20TH Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present “Poltergeist,” from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”).
It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire where Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams star, additionally the cast also includes talented new actors Saxon Sharbino, Catlett and Kennedi Clements who play the children of the afflicted family.
“Poltergeist” updates an iconic and ground-breaking brand, creating a classic haunted house tale that plays to our innermost fears. It presents a family like ours, in a house like ours – but one that finds itself caught in an otherworldly trap.
Shot in 3D for that enhanced edge-of-your-seat suspense, the movie originated with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Rabbit Hole.” Lindsay-Abaire is known for creating highly engaging characters through sophisticated and layered story lines.
Director Gil Kenan remembers, “When I read David’s script I understood there was a way to bring the “Poltergeist” story to life in a new way, and through it create a modern and terrifying story of an American family under siege.”
Producer Sam Raimi notes that Kenan was the ideal choice to bring the story to life. “Gil has a lot of experience with building suspense and scares, like he did with [his hit animated feature] ‘Monster House.’ That film would present suspenseful scenes – and then it would surprise audiences with an unexpected joke. Sometimes Gil would build suspense, and there’d be a beat where nothing happened, and then he’d present a big scare.
“The art of suspense-building is about timing and delivery and playing upon audiences’ expectations,” Raimi continues. “Gil has become a master at that, and I think POLTERGEIST is really going to keep audiences on edge.”
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