Production Contexts: Poltergeist

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Production Contexts - Poltergeist

Financial determinants involved in the production of the two films is one of the main differences between the overall look of them. The original film had a budget of 10.7 million, compared to the modern remake which was 35 million. One of the main reasons why the remake of Poltergeist has a higher budget than the original film is based on the fact that the right to produce a film based on a remake can cost anything from a couple of thousand which already adds to the budget before the production has even begun. Another reason is because the remake has better visual effects, such as computer-generated imagery. For example in the scene where the son is attacked by a tree the original films computer generation
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In 1982 the original film was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. M-G-M is an American Media company that is involved in the production and distribution of feature films and television programmes. It was because of the success of Poltergeist that M-G-M relied more on distribution of independent productions, rather than financing their own. It was released on LaserDisc in 1983 and later in 1997 M-G-M released the film on DVD with special features such as the trailer of the film. It was shown in theaters once in October, 2007 to promote the new restored and remastered 25th anniversary DVD. Warner released the high definition of the film only on Blu-ray format in October, 2008. The film was also promoted, and effectively distributed in another form. The Horror Punk band Misfits’ song “Shining” was also based on the film with the chorus singing “Carol Anne, Carol Anne” which is the name of the main character in the film. This promoted the film as when people listened to the song they would associate it with the film which further made it recognisable. As the band is a Horror Punk, the song they released is targeting the same audience because they have the same genre. As the film was such a global success the re-make was distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox. International territories as well as international television distribution was handled by M-G-M. Fox also handled home entertainment and domestic television. The …show more content…
Spielberg had also directed other films such as ‘Jaws’ which is also a thriller-horror genre. This therefore indicates and emphasises to the audience that because he has been a global success with previous films that ‘Poltergeist’ will be just as successful and thrilling. However as the remake was directed by ‘Gil Kenan’ who directed the children’s horror film ‘Monster House’ it could change the audiences outlook on the film. This is because Spielberg is known for his outstanding fantastical films he produces and directs and Gil Kenan isn’t up to the same standard.
After the trilogy’s releases it was apparent that it had huge affect on it’s audience. The fanatical films became believable to many people because of it’s realistic storyline. As a result of this people’s attitudes towards poltergeists/ghosts/spirits made them more cautious and aware of them which spawned people into panic. Furthermore as there was several premature deaths of people associated with the film people believed there was a curse over

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