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…
Why are there no inverted commas around Tobe Hooper's name in the credits here?
Oh come on. If Tobe Hooper directed this then I'm Batman. I'm not saying that it's completely lacking in Hooper touches. The bit with the meat especially stands out in that regard, but this could not have been more obviously a Steven Spielberg film if it tried.
And I'm absolutely fine with that because I love many of Spielberg's films and I've really quite liked about two of Hooper's. My conclusion being that I'm glad that it's got Spielberg's paws all over it because it probably wouldn't have been nearly as good otherwise. Even so, they might…
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…
Despite its thin layer of cheese & dated special effects, Poltergeist evokes the viewer's imagination and essentially reworks the formula from The Exorcist to produce a friendlier and more mainstream version of Friedkin’s masterpiece.
Set in the brand new suburban residential development of Cuesta Verde, Poltergeist introduces us to the Freelings, a typical middle-class American family whose five-year-old daughter begins to wake up in the middle of the night to voices that she hears from the television static. Soon thereafter, a supernatural presence is felt in the house, as objects begin to move by themselves and other strange things begin to happen. The paranormal activity grows more and more sinister, and when she is taken by the…
Steven and Diane Freeling and their children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, live in Cuesta Verde Estates, a massive neighborhood of nice, affordable, lookalike houses developed by the company Steven works for. They are a typical American Spielberg family, with squabbling but basically good kids, laid back parents who trust the kids to not get into too much trouble, and a big happy dog.
They have everything they could want in life, but it all takes a turn when they start to experience some paranormal activity (yeah, I know) in the house. At first it's exciting and fun, with a supernatural force that pulls objects across the kitchen floor in a predictable way and some objects moving on their own.…
This was probably one of the most purely entertaining horror films I have ever seen. It wasn’t really scary at all, especially with some of the terribly fake looking effects, but it did manage to be very creepy and keep you in suspense. Apart from the subject matter it really didn’t feel like a horror film at all. It was much more like a sci-fi movie that just happened to be about ghosts. I really liked that this story which generality would be considered horror was presented in a different style and of course being from the 80’s it was a very fun watch.
Watched at midnight, so had a little trouble sticking with this one. All the classic moments hold up and the ending is basically perfect. The biggest flaw may be the nonsense plot which oscillates between "Stay away from the light!" and "Go towards the light!" until the movie just kind of throws its hands up and ends it. Not a big issue, but something that it seems it would have been easy to fix.
31 DAYS OF HORROR: Day 21
I'm not here to argue about who actually did the bulk of the direction on this film, but I think we can all agree that Spielberg was at the top of his game when he was shoving, playfully morbid, PG rated kiddie horror up the stuffy asses of those who who rule Hollywood. Largely inspired by the seminal Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost", Spielberg proceeds to raise the stakes ( & the steaks!) to the most ludicrously entertaining, technically innovative point of spectral mayhem possible- ending up with basically THE most definitive haunted house film. Most horror films have that "one scene" that they're remembered for. Poltergeist is a goddamned smorgasbord of ghostly delights:…
The second of our ladies' horror film fest (Mom, daughter Hannah, and me). This did not age as well as one could have hoped for. As my mother said, it came off as a combination of ET and a horror movie. It was a bit slow in the story telling and as a look back at that particular style I could appreciate it. However, the second ending was too much and I wish they'd have wrapped it up more quickly.
Good classic horror, not my favourite of the horror genre, but still hugely entertaining as a whole.
A movie that really keeps you on the edge of your seat, never too sure what to expect, what is going to happen next, it keeps you guessing.
A good ghost/supernatural story, one that never gets too violent, but can still make you jump out of your seat.
The pace keeps the viewer invested in the story, the movie takes a while to hook you in, and once it does, you can't turn away as it speeds through to it's conclusion.
A fun ride.
The poster says "It knows what scares you" and after watching the film, oh boy does it ever.
Pretty decent haunted house movie with some really great practicle effects. It's not going to scare adults, but it's something scary enough to watch with kids without giving them nightmares of being murdered by a chainsaw. And there is lots of goop and skeletons!
This is a rare flick to have happen. Its got the balls and ideas of an indie horror movie with the production values and flare of a Hollywood blockbuster. Its the best of both worlds between Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg. And its awesome.
To me this movie will always be cozy. Something about it always relaxes me which is probably the opposite of what its trying to do but I've been watching it since I was a kid. To my friends who hadn't seen it however it was a surprisingly effective spook show. But I guess that's to be expected when a guy starts ripping off his own face and a clown disappears from its rocking chair across the…
I really like this movie, there are many different visuals that are very terrifying and makes you want to keep watching. There can be some parts that you can tell that it is a few decades old, but that does not really take away from the terror that the family is going through.
One of the thinks that I really like is how there are a few scenes that the movie kind of pokes fun at itself and keeps the movie entertaining and not just a depressing movie with a haunted house and a lost daughter. Poltergeist is a great fun Halloween movie that is good to go back to every year.
- 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).