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Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, (JoBeth Williams) and their three children, Dana (Dominique Dunne), Robbie (Oliver Robins), and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), 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 (Beatrice Straight) 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…
This viewing is long overdue! Too much time has passed by so I remedied the situation and streamed this puppy on the ole big screen.
A short time in and I was bowled over as if it had been my first time. I was seriously considering getting up out of my recliner so I could literally give myself a good sound thrashing for not making this one of my yearly Halloween go to films!
I'm not one of those folks that wishes they could be a kid again. I'm just fine with being my own person! But I DO miss how I used to look at the world with the wonder and the awe of a child!
Steven Spielberg's films…
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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…
I’ll probably get a lot of backlash for this, but I wasn’t really a huge fan of Poltergeist. I know many consider it to be a classic in the horror genre and some have even regarded this as the scariest movie of all time, but I simply can’t find the appeal. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it hasn’t aged well or that countless horror films since have imitated it, but I found it rather predictable and silly at times. The movie does begin by setting up the characters in an interesting way (this is where Spielberg’s influence as a producer is felt), but once the horror elements begin to take center stage I felt…
This is perhaps one of the best easy-access horror films ever made. While it never gets really scary, it does have a sense of eeriness and looming threat that makes it a riveting viewing experience.
The child's perspective betrays Spielberg's involvement, but he puts it to good use. Child involvement in horror films has been done so many times, but here the child represents a kind of innocence, whereas they usually are treated as the source of evil in films of this irk. And little Carol Anne has become nothing short of iconic.
It is by no means a perfect film, but certain scenes and sequences are simply engraved in a collective psyche of people who watched it back in…
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On paper, this movie could use a remake. It's phenomenal, but it's aged poorly. Questionable special effects and outdated fashion/decor keep it stuck at the beginning of the 80's. It'd just be better if someone good made the remake.
Anyway, on to this movie. It's been a long time since I've seen it, so things were a little foggy. It jumps right into the plot, which I didn't remember being the case. It takes its time in dolling out the scares, but it never drags. The third act is where it really shines, when Jerry Goldsmith's all ready impressive score hits a new level of theatricality, and everything builds to a huge crescendo.
There's some holes here and there (how could you not dig up the graves when laying the foundation for the homes?), built it's still a prime example of the supernatural-horror genre.
The first movie that ever scared me.
this film had a couple of chilling moments but was overall less eerie than i had hoped. regardless, a great film from the 80s that definitely set several precedents for contemporary horror.
This movie depresses me. Not the actual movie, part of the movie, mind you, but the special effects. Most of the story is really clever and suspenseful. But what ruins this movie for me is the special effect. I know that you have to keep the year the movie was released while watching it so you don't form any bias opinions about the effects, but MAN, the effects in this movie have not aged well at all. Still, this is better than most horror movies today. At least they TRIED while making this movie.
Poltergeist is a fun thriller film with memorable characters and scenes.
Three things became immediately obvious to me whilst watching Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist", a 1982 genre classic.
First of all, it is undeniable how much this film owes to William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" even though it stays closer to the genre and doesn't veer towards the faux documentarian realism that made Friedkin's masterpiece so unforgettable.
Secondly, I was shocked to realise how much the entire new wave of haunted house horror owes to "Poltergeist" itself. I guess, I have only myself to blame for not having sat down with this film earlier on in my life, but I was simply dumbfounded at how far modern genre directors are willing to go in terms of inspiration. "The Conjuring", "Insidious", "Paranormal activity", "The…
Still scarier than The Gallows
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I hate that clown.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).