If there were one paranormal horror film to rule them all, Poltergeist (1982) would be the one. It has everything: an ancient Indian burial ground, a monster in the closet, a kid communicating with ghosts through a television, an evil tree, a pool of skeletons, Coach… I mean Craig T. Nelson. Oh, and who could forget the curse! There's an actual, creepy real-life curse surrounding the film’s cast and crew.
Tragedies in the form of accidents, illness and even a murder befell the cast of the Poltergeist. Many attribute the string of catastrophes to the fact that they were using real skeletons instead of props on the set (apparently in 1982, it was cheaper to acquire actual human remains than the plastic knock-offs). An exorcism was performed on the set but it did nothing to calm the curse's course and the man who performed the ritual later became one of the film’s fatalities.
Legendary Filmmaker Sam Raimi and Director Gil Kenan have bravely set out to revive Poltergeist. The re-imagining of the classic horror is scheduled to release on Friday February 13th, 2015 (they’re just tempting fate here). The film is being produced by Ghost House Pictures, which is owned by Sam Raimi and his partner Rob Tapert. It's starring Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris and Rosemarie DeWitt of Cinderella Man. The latest story mirrors its 1982 original: centering on the Bowen family, whose home is infested with malevolent supernatural beings that torment the family and abduct their youngest child.
Lets just hope the plot is the only thing Raimi was breathing new life into and that the set wasn't built over some ancient burial or former location of ritual sacrifice already equipped with its own “props”. Heebee jeebees.