Alternatives to Sight and Sound's Top 250 Films of All Time list named by /r/truefilm's community. With notes. Inspired by…
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…
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…
Soooooooooooo, umm.........okay, little story to WHY I'm counting this as a Spielberg movie on this Marathon. See, I was originally going to let this (And next Friday's review) off since technically speaking this and "Twilight Zone: The Movie" aren't Spielberg films in the same way that many others have been.
But, due to a poll I did on Twitter to see if I should include these into this Marathon, everyone voted yes so I figured I might as well. And erm, let me explain something about this as well. See, a LOT of people have claimed and even have proof that Spielberg was the real director behind most of this film and had Tobe Hooper directed SOME of the more…
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…
saw this movie on tv surprisingly and i thought very well of it even though i am not very impressed by movies made in the 80s
i think its a creppy and classic horror icon made by Steven Spielberg
Still a wonderful film after all these years, even if some elements like the tree & the clown aren't quite as spooky as they seemed when I first saw this sometime in the '80's. Given that Heather O'Rourke was only 4 months older than me, it makes me wonder what it would've been like to see this in 1982 at the age of 6. It often makes for a more engaging experience when you're the same age as the central protagonist.
As for the whole Hooper/Spielberg thing, having now seen all of Tobe Hooper's films leading up to Poltergeist, it seems pretty clear that Hooper directed the film. Just in the mood of the scarier scenes, the way the characters react…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I didn't rewatch this but I just wanted to write a few comments on the final shot: the flickering of the television set from inside the hotel room is a representation of Hooper's form [exemplified by the flickering ramshackle nature of the final act], this television thrown out of the hotel room - as it impedes upon Spielberg's contradictory urban Americana. The television is thrown out onto the balcony and it illuminates the darkness, forging a new combined goal: clarity, precision, connection and intimacy. This is a beautiful film that fights for interconnection, Hooper struggling to assert dominance over the film throughout the entire runtime (Spielberg's screenplay is potent and strong but this is certainly Hooper's film) finding that perfect duality in the final moments, at peace with himself once more.
Sucked me in and blew me away.
One of the most approachable horror films of all time, it's not perfect but it blends heart, horror, and humor; and none of the subsequent sequels were able to balance this as well as the first film.
It's really great when people have the guts to have fun with a genre, it's even better when they nail it.
Put simply, it's very enjoyable for reasons other than it being a horror. It's comedy is smart, the way they exaggerate cliches is excellent.
Also i must say it holds up quite well in terms of effects. Practical effects hold up for most of the shots, and if you've seen the film you know which one doesn't.
The computer effects are better than some today, and by some I mean the really lazy film makers and special effects artists who just don't care about effort.
Really enjoyed this one, will definitely watch again in good time.
YOU ONLY MOVED THE HEADSTONES
This is not a Steven Spielberg film.
I am always incredibly lonely watching this film, disgust rising at American comfort, anger at suburbia and complacency at the hands of bourgeoisie media, evil entities from outside simply bring discomfort and activity, our forced empathy lies away from the cloying and stereotypically conservative happy-US-family, violence as the only response to fear and anger as the only response to opinions and beliefs that challenge our own. The face of capitalism is plastered across the screen and our protagonist is drawn closer and closer toward Hell because the suburban utopia she inhabits is incomprehensibly more harmful. Hooper leaves no room for complacency, for his call to arms is urgent: we must fight back against…
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…