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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…
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…
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…
Had to revisit this to spite the remake's release. Still so good. I will also be bold and say JoBeth Williams gives one of the best performances in a horror movie I've ever soon. She's ridiculously good.
"Would y'all mind hanging back? You're jamming my frequencies!"
Definitely wouldn't call it the best horror film of all time, as that title still remains with The Shining, but it is definitely up there.
As dated as it is, it's still pretty frightening. Ashamed that it took me so long to view it! I've been wanting to for a while and I guess this year's remake finally pushed me to do so.
I'd never seen this film before today. I decided to watch it for the first time due to the release of the remake, a film I have no desire to see. Aside from the boxy TV and the decoration style, the 1982 horror film by Tobe Hooper is as relevant today as it could possibly be. The scares are good, even if they have been ripped off dozens of times since. Craig T. Nelson does a fantastic job in one of the best performances of his career. JoBeth Williams does a great job of transforming from amused excitement to abject horror. The practical effects are fun, even if the Ghostbusters-era ghouls are a little cheesy today. This is easily forgiven because the film doesn't pander to the visuals, it works with them.
My only real complaint is that I wish I'd seen it in a theater.
Who would win in a fight between Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper? Probably Steven Spielberg if you believe the tales of creative tug-of-war during the making of their seminal horror Poltergeist. But ignoring all those behind-the-scenes shenanigans and rumours of curses, Poltergeist is still a freaky and fun spook-fest, given extra heart by focusing on the familial dynamic as much as all the noisy ghosts disrupting the innocent Freeling’s TV viewing.
Spielberg’s influence is keenly felt: the 80s suburban setting; the warm chemistry between the Freelings; the naturalism of the talented child actors; making their subsequent plunge into a paranormal nightmare all the more affecting. Gleefully playing on our fears of clowns, crawling steak and our faces melting off –…
I can see why people think this is Spielberg's movie.
I hate that stupid clown and Carol Ann is the creepiest thing in the whole movie.
This week in unnecessary remakes: Poltergeist! With the remake imminent, how well does the original hold up? The Two Cents team weighs in (Spoiler: it's friggin' awesome, obviously).
Two Cents: cinapse.co/2015/05/21/poltergeist-two-cents
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