No, we don’t usually believe in paranormal activities but when 4 of the “Poltergeist” trilogy’s actors died within 6 years of the first movie, we think it’s best to believe that the 1982 horror movie has been cursed.
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, “Poltergeist” is one of the most successful horror films ever made in history. There were a lot of memorable scenes in the movie but the most iconic scene was when the young Carol Anne Freeling (played by the late child actor Heather O’Rourke) eerily announced the arrival of the angry spirits by saying, “They’re here.”
More than 30 years later, that particular line still gives us goosebumps and it probably won’t go away anytime soon because the movie has now been rebooted with a new cast and a modern contemporary setting.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (of “The Evil Dead” and “Spider-Man” fame) and director Gil Kenan (of “Monster House” fame) have teamed up to reimagine the classic tale about the Bowens, a struggling family whose suburban home was invaded by angry spirits. Much like Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic, the angry spirits eventually abducted their youngest daughter, leading them to call upon a respected supernatural researcher and clairvoyant (played by Jared Harris) and rescue her together.
The 1982 horror classic featured a screenplay co-written by Steven Spielberg while the reboot features a screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist David Lindsay-Abaire. In the reboot, the Freeling family are replaced by the Bowens family where Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt will play the parents while Kennedi Clements will play Madison Bowen, a play on Heather O’Rourke’s iconic role as Carol Anne Freeling.
Prior to the release of the trailer, USA Today provided a first look at the movie through the debut of the movie stills. Check out the gallery below:
As the movie is set in the modern setting, more menacing things can happen as there are screens throughout the house. Regarding this, Raimi commented:
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.“
Slated for release in 3-D on 22nd May 2015, the “Poltergeist” reboot has been rated PG-13 for “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.”