“American Poltergeist” isn’t just a title, it’s a statement. It’s a way to target a niche by telling them exactly what story and subgenre they should expect, and it leaves no room for subtlety. One can only wish that the film delivers beyond the boundaries of its title. Not too long ago, posters were created before films were even shot, and that led to disappointments.
If you know what I’m referring to, then you know what American Poltergeist is. It’s haunting 101, mixed with a bit of Wicca because God knows we, horror fans, love witchcraft. Somehow, the writers forgot to include a Ouija board seance. While it often fails to scare, American Poltergeist manages to seduce with its fifty-minute exposition phase. And then, it turns into somewhat of a slasher...
The production looks good, even when considering its aesthetic missteps and its occasional negligence in regard to production design. The execution is dynamic and makes the whole Lizzie Borden mythology sink in, however complex. It makes the most of its environment and its cast. The actors all look good; it’s almost surreal. This film will surely benefit their resume.