Reboots can be a scary thing, especially when the source material is so beloved by fans. This is a very real concern for the creative minds behind the coming remake of the 1982 film “Poltergeist.” Now, curious fans have been given their first look at the 2015 reimagining of the classic horror tale.
According to a tweet sent by the movie’s official account, “Poltergeist” will give its first trailer its debut sometime Thursday, Feb. 5. Meanwhile, director Gil Kenan and producer Sam Raimi have shared some photographs of the production exclusively with USA Today.
Besides reigniting everyone’s fear of clowns, the images show a lot of 8-year-old newcomer Kennedi Clements, who plays Madison Bowen in the film. According to Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays Amy Bowen in the reboot, Madison basically will be the replacement for Carol Ann (Heather O’Rourke) in the original film. In an interview with E Online, the actress said Clements will get to deliver the iconic movie line first uttered by O’Rourke: “They’re here!"
— Poltergeist (@Poltergeist) February 3, 2015
Fans will remember the original film, starring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, focused on a suburban family whose home is invaded by mischievous spirits that kidnapped their youngest daughter through its cathode-ray-tube television -- another name for TV sets that aren’t flat screens: Remember those?) The movie’s underlying discomfort with technology was potent in 1982 as electronics were really beginning to take off then, and it has only grown more relevant with age.
“The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids,” Raimi told USA Today. “It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.”
It looks like the creative team behind the movie is hard at work making sure that, while it updates the concept for a modern age, it keeps the basic emotional structure that made the first production such a colossal hit.
“The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win Madison back,” Kenan said. “The film is superscary. And it’s scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world.”
“Poltergeist” will premiere in U.S. theaters July 24.