A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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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…
I'll admit that this movie was a bit dated and the scares were pretty cheesy, but it was still a well crafted film and I wish Steven Spielberg would explore the horror genre more often as he did with this and Jaws, one of my all time favorites.
I wish Tobe Hooper had been given more to do. Maybe then, I would have been jumping out of my seat. But if you're a Spielberg fan (which I am), you'll love it. It's not as scary as I thought it would be, but it's still a solid, highly enjoyable paranormal family thriller.
"You won't cut me a deal even when I wanna buy in bulk? Fine! I'll dig up my own fuckin' skeletons! For free!"
Horror movie classic from Spielberg and Tobe Hooper. Well done, acted and plain scary!
Movie 20: Poltergeist
Task 28: A classic horror film
Poltergeist is one of those movies I always wanted to see but sometimes I forgot about it, sometimes I wanted to watch other movies and sometimes I did not want to watch Horror at all. Now I have finally seen it and it was a blast. An innovative movie that was often copied in later times (like all the classics). It looks real (mainly because most of it is real and not CGI) and that is something very important most of today's movies do not have. I want to see real effects and monsters and not an animation movie. Poltergeist gave me exactly that and I love it.
Overall rating: 8/10 or 4/5
I had no idea Steven Spielberg wrote or had anything to do with this movie.
Why is it always young blonde girls that are possessed in horror movies (The Bad Seed instantly comes to mind)
That scene with the chairs, you know what I'm talking about was chilling.
Great shots abound in this film!
I have three actors that I always think are Chevy Chase, Craig T. Nelson is one of them so that was very distracting for me. (Personal problem, I know)
This film suffered from major cheese factor because it showed too much, I wish directors had more faith in their audiences and weren't so overt about everything. The best scenes come from what isn't shot…
Properly scared me when i watched some of this in my early/mid-teens. the face melting off, had never seen anything like it before! great 'classic' horror
I really loved this movie. So scary and so much fun. I loved how accepting of the supernatural the characters were. Made it easy to go along with it as well. The scares work so well and the moments between work just as wel. A masterpiece.
This is one of my favourite horror films of all time. Not only is it a perfect narrative with rich subtext, but it has great characterisation, pacing and is heartwarmingly comedic. That's a strange thing to say about a horror film, but it's true. The best way to describe this film is to say it's a family horror movie. It has the veneer of an Exorcist, The Shining or even more recent films such as the Conjuring or Paranormal Activity, but the heart of something like E.T, Hook or Close Encounters... more from:
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