Meet the New Freelings in the Trailer for Poltergeist!

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Okay, so they’re not the Freelings, they’re the Bowens, and the iconic Zelda Rubinstein has been swapped for Mad Men‘s Jared Harris. On the surface, this new Poltergeist looks to have changed a few things that give it a cosmetically different appearance. The on-the-surface changes aren’t revolutionary and don’t do much to dull the sense of familiarity between this new film and the original. There are a lot of moments in the trailer that also feel familiar to horror films of recent years, like the Paranormal Activity-esque invisible ghost grabbing Macie (the Carol Anne of the new film) and taking her up the stairs.

Despite the various I’ve-seen-this-before moments presented in the trailer, I like the look of the movie and am looking forward to what director Gil Kenan (Monster House) and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) do with their new take. Plus with Sam Rockwell in the father role and Sam Raimi producing, I can’t help but get a little excited. Ultimately, I remain cautiously optimistic for Poltergeist and will have my butt in the theater come July 24.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn

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