All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Life is very pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. It starts with just an odd occurrence or two, but soon their house is transformed into a swirling supernatural sideshow. The forces at work are anything but friendly, and if the luckless Freelings don't clear out soon, they'll all be swept off into nightmarish chaos!
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.
This viewing is long overdue! Too much time has passed by so I remedied the situation and streamed this puppy on the ole big screen.
A short time in and I was bowled over as if it had been my first time. I was seriously considering getting up out of my recliner so I could literally give myself a good sound thrashing for not making this one of my yearly Halloween go to films!
I'm not one of those folks that wishes they could be a kid again. I'm just fine with being my own person! But I DO miss how I used to look at the world with the wonder and the awe of a child!
Steven Spielberg's films…
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…
The great "horror film for beginners" is much more terrifying on the big screen, and also a hell of a lot more fun.
This is an effective little ghost movie that delivers some frights, but really thrives in its iconic imagery and trademark Spielbergian wonder. It's the classic haunting flick for the 80's. The effects are the real stars of the show, as they blend visual effects with really impressive practical effects. Not too scary, but suspenseful enough to keep you invested. It's a classic movie that works great with crowds and as a gateway film to supernatural horror.
YOU GUYS SHOULD NOT HAVE FUCKED WITH THE INDIANS!
Bearing this internal content Poltergeist won't let you rest.
In a frenetic rhythm that last until the final moments the movie blends a more childish approach along with spirit sciences theories truly messing to your (un)beliefs.
Watching it totally clueless of whats to come I expected some real scary stuff in the (double-meaning) screen and was surprised by a - let's say - serious way to deal with supernatural phenomenon.
So I would say it's totally not a movie to scary or provides shivers but, at least mainly, shows us with firmness that there's plenty unknown and inexplicable stuffs in the world which we simply can't see due a natural view…
Overlong infomercial on the dangers of watching too much television.
What I love about Poltergeist is how it doesn’t fit neatly into any one box. It’s not consistently spooky enough to be a straight horror film. It shows moments of sentimentality that wouldn’t be out of place in a kid’s film. Then it follows them up with some of the most disturbing images I’ve ever seen. It’s a very seventies film. It’s a sweet, touching film. It’s a film with a surprising amount of depth.
But most importantly, it’s a horror film that ends on a joke. How rare is that?
I love it.
"Reach back into our past, when you had an open mind. Remember that?"
it was a little goofy but overall pretty okay
I'm 99.9% sure this is a Spielberg directed movie! Seriously, Tobe Hooper only ever made one good film unless you count this, and that was 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'. The second one is fun enough but lets be honest, its something of a bag of shite. The styles between this and Massacre are polar opposites. Seriously, they are NOTHING alike. Where as this movie just gives off Spielberg. It just throws Spielberg at the screen. PLUS, i refuse to believe Tobe Hooper who said the recent 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' was a great film, could even have made this masterpiece. Maybe i'm just being a cunt, but i think Hooper must have just got lucky with Chain Saw. OH and Salems…
I don't care what anyone says, I really like poltergeist. There's something about it, that makes me want to come back for more. (Not the sequels though).
It just seems everytime I sit down and watch it, I forget a few scenes, that I can't remember. That's probably why I go back for more. They say Steven Spielburg took over from Tobe Hooper directing, half way through making this. And I can tell there's some of his touches in there definitely.
All in all a good little film, that always has the replayability factor. That's why I give it a 3.5* ENJOY !!
- 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).