Clowns, bad premises and Sam Rockwell, what more could you want?_________________________________________________________________________________
10. In a Q&A, Saxon Sharbino admitted that she had never seen the original Poltergeist (1982) until filming was complete on this production.
9. Almost half of the costumes and props used in the movie were sold to a fan in England before the movie hit theaters.
8. Parapsychologist/Anomalist Christopher Chacon, one of the world's foremost authorities on "poltergeists", was utilized by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/20th Century Fox studios as their official expert on the phenomenon to internationally publicize and promote the release of the movie
7. The director stated that the house they filmed in is haunted
6. In the original 1982 version, the brother's name is Robbie, whereas in this version, it's Griffin. This may be an homage to Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest sister and who was murdered 5 months after the release of Poltergeist. Her brother's name is Griffin Dunne, best known from An American Werewolf in London.
5. When Eric and Amy are at the dinner party and learn about the cemetery, the host of the party jokes that it at least wasn't an Indian burial ground. In the original film, the house was also built on an old cemetery, and many believe it was an Indian burial ground. The "Family Guy" episode "Petergeist" even parodying the original film and saying it was an Indian burial ground
4. Amy talks to Eric about becoming a coach, Craig T. Nelson who played the original father in Poltergeist, played Coach Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach (1989).
3. Natasha Calis was considered for the role of Kendra Bowen.
2. Not screened in advanced for Critics.
1. The bent spoon that was used in the film was sold to a fan in New York.
The first film that 20th Century Fox and MGM actually produced together. Fox has handled international distribution for MGM since the early 2000s, as well as distributing MGM titles on Blu-ray and DVD since 2006, though the two studios have never actually collaborated for a film project outside of distribution.
The original cut ran for 101 minutes with 7-8 minutes of footage missing from the theatrical cut. This footage will supposedly be released as a director's cut on the DVD and Blu-ray release.
Gil Kenan's first job as a director since City of Ember (2008).
Rosemarie Dewitt wanted to do the film, after she experienced the engaged and lively audience reaction at the premiere of The Conjuring (2013), which she attended because it featured her husband Ron Livingston.
The bumper sticker on the Bowen vehicle during the last scene of the film says: Hooper High School. This is a direct reference to Tobe Hooper, who directed the 1982 original version.