[UPDATE: An international Poltergeist trailer has been released.]
Until housing developers learn not to build new properties on top of old Native American burial grounds, the poltergeists are going to keep clawing their way through our screens and kidnapping cute little girls. In Gil Kenan’s remake of classic horror film Poltergeist, the name of the family has changed but the scenario is the same: Eric and Amy Bowen (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) move to a new home with their three children, but find themselves in a war with the supernatural when their youngest daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements) is abducted by otherworldly forces.
Produced by Sam Raimi and set to be one of this summer’s big horror releases, Poltergeist is sure to be met with skepticism from fans of the original, and from those who are doubtful about the potential of a horror movie that carries a PG-13 rating. Still, for every few terrible and pointless horror movie remakes there’s usually one that turns out well, and perhaps Poltergeist will be one of the latter.
Now comes the first chance to see what Kenan’s re-imagining of the movie will have to offer, as the trailer for Poltergeist has just been released. The “TV people” are back, and so is a new version of that horrible clown doll owned by young Griffin Bowen (Kyle Catlett). It looks like this remake will follow the plot beats of the original film very closely, with only the actual poltergeist scares being altered to surprise audience members that have seen the original film. Meanwhile, Jarred Harris’ TV medium Carrigan Burke will be standing in for Tangina Barrons (who was played by the late Zelda Rubinstein).
UPDATE: Digital Spy has debuted an alternate Poltergeist trailer meant for international audiences, which you can watch below:
Accompanying the trailers is the first poster for Poltergeist, which shows little Madison Bowen standing what is probably not a safe distance away from a sinister looking shape in the closet. At least she has that trusty pink cow doll to protect her.
Poltergeist is set for release on July 24th, 2015.