Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Not Sure Movie-Goers Now Would Find Old Horror Films Scary. ; Sam Rockwell Was an Alien in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an Astronaut in Moon and Has Appeared in Iron Man 2, and Galaxy Quest. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out What Spooks the American Film Star as He Appears in the Remake of Poltergeist

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Not Sure Movie-Goers Now Would Find Old Horror Films Scary. ; Sam Rockwell Was an Alien in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an Astronaut in Moon and Has Appeared in Iron Man 2, and Galaxy Quest. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out What Spooks the American Film Star as He Appears in the Remake of Poltergeist

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You made your film debut in 1989 in horror film Clownhouse. Do you think movies are more scary nowadays? IT'S a very competitive market... there are a lot of horror movies now, and they're getting scarier and scarier.

The kind of movies I grew up watching - The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby - I'm not even sure modern audiences would find them scary anymore.

Though, having said that, some modern movies seem like a homage to those older movies like The Conjuring, which I really liked.

It seems almost like a homage to The Omen and The Exorcistfi and Poltergeist, actually.

You're starring in the remake of seminal horror movie Poltergeist. What are your memories of the 1982 film co-written by Steven Spielberg? I REMEMBER seeing the original and it was really a mind-blowing experience. I saw it in the theatre and it totally freaked me out. It was scary and heartbreaking and just great, an amazing film.

Did you watch the original movie again when you signed on for the remake? YES, I did watch it again when I was considering doing it and it held up very well. In fact, it was daunting.

At one point, for the first readthrough of the script, I called JoBeth Williams and Craig T Nelson (part of the original Poltergeist cast) and talked to them about the process of making the movie because I needed some help, some acting advice.

What did they tell you? THEY gave me some good tips.

Basically, they said that the focus should be about the children and that was the key to the arc for them, emotionally.

likE Essentially it's a child abduction film and, once you stay with that, you can't go wrong as an actor.

Sometimes acting with green screen and ghosts is tough, so the way to relate to it emotionally has to be about losing your children.

The supernatural part is just a device to make what is really a child abduction film more fantastical and more interesting.

That's essentially what's going on.

Does working on a horror movie feel at all spooky on set? SOMETIMES there was a vibe, but I think it was more the power of suggestion.

It was a long shoot, and we got very sick - me and Ro (co-star Rosemarie DeWitt) got bronchitis because it was very cold in Toronto where we were shooting. …

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