Poltergeist

May 21, 2015 | 1:20 p.m.

Throwback Thursday: Original ‘Poltergeist’ conjured controversy over ratings creative control

It’s an image ingrained in the memory of horror film fans: A little girl in front of a static-filled television set, holding out her hands to touch the whispering screen. As director Gil Kenan’s remake of “Poltergeist” opens in theaters Friday, this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday revisits the seminal original, about a suburban family whose young daughter Carol Anne communicates with spirits who can throw objects, move furniture and manipulate weather. “Poltergeist,” co-produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg, stepped into the light on June 4, 1982. The film, which contained no graphic sex, no slasher gore and no deaths, was frightening enough to spark a ratings controversy. The MPAA initially gave it an R rating because “cumulative effect” was “too intense,” co-producer Frank Marshall told The Times before the film’s release. Spielberg was so upset about the R rating, […]
Feb. 05, 2015 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Poltergeist’: Watch haunting new trailer for Gil Kenan’s horror redo

The clown is back. The first trailer for “Poltergeist” has arrived, offering a haunting glimpse of director Gil Kenan’s reboot of the 1982 horror favorite. Produced by Sam Raimi, the film appears to hew closely to the story line of the original movie. In the new movie, Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt portray Eric and Amy Bowen, parents to two young children. The family moves into a new home in what appears to be an ordinary neighborhood, only to discover that supernatural forces are at work — and have designs on their son and daughter. The cast also includes Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Jane Adams (“Hung,” “Little Children”). “Poltergeist” is the third film from Kenan, following his 2006 animated debut, “Monster House,” and the 2008 live-action adventure “City of Ember.” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”) wrote the […]
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