I don’t think that I’ve ever timed anything so well in my life. I managed to see two movies today, Ex Machine and Poltergeist 3D and the overlap was nonexistent. I finished movie one and stepped into the theater of movie two as the previews started to roll; win, massive win. Usually on two movie days, I find myself with some arbitrary amount of time to kill between films and therefore out of boredom eating double the amount of popcorn that I should. As is, I sit here with uncomfortable popcorn-belly. I’m having a popcorn baby, you guys!
So, I was impressed by both movies, but I think I’m going to write on Ex Machina later, as I think that requires a little more chewing in my brain before I can really digest it properly. So I guess that makes this post about Poltergeist 3D.
Let’s start with this detail: I’ve never seen the original Poltergeist, and honestly, even as a horror fan, I know nothing about it. I recognized some nods to iconic scenes, but I feel like those scenes I’ve only seen as nods in other movies.
It starts as every haunting story that I’ve ever seen starts, a family moves into a new house for whatever reason they had to leave their last home and are forced to move somewhere new. The children immediately find something wrong with the house, whatever that may be. One child is terrified, one embraces, and one is apathetic. Something happens to convince the parents that the children are not making this up. They call in experts.
Of course the idea that the child is sucked into the Poltergeists’ dimension is not something I’ve ever seen and that’s where it started to feel different, special. Because someone has to go in after her.
I’m not sure how necessary the 3D was to the effects, but the effects were pretty good. There wasn’t anything so overblown that it took me out of the moment. There was a lot more creepy made up hands and flickering lights than over the top effects. Of course the portal is a little strange and that’s where most of the overblown unbelievable effects happened. But really, the only thing that took me out of the moment was the horrible girl sitting behind me who kept gorram kicking my seat. And I cannot blame the film for that.
I actually found myself emotionally invested in the characters, as well as jumping out of my skin – both hallmarks of a very good horror movie.
I now have every intention in the world of seeing the original. I really can’t believe that I have made it to 28 and never seen it.