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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…
Suburbia. Where the suburbs meet utopia.
I enjoy being skeptical when it comes to Spielberg. I enjoy my dislike for Jaws. Which I can't believe I'm alone in. The guy's a great filmmaker but he has no limit when it comes to the sap. He poured it on like he thought it was a trend the public would only accept for a year or two. And it gets in the way of him being able to craft credible nightmares. Something I can tell he was never interested in doing. He admired others for being able to do what he could not- plunge people into a completely immersive fearful experience. Which is what Poltergeist does chiefly, in spite of a long…
this isn't just intense real fast, this is a full on death tornado.
1 star for the showdown + the clown
Nearly perfect horror film. Get the Movies Totally Obsessed app to see my fun facts.
Just re-watched this after a long time. I feel like this genre has evolved a lot in the last few decades and looking back, this movie could and probably should have felt more dangerous, but it never really got there for me. It always had a little too much light, a little too little distress that the blonde kid was like- in hell or something. but overall its a well made movie that still holds up pretty well after 34 years of people copying and improving on the format.
7.5/10 for story- i mean, I guess the whole build on a graveyard thing is kind of a trope at this point, but did this movie start it? maybe.
10/10 for product placement. that kid has ALL THE STARWARS TOYS.
"All are welcome. All welcome."
An emotional and harrowing journey in the sublime monotony of the American suburbs, Tobe Hooper's cursed critique of the reservation system, corporate greed, and limits of scientific inquiry coalesces into a creatively coherent horror masterpiece. Barred from directing anything before E.T., producer and story author Steven Spielberg is often cited as the de-facto director. While this is apparent in scenes such as the classic 'Spielberg Oner' (Human Face of Wonder), I still saw plenty of Hooper in the film.
Can't wait to check out 'Lifeforce'
The Spielberg charms abound. Still a fun movie to watch, and I still know the best lines. Not nearly as scary as when I was a kid, but the spectacle still works. GREAT performance by JoBeth Williams, supported well by Greg T. Nelson and Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh.
weirdly enjoyed this. I thought it was corny but a lot of fun to watch. basically about a suburban family discover that their home is at the heart of paranormal activities. ultimately it was an exciting film that had a happy ending. was predictable at points but....
I forgot how bat-shit FUCKIN' crazy this film was!
I find that I love this film more and more each time I watch it. It definitely has an unsettling charm about it... It feels too 'real'; and when I say 'real', I don't mean the look or the story 'real', but more like the core feeling of not-knowing-what-to-do 'real'. I thinks that's what really makes the movie kinda scary. Plus, the fact that they based the majority of the movie on real occurrences that happened to people who thought they where haunted, makes it all the better. It's a delight, it's almost like the ghost version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
I also love the special effects (except…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
What's really going on in that neighbourhood?