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Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.


RELEASE DATE
May 22, 2015
September 29, 2015 (DVD)
CURRENT STATUS
Now On DVD
LANGUAGE
English
PRODUCED BY
MGM
Mandate Pictures
Roy Lee
Ghost House Pictures
Fox 2000 Pictures
MPAA RATING
PG-13 "intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language."
OFFICIAL SITES
Facebook
Official Site
DIRECTED BY
Gil Kenan
WRITTEN BY
David Lindsay-Abaire
STARRING
Rosemarie DeWitt
Sam Rockwell
Kyle Catlett
Jared Harris
Saxon Sharbino
Jane Adams

PROJECT DETAILS
  • Originally had a February 13th then a July 24th 2015 theatrical release.
  • Filmed in Toronto, Canada.
  • Actor Sam Rockwell had a recent interview where he revealed some minor details on what to expect from the film, saying: "The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary. It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too." (1/14/15)
  • Said to be in 3D.
  • Saxon Sharbino plays "16-year-old Kendra Bowen, the eldest of the three Bowen children."
  • Kyle Catlett (The Following) plays a member of the Bowens family.
  • Jared Harris (Mad Men) plays "Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners"
  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men, United States of Tara) plays the female lead.
  • It's said that this is a remake/sequel (much like they did with Evil Dead) where it supposedly takes place sometime after the events of the original film. Apparently the new family will find items left behind by the family from the original hidden inside the house to reiterate this fact.
  • Rumor is that the wife in this new family can "communicate with the dead."
  • Director Gil Kenan also helmed the 2006 animated film Monster House and City of Ember in 2008.
  • Once had a November 24th 2010 theatrical release.
  • Sam Raimi is producing, but will not be directing.
  • David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart, Rabbit Hole) is handling the latest scripting duties.
  • Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) was originally said to be directing.
  • Writing duo Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (BoogeymanThe Waiting) wrote an early draft of the script.
  • Original studio MGM is behind this.
  • This project had been rumored for a number of years.
  • The obvious remake to the classic 1982 Tobe Hooper film with the same name.
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