Beneath contempt, dreadful. A cynically made, disposable, product attempting to besmirch and make money off the brand name of a superior, older classic. The actors are stranded without an original script, idea or inspiration driving this ludicrous piece of tripe. Insulting to fans of the original and bound to make younger audiences scratch their heads as to why "Poltergeist" was a cultural phenom in the first place.
This remake is absolutely not necessary. The reasons of why I watch horror films are; 1) the thrill, if it doesn't scare you at all or at least gives you chill, then what's the point? 2) the story itself. I personally think that the plot is too fast, the story became so... blur and shallow. Very disappointed.
I know, Kenan, that when you're writing horror and you have the technology present to show everything, it often feels as though you should. However, the subtlety of horror requires restraint– a virtue this movie sorely lacks. While this would have been a moderately interesting horror movie on its own, it pales in the face of the original, which it must inevitably be compared to.
A misguided attempt to win over audiences with a family-friendly horror film that boasts little build up (thus limiting the impact of the proceedings), almost no suspense (except for a brief clown-toy attack), an overload of middling CGI (which is never scary) and a tonal mishmash of lame verbal comedy and harmless menace (thus making it ineffective in both instances).
Although I'm no fan of the original, at least Hooper and Spielberg were able to craft some sort of atmosphere—visceral intensity from the former and a sense of wonder from the latter. With its slapdash digital effects and shorthand plot, the remake has no time for atmosphere and just rushes from scene to scene. Pretty boring and definitely not scary, the best way to describe this milquetoast remake is pointless.