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Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, a tree comes alive and takes Robbie through his bedroom window, and Carol Anne is abducted by ghosts. Realizing that something evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to investigate, hoping to get Carol Anne back, so he can remove his family from the house before it's too late.
Making excellent use of its resources, brilliantly paced from start to finish & employing clever use of horror elements throughout its runtime, Poltergeist might have been one of the most influential & heart-pounding horror films of its time but over the years, its scare factor has diminished by a great deal, thanks to its dated special effects & countless imitations.
Set in a California suburb, the story of Poltergeist focuses on one particular family whose home is abducted by malevolent ghosts. Amusing at first, the paranormal activities within the house soon begin to intensify but things turn for the worst when the family's youngest daughter is abducted by them. With the help of parapsychologists & a spiritual medium, the family tries to bring her…
Overlong infomercial on the dangers of watching too much television.
When October rolls around most people feel this urge to fill the month with horror films and I am absolutely supportive of this need! While I feel the need to fill my entire year [life] with horror films, I find that October is a time to revisit the films I have always loved, films which aren't just nostalgia-inducing but rather comforting in their familiarity. Poltergeist was released exactly one year and two days before I was born, so it is quite obvious that I grew up with this movie. There is something about Poltergeist which I never tire of, it has to be one of the most re-watchable movies I have ever seen (repeatedly, for 30 years).
One of the…
Once up a time there existed a tribe of people called Hippies. They rejected the dominant ideologies of the ruling elites, railing against all of the hypocrisy and bullshit. They marched and protested against violence and demanded an end to war. They stepped aside from the capitalist rat race and lived in communes. They expanded their minds with a little help from their friends, Mr. Weed and Sir LSD. They watched in awe as Hendrix smashed his guitar and went truckin' to Grateful Dead concerts.
And then... well, they grew up. They got hitched, signed up for a real job, spat out some spawn and encumbered themselves with…
Soooooooooooo, umm.........okay, little story to WHY I'm counting this as a Spielberg movie on this Marathon. See, I was originally going to let this (And next Friday's review) off since technically speaking this and "Twilight Zone: The Movie" aren't Spielberg films in the same way that many others have been.
But, due to a poll I did on Twitter to see if I should include these into this Marathon, everyone voted yes so I figured I might as well. And erm, let me explain something about this as well. See, a LOT of people have claimed and even have proof that Spielberg was the real director behind most of this film and had Tobe Hooper directed SOME of the more…
Eleventh watch of Hoop-Tober 2.0. Why on earth would you, as a parent, after having just retrieved your kid daughter from the kingdom of the death where she was taken to by some unholy spirit, stay a second longer than strictly necessary in the house in which this spooky business took place - let alone decide to spend the night there again. It’s asking for trouble if you ask me. Exactly, I don’t see why you would even consider staying in a house where furniture inexplicitly starts moving by itself and where stuff starts flying around. And although I for one don’t suffer from coulrophobia, that clown figure is still creepy as fuck and you must be insane to put…
Man, Colin Kaepernick would really hate this movie.
An old favorite- I tried to watch it last year through the library but they kept sending me the shitty remake instead.
Still creepy and scary after all these years. Some of the effects look dated now (that guy's face falling off in the sink looks terrible) but others look good mainly the "ghost light" stuff.
Not sure where I stand on the whole Hooper vs. Spielberg thing. It definitely has that Spielberg "80's suburban" feel to it. But it also has that "edge" from Hooper to it as well. I'll just say it was probably co-directed with both guys doing a bunch of coke in the process. The best of both…
Poltergeist is a movie about real mom shit. Stepping on toys that you asked your kid to pick up and put away 100 times. Cradling your son and telling him everything is going to be okay on a sofa in the dead of night. Following your daughter into an unknown hell to save her from the bad influences of ghosts. Ya know. Just everyday mom shit.
First watch with the kids. Still an absolute classic.
Honestly they should've just Beetlejuice'd the situation: let it have Carol Ann on Weekends while it lives in the attic, only this time it's the closet.
The entertaining, if sloppy, subtext of Poltergeist--the emptiness of suburban consumerism, the cold indifference of capitalism, etc.--and the spectacular solid effects aren't able to overcome the unbearably hokey score. Certain stretches of the film dedicated to what might have been otherwise tolerable exposition were rendered completely ineffective due to the relentlessly bland soundtrack blaring in the background. The film would have benefited from having no score at all; it certainly would have been scarier.
The tone of this movie, falling between horror and adventure, is so perfect, that I am surprised there haven't been more attempts to emulate this film. In a time when all horror films are pretty much just build up, build up, and more build up, it is really impressive watching this film effortlessly jump between quiet scenes, and scenes of horrific chaos. Also, Jerry Goldsmith you crazy for this one.
A classic horror film, by Steven Spielberg no less. "Their here"
Not as scary as I thought, but very iconic. I will never forget the line, "You only moved the headstones! Why?" There's a rumour that they used real skeletons, and some of the actors died mysteriously, which adds to the creepiness of the movie. Nobody died.
Poltergeist was one of those films that I watched waaay to early in life. Scared me senseless as a youngster. It still holds some of it's scariness but isn't quite as potent.
It is a great story, built on a series of coincidences and fuck-ups that leads to the amazingly creepy Carol-Anne being taken to the other side by malevolent spirits. Poor older brother Robbie gets it pretty bad too; when he's not getting eaten by a tree he's being attacked by a toy clown (a freaky looking one at that! Who would give these things to their kids?)
All in all it is a really good film, well cast and well acted, the kids are brilliant once again, Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are superb as the parent at their wits end after losing their little girl.
You get a nice twist too towards the end.