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'Poltergeist' remake haunted by its original version
'Poltergeist' remake haunted by its original version

Within Hollywood's ongoing remake cycle, the 1982 hit "Poltergeist" is a choice both obvious and challenging. A touchstone for much in contemporary horror, with its emphasis on a family in peril, then cutting-edge effects work and some sly satire, the original "Poltergeist" was an efficient, intense haunted house story for and about its times. Directed by Gil Kenan — nominated for an Oscar for his 2006 animated film "Monster House" — the remake is a disconcertingly uneven outing, not quite connecting in the manner of the original while also never standing firmly on its own two feet. The new "Poltergeist" is a pleasant enough...

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