All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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…
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…
One of the great films about a Family and how their ideals subvert and reinforce our own personal experiences. Not every suburban parental unit smokes weed, but Hooper exemplifies a sparkle of individuality and character within each person in spite of the houses lining up like clones with a master bedroom. Poltergeist is a study into the familial; devotion across boundaries, sympathy across portals and dimensions. The Freeling household is one of many in the cul-de-sac infested curves along the side streets of Americana, but Hooper reveals how the 2 parent/3 children/1 dog dynamic resonates into the night, long past the Star Spangled Banner cutting out into agonizing static. This is oddly a sci-fi tale in many aspects, juggling…
Poltergeist is a movie about real mom shit. Stepping on toys that you asked your kid to pick up and put away 100 times. Cradling your son and telling him everything is going to be okay on a sofa in the dead of night. Following your daughter into an unknown hell to save her from the bad influences of ghosts. Ya know. Just everyday mom shit.
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…
As a movie on the supernatural, given a young audience, it was okay. As a horror movie, it was meh.
La gran pesadilla americana.
Classic, influential horror with a message, mixed with some genuinely spooky moments. I didn't expect the false ending, which was a delight.
While the middle sags a bit, the fantastic first act is absolutely timeless and the finale is just batshit crazy. An understandable classic.
Despite a few minor pacing problems, Poltergeist is an absolutely incredible experience. This movie made my jaw literally drop in ways that modern movies rarely do, especially with the dream sequence with the guy in a bathroom and the final rescue scene with the blue light and the silhouettes and the kiss. Also, ya gotta love (or hate... I guess?) casual 80s sexism.
Great effects (the stick walker demon, the floating skull, the gaping maw of Hell...) and Zelba Rubenstein for the win. That white noise epilipsy scene was great too.
And boy, Craig T. Nelson sure was dreamy back then.
Very good early paranormal
Steven Spielberg's suburban gothic about a family besieged by nasty, prankish ghosts is no more than an entertaining hash designed to spook you. It's THE EXORCIST without morbidity, or, more exactly, it's THE AMITYVILLE HORROR done with insouciance and high-toned special effects. Because Spielberg is a dedicated craftsman and a wit, he can make a much better low-grade, adolescent entertainment than most directors. But he isn't really thinking in this film--he's just throwing ideas and effects at us, and there's no rationale for the forms that the poltergeists (there seem to be multitudes of them) take on or for what they do. If the picture succeeds to a degree, it's because of the warmth of the family itself in its…
What I consider to be one of the greatest films in the horror genre of all time. I re-watch this every year. The acting is so thoughtful and believable. I love the sensitivity shared between the mother and the medium. I thought it was a very sweet touch, and is actually my favorite aspect/relationship in this movie. While this is obviously a spectral, haunted house type movie, I find it to be very whimsical and fantastic as well.
there's a thing where you adds 'in my ass' to the end of a movie title, so here are some…