When one thinks of ‘Poltergeist‘ the first thought might not be that it is a kid’s film but Sam Rockwell’s (‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,’ ‘Iron Man 2’) recent description of it might be just that! No, not a movie for kids but one told through a child’s point of view.
When put into that perspective I can see how the idea for the film could work.
Recently while promoting his next film ‘Loitering with Intent,’ he commented on the upcoming horror story and said that:
“I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.”
The first film absolutely had a few key scenes that would work in 3D so even though I’m not the biggest fan of the technology, I’m sure there will be even more ways to use it here.
He also took a moment to give some key details on how exactly it would be a “kids’ movie” as well as who we would be following through the film:
“The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.”
So when you think about ‘Poltergeist’ you probably don’t think of an adventure film but they seem to be heading slightly more in that direction. Of course, if they are going to give us a new telling of such a classic horror film I would hope they are giving us something really new and this almost sounds like it could be good.
“It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.”
With the first film actually somehow getting a PG rating and manage to freak the hell out of generations of viewers this could have potential. Or it could, like most reboots, be a total flop critically if not financially.
Are you looking forward to the reboot of the ‘Poltergeist’ film? Do you think an adventure horror film viewed through the eyes of a child could be a great idea or just not work on the big screen? Share your thoughts below!