If you've been under the impression that the upcoming Poltergeist movie is going to be one of the scariest films of 2015, I have some bad news for you. It turns out that this new film isn't necessarily that focused on being that frightening, and has been described by one of its stars as being more of a "kid's movie."
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,
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,
Beyond the already established rating, certainly one element that has long hinted towards 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
We've been hearing about this Poltergeist redo for so long now - dating back to 2011 - that it's actually kind of amazing it's actually almost here. Based on a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), the film has a rather fantastic cast that, in addition to Sam Rockwell, also includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Jane Adams. The film won't be arriving until summer time, scheduled to come out on July 24th, but it shouldn't be too much longer before we get our first look at some footage in the form of a debut trailer. It will definitely be interesting to see what kind of tone it takes.
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