20th Century Fox and MGM have released a new Poltergeist trailer and poster for director Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) contemporary remake of the classic horror film. Produced by Sam Raimi, the redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as parents trying to fend off a spiritual invasion and save their eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) from the evil forces trying to take her. This new trailer is certainly unsettling, and while it’s unlikely the remake will match the effect of the original film, it at least looks like Kenan is making solid use of today’s visual effects technology without using it as a crutch. Overall, though, the film doesn’t look like it deviates from the plot of the original too heavily, and I’m most curious to see what significant changes (if any) are made in the update.
Watch the new Poltergeist trailer below, followed by the terrifying new poster, and let us know what you think about the remake in the comments. The film also stars Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Susan Heyward, Jane Adams, and Nicholas Braun. Poltergeist opens in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Poltergeist:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.