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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…
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…
I have only previously seen Poltergeist all the way through once, and that was over 15 years ago and I assume on a pan-and-scan VHS tape. The film is deeply ingrained in my experience of growing up in the 80's, but I have no real nostalgia for it. So being able to revisit it now, in its intended format and a super crisp HD stream, was a total revelation.
Firstly, the film looks absolutely amazing. I know everyone claims that Steven Spielberg essentially directed this, but Tobe Hooper's follow-up to this, Lifeforce, also is a fantastic looking movie. So, you know, think about that for a while.
There is no denying that Spielberg's script is what sets Poltergeist apart from…
Rewatched due to the remake coming out- everything in this movie will be attempted to copied including but not limited to: TV static, Furniture moving, dog barking at wall, the closet eating a little girl, clown coming to life, tree eating little boy, guy ripping his own face off, portals.
What won't be copied: Construction workers ogling a 16 year old girl, parents smoking pot in bed, mom birthing daughter at 17 years old, brother and sister sharing a bedroom, invisible rape scene.
This is the scariest PG movie.
"Time for some old school scares..."
Poltergeist, with an entertaining story and some enjoyable performance, was a throw-back to the old TV days of watching Goosebumps. A haunted house with it's inhabitants fighting wicked forces is a cliché nowadays, but considering it's validity on '80s, and the way it is presented, Poltergeist was a brilliant watch.
Poltergeist has a relatively less familiar cast, doing their best as they portrayed the troubled family, and a production that was famous for family movies that dealt with supernatural themes like E.T. Under Spielberg’s control, Tobe Hooper produced a family-friendly horror flick, that can be enjoyed by everyone. Honestly, watching little Heather O’Rourke was itself a treat.
As the reboot is on it's way,…
Maratona de terror!
As a family moves into their new home, they notice strange events that mostly affect their young daughter. - IMDB
It's been a number of weeks since I watched Poltergeist for the first time and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it. So, I'm going to type out this review, then rate it after that (I usually rate it first, then write).
You can most definitely see the Steven Spielberg influence here. Which is something that makes this film a whole lot better than it would have been without him. I can see some similarities Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the way it is structured.
I'd say that it's better than some other films in the horror genre that generally lean on the gore factor. That's the part of the genre that I don't care for. The supernatural element isn't too bad.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I haven't watched Poltergeist since I bought my house back in 2006... that's 9 years now. I wanted to watch a film that's about change, moving into a place that you don't totally know the history of. My home is very old, nearly 100 by city reports. It's had a ton of changes. The entire layout of the house is different, I renovated the bathroom, and I'm currently working to completely change the kitchen.
But Poltergeist is about more than just changing something that wasn't always yours... it's about disrespecting the past and America's history of building on the deaths of millions of native americans. These are themes we've seen in horror before. Many believe that The Shining is actually…
On revisiting this 80s horror by Tobe Hooper or was it Steven Spielberg? That question isn't really all that important as it kind of detracts from the stone cold fact that this is a timeless horror classic, surprised to see just how well this film holds up after all this time. Genuinely scary with Spielberg's fingerprints all over it with the suburban family of the 80's yet I can certainly see some of Tobe Hooper's touch in here also. Like a fine wine - age has treated Poltergeist very well. This feels like a collaboration that for the most part worked very well, with some slight issues with the editing structure but that doesn't take away from what is otherwise a brilliant piece of genre filmmaking.
Shocking, creepy, and endlessly entertaining, Poltergeist is a classic horror film who's scares and sweetness endure the test of time.
Tobe Hooper's horror and Steven Spielberg's humanism work shockingly well together. Horror with heart.
Weird as hell.
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).