It's ba-aack: Horror duo pen new 'Poltergeist'


Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are going into the light.

The "Boogeyman" scribes are rolling out more children's nightmares for MGM's planned remake of "Poltergeist," the 1982 horror film that made "they're here …" the creepiest announcement ever voiced.

The original "Poltergeist," directed by Tobe Hooper from a script co-written by Steven Spielberg, skirted an R rating despite its children-in-constant-peril, toy clown-strangling, face-peeling, skeleton-swimming medley of horrors. The MGM/UA release grossed $122 million worldwide and spawned two nerve-jangling sequels.

"We don't want to do horror karaoke," said White, who is married to Snowden. "We want to do a really cool cover version of a song that everybody loves."

The writers, repped by ICM, had a hand in the never-hatching remake of "The Birds." They also co-wrote "Knowing," which Summit will release in March. (partialdiff)