is a tease, a glimpse, a snapshot of what the movie is and what it could be and FRAMED is exactly that. It’s about finding that one single shot, one moment, one individual FRAME that lingers with you and propels you to zip over to the nearest multiplex with Mike n’ Ikes and a large diet soda in tow and form a line a year in advance of the film’s release.