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Sam Raimi Says ‘Poltergeist’ Now Accessible to Modern Audiences (Video)


Producer Sam Raimi is featured in a new Poltergeist featurette that shares new footage to go along with some interview bits. One of the more bizarre moments is when Raimi says he wanted to make something more accessible to modern audiences. I guess he means that kids won’t take the time to watch the original film?

In theaters May 22nd from Fox and MGM, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

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Raimi reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. 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.



  • GinsuVictim

    The original still holds up quite well. You’d have to be an ADD crackhead to not like it.

  • Beanis

    This is just Raimi’s way of justifying his less-scary-than-the-original looking remake. There is no reason a modern audience cannot enjoy the 1982 version. This remake will not even come close to the iconic original.

  • Dariyan Skie

    not to mention heather o’rourke died making the movies to the point where no studio wanted to touch the franchise, i think sam is really disrespecting the dead here.

  • NixEclips

    Raimi, I used to love you. You were my favorite director, but that statement is asinine. I just watched it with my nit-picky 12 year old for the first time and he loved it. Get your head out of your ass. The original is and always will be “accessible”.

  • Ned Stevens

    Lets give the movie a chance. And Sam as well. While it is true that the original holds up well. It is dated enough to disconnect from today’s modern audience. Don’t get me wrong, the original is in my top five favorite movies of all time. But a lot of younger people, while still liking the movie, will not be drawn in. There isn’t enough that they can relate to. No cell phones, no flat screens, even the vocabulary will be different.
    They had to modernize, so that today’s audience could relate more to the characters,

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