Taglines: They know what scares you.
Eric (Sam Rockwell) and Amy Bowen (Rosemarie DeWitt) are a couple looking to buy a house for themselves and their three children: eldest daughter, Kendra (Saxon Sharbino); their son, Griffin (Kyle Catlett); and youngest daughter, Madison (Kennedi Clements). Eric was recently laid off, but they are shown a house that has recently come on the market that fits their price range, so they purchase it and move in.
The first night, they hear strange noises in the walls, and Griffin finds a box of clown dolls that were left at the house. In the middle of the night, lights and electronic devices start turning on and off, as some unseen force appears to move through the home. The commotion wakes Griffin, and he goes downstairs and finds Madison talking to an unknown presence inside the television.
She tells Griffin someone is coming, and he attempts to unplug the TV, causing the lights to go out of control. Madison then tells the family they are here. Eric and Amy went to dinner with their friends, leaving the three children at home. They learn that their house was built on an old cemetery, but that only the headstones and not the bodies were moved to a better neighbourhood.
At the house, Kendra’s phone begins emitting strange sounds, and as she traces the noise and enters one of the rooms, the floor cracks and corpses’ hands emerge and begin pulling at her foot. Griffin notices the clown dolls seem to be moving by themselves. One clown doll attacks him, but he destroys it and escapes from his bedroom. He finds Madison in her room, scared, crouching at a corner, and tells her to stay while he goes to find Kendra. Madison is then lured into her closet and becomes lost in an unending void.
As she sees her bedroom drifting away further, she is dragged into the darkness by ghosts. Griffin while running around the house, is grabbed by the branches of the old tree outside their house, which pulls him out to be hanging on the tree. Amy and Eric arrive home to see Griffin being tossed around in the tree branches, which releases it’s grip when they come close, while Kendra tells them she can’t find Madison.
Poltergeist is an American supernatural horror film directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi. A remake of the 1982 film of the same name, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams. It was released on May 22, 2015, by 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film received negative reviews from critics, many saying that it was an unnecessary and inferior update to the superior original, and grossed over $73 million worldwide.
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Susan Heyward, Soma Bhatia, Karen Ivany
Screenplay by: David Lindsay-Abaire
Production Design by: Kalina Ivanov
Cinematography by: Javier Aguirresarobe
Film Editing by: Jeff Betancourt, Bob Murawski
Costume Design byı: Delphine White
Set Decoration by: Patricia Larman
Music by: Marc Streitenfeld
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 22, 2015