'Poltergeist' Reboot Set Photos and Video Reveal a Return to Suburbia

Director Gil Kenan has resurrected 80s nostalgia for this Ontario, Canada shoot. Is this a good thing, or a horrible horror sacrilege?
Poltergeist reboot set photos and video reveal a return to 80s Suburbia
Poltergeist reboot set photos and video reveal a return to 80s Suburbia
Aside from a couple of casting stories, news on the Poltergeist reboot has been fairly quiet. Some of you probably don't even know that one of the greatest haunted house thrillers of all time is getting the remake treatment.

Released in 1982, the now iconic horror movie was directed by Tobe Hooper from an original idea by producer Steven Spielberg. Its long been rumored that Tobe, who made a name for himself with the low budget The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, fell victim to the pressures of a huge Hollywood blockbuster, suffering from panic attacks that led to Spielberg, who was just down the street working on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, taking over and helming the majority of the project.

That same scenario isn't likely on the set of the new Poltergeist, and even if it were, we probably wouldn't hear about it. As it seems to be a much smaller affair. Gil Kenan, best known for his directorial debut, the animated Monster House, and not so much for his failed YA adaptation City of Ember, is helming this new take on the suburban haunting. He may have gotten a blessing from Spielberg, who executive produced Monster House, but Steven is no where to be seen here. Instead, he is replace by a couple of other horror icons in executive producers Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert.

The duo effectively relaunched their own horror franchise earlier this year with Evil Dead, which was welcomed by fans for not being a complete rehash of the original movie. They are taking the same approach with Poltergeist, which will share themes with the original, but is a completely different story.

Instead of Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) and his family, which included Diane Freeling (JoBeth Williams), Dana Freeling (Dominique Dunne), Robbie Freeling (Oliver Robins) and poor little Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke), we are getting an entirely new family. And the production as lined up a pretty great cast. Sam Rockwell will be playing Eric Bowen, with Rosemarie DeWitt as his wife Amy Bowen. They still have three children, two daughters and a son, but the twist is that the little boy is the one kidnapped by the supernatural forces that have taken residency in their home. Aside from that, the rest of the story is being kept under wraps.

This new version of Poltergeist is shooting in Ontario, Canada, with Gil Kenan looking to reestablish the iconic suburban environment of the original film. New set videos and photos, which we can't show you here, have revealed that the main house is almost identical to the one in the 1982 classic. With the film currently shooting in an actual neighborhood cul-de-sac, plenty of neighbors have come out to snap images, giving us our first real look at what is going on.

To see the best photos and video: Click Here!

As you can see, the ghosts have made a mess of the surrounding area. Others have posted set pics as well, which you can check out: Click Here!

With the second link, you have to really dig through some of the submissions to find the good stuff. But we definitely get a feel for this reboot, which is meant to rebrand and launch a new franchise.

What are your feelings on this so far? Are you glad they are going with a totally different family, and that this isn't meant to tread on what came before it? Should they have just called it something else? Or do you wish they would have made an honest to God remake? We're not sure how the fans are leaning. Some seem to really be embracing the concept of a new Poltergeist. Does it even stand a chance of being as good as the original? It stands now as a true class in the genre, so it will be a hard sell come this time next year, when Poltergeist is released in theaters everywhere.

Poltergeist comes to theaters February 13th, 2015 and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, Kyle Catlett. The film is directed by Gil Kenan.


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Comments (11)

  1. skywise

    @ghostman absolutely. I understand that when your spending 200 million dollars you are aiming for the widest audience and that's fine. Im not gonna lie and say that I don't enjoy a popcorn film but I agree that the Independent films are allowed to have more heart and a lot more breathing room.

    That also means that they tend to be much more niche.

    Which is a good thing...for me.

    6 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. Ghostman

    @skywise True. That and I believe Hollywood has run out of original ideas. They keep recycling the same plot or making never ending franchises with sequel after sequel. At least Indie filmmakers have kept the movie genre alive with their original films that have more heart and soul than today's generic movies released by Hollywood.

    6 months agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. Dragon1991

    Poltergeist Curse part 2 anyone?

    6 months agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  4. skywise

    @ghostman Your right. I know I should be over it but I cant help but feeling that Hollywood is selling my childhood back to me. It is what it is though. I know that nostalgia has a way of making the past look better than it really was so I am trying to keep an open mind and like @thedude-abides said, there is some good talent attached to this.

    6 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Ghostman

    @skywise You have to keep in mind, that Hollywood always remakes movies from 30 years ago. Which is why a lot of 80's films are being remade/rebooted. In ten years from now, we'll be seeing remakes of movies from the 1990's!

    6 months agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    I'm actually of the thinking Poltergeist is one of those rare movies that could use a reboot. And with DeWitt and Rockwell, I have faith this one won't be a complete and total disaster.

    6 months agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. Errol Teichert

    They already made this movie, it's called Insidious.

    6 months agoby @Errol-TeichertFlag

  8. Xenon

    I would rather watch the original

    6 months agoby @xenon56Flag

  9. Joshua Hollaway

    @Bridgette-Monique get over it people like you have been saying that about every remake for the last 15 years

    6 months agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  10. skywise

    Is nothing sacred?

    No, the answer is no.

    Up next; The Goonies remake.

    6 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. Bridgette Monique

    Why are they doing a Poltergeist remake?!? Some movies need to be left alone. And Poltergeist is one of them. Stop it!

    6 months agoby @Bridgette-MoniqueFlag