All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, 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 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…
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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…
Eleventh watch of Hoop-Tober 2.0. Why on earth would you, as a parent, after having just retrieved your kid daughter from the kingdom of the death where she was taken to by some unholy spirit, stay a second longer than strictly necessary in the house in which this spooky business took place - let alone decide to spend the night there again. It’s asking for trouble if you ask me. Exactly, I don’t see why you would even consider staying in a house where furniture inexplicitly starts moving by itself and where stuff starts flying around. And although I for one don’t suffer from coulrophobia, that clown figure is still creepy as fuck and you must be insane to put…
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…
Ich sag es mal nett: An dem hat schon gewaltig der Zahn der Zeit genagt und man merkt irgendwie, dass Hooper nicht mehr als die Marionette von Steven Spielberg war, denn der Film trägt ganz und ganz seine Handschrift. Aber einige Tricks sind noch heute eindrucksvoll anzuschauen.
A Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic, Poltergeist is a film that I've put off watching for a watching for a while now. While I'm generally not a huge fan of Spielberg films, this one is one that I can appreciate for it's impact on pop culture. The story holds water and the writing is quite clear. Some of the big twists are very cleverly hinted to, with the two scenes of the death of the bird and it's subsequent unearthing being quite cleverly done. The effects are top notch for the time period, although I couldn't help laughing at the first sight of the items spinning around the bedroom.
However, for all of it's pros, there are some cons to the…
Though technically accomplished, I imagine it's probably easy for some to scoff at the effects on display in 1982's Poltergeist. But to do so would be to miss the point of just how influential and groundbreaking this film is, and to further miss out on the film's key ingredients of heart, character, quirkiness, inventiveness and humour alongside the scares. Unfortunately it is these ingredients that the horror films that came after Poltergeist, the horror films of today, largely miss and that's why this is still an accomplished and superior production.
PS, poor little Robbie. As a grown up now I bet he's seriously pissed he lost all his Star Wars merch.
the obvious comparison here is that this is the INSIDIOUS of the Spielberg era, but that feels reprehensible to say, not only because Wan drew blatant inspiration from this, but even more so because I find Wan’s work to be far more effective. that signature Spielberg magic is all-embracing here, counterbalancing any sense of dread conjured up predominantly by what is, unequivocally, the most exceptional aspect of the film: the revolutionary fusion of practical and digital effects.
I like this movie not because the 'special effects' are ok, but Craig T. Nelson is great and the whole picture is filmed in a suburbian area, which is perfect!
Ok you have to have a lot of imagination but the movie feels ok from the beginning. It was huge success in the States too!
I like the sequence where the parents smoke some shit in their bedroom!
I've only actually seen this for the first time last year (or the beginning of this year) and it has become one of my all time favourite films.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Holds up way better than I expected.
The first thing you notice is the beautiful score done by Jerry Goldsmith. The main theme is great in setting the family. It's warm, a bit uplifting and gives you a familiar feeling. Thats needed because we don't get much character introduction. You get smacked in the middle of this family and you don't miss the intro's. As the movie progresses, stranger things are starting to happen. In the beginning it's a bit harmless but gets more and more harmfull. Up to a point where Carol-Ann is sucked into the other side. There the movie takes a new turn and introduces the paranormal into the movie. Great choice. These are some of the best moment of spookyness in the movie.…
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).