I have some really bad news for the Poltergeist and horror fans, If you are thinking that Poltergeist will be scariest movie of the 2015 then you have another thing coming. This will be the curse of Poltergeist.
That quote comes directly from Sam Rockwell, who recently discussed his work on the movie in an interview with Collider. Discussing the approach that the new version of Poltergeist is taking, the actor explained that there is a bit of a perspective change and that the resulting film is perhaps going to be a bit lighter than horror fans may be expecting. He explained,
“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.”
Further proving this point is the fact that the MPAA has actually already certified the new Poltergeist. It has been rated PG-13 for “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.” To hear Sam Rockwell tell it, however, those aforementioned sequences won’t exactly have you screaming in the movie theater :(.
The actor told the site,
“It’s not like Conjuring type of scary (Yeah, It is more like Monsters Inc. type of scary.. Go on..). 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.”
One more hint is been given Poltergeist skewing younger is the fact that it’s being directed by Gil Kenan. The filmmaker made his first feature with the animated Monster House in 2006, and despite its horror title, it too was much more kid friendly than scary. Kenan continued to speak to a young audience with 2008’s City of Ember, and now it appears that 20th Century Fox brought him on-board to do something similar with this remake. So there you go. Poltergeist for KIDS!