Retaining the eerie edge of the original 1982 film, this spooky remake follows the Bowen family as they discover that their new home is awash in malevolent spirits, who soon make off with youngest daughter Madison.
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- Gil Kenan
- DVD and Blu-ray
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Poltergeist (2015) is the remake of one of the most popular horror films of all time, 1982's Poltergeist. Those familiar with the legendary original know that it's a haunted-house story featuring jump-worthy moments of terror directed toward a family with three kids. The youngest child is abducted by supernatural forces, and the rest of the family is terrorized, but no one dies. Expect some strong language ("s--t," "bitch," etc.) and a couple of adult situations involving parents fooling around and drinking -- the dad a bit too heavily. But as far as horror movies for teens go, at least this one doesn't feature blood and gore ... just lots of scares, tension, and peril. All told, it's a bit less scary than the original, but it's still too frightening for younger kids.
- Sexual Content
- A wife complains that her underwear is sad; her husband jokes that his is really happy. He then says "things are looking up" suggestively. They kiss and start to fool around on the bed (she's in a tank top and underwear; he takes off his pants), but they're interrupted.
- Many frightening, disturbing sequences and jump-worthy moments. A young child is abducted by supernatural forces and taken to a parallel realm. A boy is dragged around by a haunted tree. In one tense scene, it seems like a man will be killed by a drill operated by the poltergeist. Scary scenes of skeletal ghosts and of the other world. Car is flipped upside down with the family inside it. A man goes into the other world and doesn't come back out.
- Strong language, including words repeated by a 6-year-old: "dumbass," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "Jesus!" (as an exclamation), "goddamn."
- Social Behavior
- Amid the scares is the message that families can work out any problem if they stick together and work as a team.
- Brands featured include iPhone, Mac, Dodge Grand Caravan, John Deere Corp., Fruity Pebbles, and Honey Comb.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The dad drinks pretty often, usually from a coffee mug. Adults drink wine at a dinner party.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it