All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
A poltergeist invades a family home. What begins as minor excitement quickly turns into nasty ghostly encounters.
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…
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…
This is an iconic film from my youth, one that inspired me to love film and scared the crap out of me. It's a movie that gave me nightmares as a kid.
Settling in to start this movie, I realized that the concept of television turning off for the night is probably completely lost to a youthful viewer today. Would the snow that was common of television station late into the night be apparent to a viewer accustomed to hundreds of 24 hour channels? The Star-Spangled Banner would play, and the "end of television" for that day would begin.
From the beginning I will go straight to the end. The poltergeist itself is a result of building the home on…
There is still an awe-factor to watching this film 30 years later. It's pure Spielberg, and Spielberg was at his zenith of power in 1982, so his fingerprints are everywhere to be found. His first concern is wowing you, and he brings the thunder, defining 80s supernatural horror with dozens of iconic moments. It's fun to imagine how radically different it certainly would have been had it been only Tobe Hooper involved, or solely directed by Spielberg himself. The blended result doesn't feel like a compromise, but a ghost story full of ridiculous imagery, and often to its detriment. It's not the special effects, I think they hold up very charmingly. The execution of some of the haunting moments feel…
Poltergeist is a classic ghost story that, thanks to a perfect mix of Spielberg and Tobe Hooper, feels much larger in scope than it should while still focusing on the small details of a haunted house tale.
It's full of memorable and now iconic imagery, which along with the generally excellent practical effects and the slow, creeping camerawork make it fantastic visually. It's cut-and-dry haunted house plot would normally be criticised for being cliched, but a) it basically made the cliches, and b) it executes them better than any other similar story I've seen. It's exciting and creepy but never out and out terrifying, making this a widely accessible 'horror film'.
Poltergeist has obviously influenced many films we now see today, and despite not being a perfect film, is a real gem. And for some reason I kept being reminded of 'Aliens' when I watched it?
i really think the most interesting (or one of the most interesting) aspects of the film is that Diane (the mother) was 16 when she had her first child. it's a little detail that informs a ton about her character.
a brilliant film whose influence can be seen throughout the horror genre. no question.
A classic, establishing a number of horror movie clichés. I think it gets a bit too much Spielbergy at the end though (too much loving family stuff for this cynical guy ㋡).
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. I'm actually inclined to blame Spielberg for my misgivings about "Poltergeist" because my biggest issue was that it felt a bit like "E.T." (and I hated "E.T.", even as a child).
Love the "Ghostbusters"-style effects, love the creepiness, but not so keen on the "Close Encounters"-style hippy-logic. Overall I guess this is pretty awesome.
My original review is here:
Reviewed as part of a retrospective here:
Vista a las 11:30 pm a través de Netflix.
A very unique 80's horror movie. The plot was great and the characters are likable for the most part. My biggest complaint is that the ending is way too over the top and kinda unnecessary. Also the amount of product placement in this movie is ridiculous.
I’ll be honest here. I have well over a hundred DVDs that I’m proud to own. But really, they just sit there and collect dust. I am a movie fanatic, but I’m not the type who watches the same movies over and over again. I have thousands of favorite titles, many of which I’ll be more than thrilled to give them a second, maybe a third viewing. But in that vast collection of favorites, there are only a select few titles that I will never tire of watching. If I catch it on TV, I will finish it all the way to the end. If I know it’s on ahead of time, I will DVR it, even though I already…
I've never been too fond on the horror genre. Of course, there are plenty films of the genre that I love, but in general I consider the average horror movie, especially those today, way too clichéd and unoriginal to be interesting. But I'm pleased I finally got to watch this classic because it shows the genre at its best.
Spooky, eerie, and sometimes downright terrifying, it manages to also be tons of fun. Thanks to the assured direction from Spielberg, errrrmm I mean Tobe Hooper, I couldn't have loved Poltergeist more. The camera movements, the atmosphere, the humorous moments, the performances (Heather O'Rourke gives one of the best child performances I've ever seen, and E Buzz is out there as…
One of my all-time favorite horror films. This film is brilliant and if you are too young to have experienced this in a cinema during its first-run, I feel incredibly sorry for you. It played at the Lincoln Theater and for whatever reason I got their a little late, forcing my friend and I sit three rows from the front. Anyone who went to Lincoln's theater back then knows how insane sitting that close to the screen was. I had read about it in Fangoria and was totally jazzed for it. It exceeded my expectations. The audience was terrified. One of my biggest memories was that, during the "clown" scene at the end, a girl in front of us screamed…
The not thing that horror movies consistently fail to deliver on. Yet it's the one thing that makes a horror film fucking outstanding.
Director Tobe Hooper and producer Steven Spielberg build on the restraint of their well written haunted house tale and produce a genuinely terrifying horror movie. It's a film touched by some magical film making craft. The brilliant, and controlled early pacing of the movie in which we get sucked into the everyday portrayal of a normal family really allow us to feel their terror. Even when things get ridiculous we remain firmly rooted to the story.
- 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).