Director: Gil Kenan. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris. 93 min, Rated PG-13. USA/Canada. Horror.
As far as I recall, the original 1983 Poltergeist, in lieu of all its ghouls and apparitions, was an horror allegory for the addictive effects of TV in the 80s - as the TV set literally "swallows" the little girl. The remake has its fair share of shocks and spooks (some of which are genuinely good), but the story is the same; there's no current day allegory for the horror (kid/teenage attachment to smart phones would have been a perfect subject). Alas, nobody asked my opinion on the script, so I'll accept this as a great opportunity lost.