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Why the Poltergeist Remake Won’t Be As Good As The Original

Last week, news of the Poltergeist remake set fire to the Internet, and not in a good way. In an interview with Collider, Sam Rockwell, who has been cast as father figure Eric Bowen in the remake, dished out details about the new film. And what he shared may give pause to some fans of the original, including myself.

I should probably disclose that the 1982 film Poltergeist is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love it. I’ve loved it since I was a small child and I love it now. Every time it comes on TV, I drop everything and let myself get sucked into the world of the Freeling Family—mother Diane, father Steven, and children Dana, Robbie, and Carol Ann. Poor, sweet Carol Ann. It’s utterly compelling—well-acted, scary, and an incredibly well-balanced story. It’s amazing and awesome and you can’t convince me otherwise. It doesn’t need to be remade.

So it’s not surprising that my immediate reaction to news of a remake (an unnecessary remake) was to make this face:

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Hocus Pocus and the Independence of Children

Didn’t you just love Hocus Pocus when you were a kid?

I remember watching this movie as a kid and loving every minute. Even now as an adult, this movie is so much fun. It’s the right mix of scary, dangerous, funny, over the top, and whimsical. Who would think that a movie about three grotesque witch sisters who want to attain eternal youth and beauty by kidnapping small children and consuming their life force would be so entertaining? It certainly helps that the witches, while scary, are bumbling and ridiculous and completely over the top.

 

LOVE IT

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Ghost Stories for Childhood – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Why do kids love being scared? Not just sneaking slasher films or scary movies, I’m talking about ghosts stories, urban legends, monster stories told in tight circles, bathed either in the glow of the TV or the campfire.

Tales of the boogeyman. Playing “Light as a Feather.” Communicating with the other side using a Ouija board. Gathering the courage to summon Bloody Mary in a dark, cramped bathroom.

I think kids feel the same attraction adults feel. Scary things make you excited, in the purest physiological meaning of the term.

You know what it feels like to watch a really, truly terrifying movie. Your heart rate increases, as does your blood pressure and your respiration rate. Your amygdala goes to work, flashing signals to your pituitary glands and adrenaline glands, which, depending on how intense the situation is, release adrenaline and cortisol.

It’s a rush, and people generally love the sensation.

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