"They're here." Today we have our first look at the Sam Raimi-produced Poltergeist remake that was directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House). The images show off some familiar visuals in the film such as the iconic haunted TV scenes, the creepy-ass clown, and a little girl being pulled away from her parents while she is being sucked into another dimension.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star in the film as a parents who move into a new home that is haunted by a supernatural force that threatens their family, more specifically, their little girl Madison, who is played by 8-year-old Kennedi Clements.
I was really worried when I first heard that one of my all-time favorite horror movies was going to be remade, but with the people involved, and the fact that it is also kind of a sequel eases my mind. The photos come from USA Today, and this is what Kenan told them about the movie:
"Whenever someone approaches material that's so beloved, there's a reflexive reaction to be worried. It's a responsibility we take very seriously. We're working to make a Poltergeist film that lives up to the original's legacy.
"Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It's the way to anchor the family. It's such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond."
Raimi also spoke about the inspiration behind the movie, and how it has been updated to fit the world that we now live in:
"The original film commented on how we've let television get out of control, babysitting our kids. It's only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere."
The family finds themselves in a paranormal world of hurt, and it gets so bad that they bring in a respected supernatural researcher and clairvoyant payed by Jared Harris for help. The director explained,
"The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win Madison back. The film is super-scary. And it's scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world."
The movie comes out on July 24th, and I suspect that we'll see a trailer soon, so stay tuned!