Poltergeist old and new

This will have spoilers, but if you have seen the old film or new film its fine.

At the age of 8 I watched my first ever horror film, poltergeist which at the time freaked me out a fair bit but since then I became obsessed with horror films and to this day I love them.

Now a while down the years I noticed they were making a new poltergeist. I heard that it was going to be in the same neighbourhood but with a different storyline, which sounded promising. Then came the trailer and it soon came clear that it was a reboot and same general story as the original. I noticed a few similar scenes and all be it the people in it all had different names it was the same family setting.

I had my worries for a remake as past remakes of horror films have been packed full of coming of age themes or loads of jump scares. I tried to watch it without comparing it too much to the old film. This was not easy to do as the original has a special hold on me not just because it’s a classic but the fact it was my first horror.  Knowing this film was a remake of an epic film to start with was one thing but because they remade classic scenes I had expectation to me matched or topped.

I sat down and set off to watch the film, first thing I noticed was it started different as they were trying to find a house rather than being already in one. This was a little odd but I thought bit may allow the viewer to see a side of the story prior to the things that took place in the original.

Little by little things started to happen. I found them to be quite cool at first, such as static hair but then everything seemed to be far too random talking to walls/toys and just chucking in bits for the sake of it. The film lacked mood and anticipation and a general build up. From what I was expecting I thought I would feel for the family more like is did during  the first film. It just seemed to me that they were plopping ideas in and adding some old classic moments.

Let’s talk about the classic scenes ,which all seemed to happen within the same close time span, first things first they swapped out the stacked chairs with stacked cards which was more funny than an scary moment. Then the classic there here TV scene which is where the film should have started from. Being petty now I didn’t like how she said there here and the silly black hands. I preferred the slow build up and whispers. They then skipped a large chunk out where in the original you get the intro to the family and the small subtle scenes of activity with the moving floor and spooky lighting counting.

All within a few seconds it seemed that the tree came to life and then the daughter casually walked off into the dark void to be grabbed. It was at this point they got the classic ghost hunters in. the next classic scene was the story of moving objects. Personally I like the idea from the old film where the entire room has flying objects, however the smashing chair was acceptably to.

They then skipped the overnight stay and spooky ghost coming down stairs and                                                                      kicked off a crappy face transform scene,

original footage

biting grabbing scene, the rope scene and talking to the daughter scene all together within a few minutes. Next thing I know the medium is called, which has nothing to his name compared to classic Tangina, he wonders about for a bit looking confused and decides that they must go in after her.

I mean where has the build-up is gone, the tension the fear and sadness you get from the family which reflects on the viewer it all seemed to be absent. Next thing I know there using a flying toy with a camera on it to go to the other side. Now it’s all cool to see what may have been on the other side but first off why is the electrics working and 2 I think not seeing and hearing growling and screams is much more tense than going in and seeing a load of dark flapping arms with bright light.

Before I knew it the medium declared it ok to go in and the young lad, not the mum, ran on in. he then located his sister and within seconds pulled her out. They then both go to the classic wake up scene in the bath and once again the film jumps more tension. They decide to go straight from this house is clean to oh no it’s not without having the nice break of everything is fine that the original had. Next thing I know the medium runs on into the house to go to the other side and the house classically crushes into nothingness as the family drive off safe and sound.

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This film did not feel like a remake as such it was more like a summary of the old film, with random added new parts, rather than a thought through remake. I was aware not ever scene would match entirely the same as you may as well just watch the old one, but they just rushed though it so  fast that there was no time to feel the essence of the movie that the original film had.

Personally I would have started from the same TV scene and developed time with the characters more and spaced the classic re shot scenes apart and added extra tension in between. That or I would have stuck with the initial idea of making it in the same town with an entire different story.

As for it being scary there were times I jumped but mostly things were happening so fast I didn’t have time to get deeply into the story.

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Alien Isolation review

Alien Isolation aka Alien 1.1 placed is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years prior to Aliens, playing as Amanda Ripley in a journey to track her mother Ellen Ripley down,

                                                                                                                                      The game starts with her team heading to the Sevastopol but shit hits the fan from the get go and you’re left to wonder round the station and figure out what’s going on and remake contact with your team.

This game was what Colonial Marines should have been. In my opinion it is like another film that I have the privilege of playing through as

the main character. It has everything about an alien film such as face huggers, the androids and of course the daunting xenomorph, which can all be picked up on the  motion scanner as small dots moving about.

The fear and unnerving feelings throughout the game kept me on edge from start to finish. Even in sections of the game where the alien was not around I could just never tell as the music was always suspenseful and the sound effects of creaking or pipes hissing kept my nerves on edge and my senses high.

Some people may criticize it for just being a run and hide game mixed with opening doors but it is so much more than that. It has a good story, tension and the use of my brain. What I mean by that is there’s times in the game where you need to figure things out or solve puzzles to get to the next place or unlock an area to get a key card for a corridor, that was not accessible before, or to use a computer to access intercom. I would say it has a slight aspect of doom 95 about it, in regards to not always knowing where to go and having to find items to get into locked areas.

This is by no means a shoot ’em up game. In fact if you do fire off your gun then you will find the alien popping out and killing you shortly after and the fact that there is no auto save and only booths to save at  here and there most of the game is spent being quite, hiding or later in the game using the flame thrower to its best making you feel like Ellen Ripley when she toasts the next in the film.

There are times when you can get a bit gung-ho when faced with the other emery’s on the ship such as there freaky crazy androids or other people on the ship out to kill all others just to stay alive. But be aware ammo is sparse and it’s sometimes better to save up just in case. However you do get a few added extra treats that you can make from items found lying around such as pipe bombs or an EMP

Overall I loved this game and it made me go and buy the Blu-ray set of the Alien films. If you’re a fan and you like Alien films and you like games such as outlast mixed with dead space then combine an alien film with all that mixture and here you have it. An amazing jumpy suspense packed game and in my opinion the best alien game I’ve ever played.

Here’s a short clip of a few of my moments:

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