All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Life is very pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. It starts with just an odd occurrence or two, but soon their house is transformed into a swirling supernatural sideshow. The forces at work are anything but friendly, and if the luckless Freelings don't clear out soon, they'll all be swept off into nightmarish chaos!
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…
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…
Poltergeist is an excellent piece of work by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg. Why do I mention both? Because its pretty clear that Spielberg owned this movie, and every other film project in the 1980s. Although, that aspect never bothered me, because otherwise we would have a much different film. Maybe it would've been better, or scarier, or darker than our Poltergeist, but it probably wouldn't feel nearly as complete.
From the looming and stalking camera to Jerry Goldsmith's incredible score, the technical credits of Poltergeist are sublime. Simply a classy piece of work from beginning to end, the film feels more like a drama with many horrific elements; never siding on the horror or characters for too long. It…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Caught this on TCM. Saw it in its original theatrical release and I remember being very impressed with the special effects. Things have changed in the past 32 years and the effects look dated and a bit old fashioned. But this is still a great and very entertaining film.
Love this film. No matter how many times I watch I just get pulled in and it still creeps me out.
I still enjoy this movie and some of the elements I found creepy when I first saw it, still weird me out. The clown doll, the tree, the face peeling are all eww inducing.
[...] Trotzdem ist er unter verschiedensten Aspekten ein derart fürchterlicher Film (und zwar NICHT im Sinne von “zum Fürchten”), dass es mich einiges an Sitzfleisch, Geduld und Beruhigungsübungen gekostet hat, ihn bis zum Schluss anzusehen. Die Gründe dafür liegen nicht in antiquierten Effekten, oder dass der Film sonst irgendwie unangenehm gealtert ist – vielmehr sind große Teile der Inszenierung einfach haarsträubend umgesetzt, die falschen Schwerpunkte gesetzt und die Mischung aus endloser Langeweile und totalem Overdrive gestaltet die letzte Stunde zur miesen Geduldsübung für die geplagten Nerven. Dabei geht es zunächst unglaublich gut los. [...]
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Spooky Scary Horrorthons - Film #28
The whitest family you've ever seen are living a peaceful life in the American suburbs dealing with regular things such as petty neighbour rivalries and dying pets, until a bunch of pissed off ghosts appear out of nowhere and abducts the youngest daughter of the family. Now they have to get help from a bunch of parapsychologists to get rid of these angry spirits.
The cozy family adventure that is going on before the ghosts appear is quite nice, seeing the family dealing with everday life is quite enjoyable and we are given some time to get to know the entire family before their home gets haunted. except for the teenage girl who is…
Oddly not permitted to watch this as a youngster and then just never got around to it until now. Fun stuff.
I really like this movie. Okay it's not the scariest movie, but there's some very touching scenes played beautifully by JoBeth Williams (where her daughter is alone and scared and mom has nothing she can do; when the daughter is retrieved; and so on), and the whole vibe is almost like a scary ghost version of ET's universe.
Touching, and thrilling.
De tanto ver en Letterboxd reviews de películas de terror y haber leído en este año tres libros del género (El Resplandor, La Casa de Diablo y El Bebé de Rosemary), me han dado ganas locas de ver películas de este tipo. Algo raro y nuevo en mí. Casi no sé nada de esto así que iré viendo las clásicas que me faltan y le subiré a las dosis de horror poco a poco.
En mis criterios de horror, inadecuados seguro, considero que si salen niños entonces no debe ser tan horrible. Entonces quitando todos mis prejuicios, qué bien la pasé viendo Poltergeist. Lo tiene todo y la mamá es hermosa y básicamente una niña irresponsable que la pasa bomba con los espíritus hasta que la cosa se pone fea. Me encanta la combinación comedia/horror. Creo que todos los personajes son encantadores
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).