Poltergeist ★★

"Why would someone have a box of clowns?" Good question. Here's another one: how does someone make a film that's so noisy yet so devoid of threat or tension? It's quite the achievement, actually, Gil Kenan's remake. It's one that misses completely what made Tobe Hooper's classic work as it tries to pass itself off as a variant of Insidious while somehow ignoring what worked in that one, too. At least it has an above-average cast, despite them having little to work with for the bulk of the film. And it ends better than you think it's going to, once Jared Harris' Oirish-accented reality TV ghost hunter enters the fray. Better than 'absolutely awful' is still pretty bad, though.