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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…
One of my favorite horror movies ever.
The family is what makes this movie great - their reaction to the discovery of the ghosts feels real, their relationships all feel real, and the panic they go through feels real. This definitely has a "Spielberg feeling" to it when it comes to the family unit.
The mother's reaction to Carol-Anne "passing through her" is truly emotional. I tear up every time as she breaks down telling everyone that she felt her pass through her soul.
Gotta love the part near the end where the teenage daughter is freaking the hell out, screaming "What is going on?!?!" in the driveway while everyone is in the car ready to escape - she is pretty annoying in this scene, and without missing a beat, the younger brother shouts for his father to drive away. It's like the son is speaking what we're all thinking - "Leave her! DRIVE AWAY NOW!!!!"
6.8/10 (Tobe Hooper, 1982) [United States]
I've always believed that horror films are a cleansing experience of sorts. That's because they have the greatest capacity to be cathartic - after two hours of pure terror, a single shot to end the film is all that is needed to release all that built up tension. And you know what? The very last shot of "Poltergeist" is incredibly funny.
Tobe Hooper's film (or Steven Spielberg's film, whichever way you want to put it) begins with a shot of a television while the American national anthem plays. That's all it takes to be gripped by it, and the film never lets go until the credits start rolling at its conclusion. The premise is that Carol Anne, the daughter of…
Still great after all these years, if the story's solid and the characters work, the effects can be a little old fashioned but it doesn't matter. Class
La vi en los 80, con toda la libertad que en ese tiempo uno tenía para explorar cintas en vhs. Creo que hasta la pasaron por la televisión abierta. Recuerdo que me asustó montones.
my vhs copy was damaged at the moment where the woman is explaining what the beast is and tht freaked me out a little bit considering the creepy scary shit already surrounding the film
And of cooooourse Sonny Landham is the guy to hit on the 16 year old daughter.
And the guy who rips his own face off starts digging into a stranger's kitchen and decides to cook a steak at 2 am? Whadda dick.
Also never noticed the joke before when the daughter gets dropped off at the end, as she starts screaming you can see a fresh hickey on her neck.
Classic early 80s film directed by Tobe Hooper but with Steven Spielberg's (who wrote and produced) fingerprints all over it stylistically.
It makes a great companion piece to E.T. because of a shared suburban setting and it's supernatural element (E.T. is more sci-fi but you get the idea). Except, instead of a loveable and completely benign alien being, there is a group of vengeful, malicious spirits who terrorise a typical middle class American family.
The film is filled with fantastic cinematography of which the colour and lighting is constantly dynamic and impressive. All of this culminates in some amazing moments of supernatural horror. I really love this film and it still stands out as one of my favourite films of the 80s, highly recommended.
'Poltergeist' is electrifying from start to finish. The film is buzzing with addictively intriguing and curiously entertaining plot points that are some of the best cinema has to offer. Underneath all is a dark joke waiting to crack as the unsettling score reminiscences with classic supernatural horror conventions, contrasting with the stereotypical American home that 'Poltergeist' sets itself. I'm a sucker for practical effects and 'Poltergeist' has a fair astonishing amount of it, that plus the careful attention to the detail in the production design help create the world so distinct yet so relatable.
Above all 'Poltergeist' fortunately falls custom to a simple camp fire ghoul story than some groundbreaking supernatural extravaganza that has been seen before.
Movies that seem to have influenced the phenomenal new Netflix show Stranger Things. A growing list - suggestions are welcome.
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