Poltergeist remake new details get alarm bells ringing

Sam Rockwell has some bad news about the Poltergeist reboot’s R-rating, guys

JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling in 1982's Poltergeist
JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling in 1982’s Poltergeist

Speaking to Collider, Moon star Sam Rockwell let slip a few nuggets of information on the Evil Dead-style reboot/sequel/remake of Tobe Hooper and Stephen Spielberg’s cult 1982 horror gem Poltergeist that’s guaranteed to get geek knuckles whitening with rage.

“I’ve seen a little in looping,” Rockwell explained. ”

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.”

Bashing 3D horror flicks is a bit too easy, so let’s just movie on.

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Explaining the new storyline’s shift in tone from the original film, Rockwell added:

“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.

“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.”

In fairness, the original movie was intended to be more PG and Hooper and Spielberg pulled out all the stops to get it downgraded from R. The problem is that just who is going to be watching this if not hardened horror fans who’ve grown up with the original?

Poltergeist will be in cinemas 24 July 2015. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.