Man, what a freaking letdown. This movie stunk from start to finish. No time spent telling a story, no time at all getting you to like any of the characters, just plowing through.
I love John Lithgow and I couldn't have cared less about his character in this. I thought the original movie was cheesy and poorly acted, but at least it had charm and made me care about the people in it.
I waited a long time for this one, and I didn't like it at all. Nothing about it was good to me. I hated it all the way through.
From what you described endo, they committed all the wrongs they could to ruin what could have been a good rendering of a classic horror story. I hate when they don't develop the characters. And you're absolutely right, when you don't make a connection with the characters, you don't get drawn into the story at all. It's one of my pet peeves (no pun intended.)
It felt like it was just plodding along without any attention to detail. Sometimes I say something about a new movie and then feel I was too harsh, not in this case. This movie stinks and feels like it was just made to make money off of the original and Kings name. It sucks, the acting sucks, and I'm sorry I wasted my time on it.