All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, (JoBeth Williams) and their three children, Dana (Dominique Dunne), Robbie (Oliver Robins), and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), 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 (Beatrice Straight) 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…
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…
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…
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…
2 spooky 4 me.
I love this movie but time has not been kind to the cgi. At this point Poltergeist is about as scary as Ghostbusters. There's a few jump scares but by today's standards it's pretty tame. Luckily it is one of the best written horror movies. Steven Spielberg on the writing, but his style definitely made it's way on screen. Even though it's be emulated/parodied a million times, and it's dated, it still feels fresh.
man , this movie can really get to a man. I know I've seen a good tense movie when my lip is bitten to shit.
Poltergeist is almost like the Die Hard of ghost movies. Everyone is thinking 'Joe the fuck are you talking about?' but hear me out!
Every genre has a movie that just goes all out and rips your balls off , yet still manages to feel so sentimental and warm.
Poltergeist is that movie , The hauntings are taken to that die hard level , the right pacing , the right music , the right ambience , everything works. But its also packed full of some of the most subtly heart warming scenes I've ever seen…
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When it comes to the story of the making of this movie and who actually directed it, we may never know the truth. Whoever it was did a hell of a job, though.
Poltergeist feels almost like E.T. for adults, thanks to a script co-written by Steven Spielberg, which presents the adult characters played by JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson as flawed humans, as awed by the events occurring in their house as their children are.
This was probably enjoyable seen in 1982, by someone with a modicum of appreciation for the Spielberg sensibility. Alas, neither of those criteria were met in my viewing.
A horror movie that is as relevant to motion pictures as some of the finest Oscar winners. Poltergeist is my favorite horror movie of all time. The special effects are incredible, especially during a time when computers weren't even an option. The performances are incredibly chilling. Hooper and Spielberg made for an explosive film collaboration. Jerry Goldsmith's score is also amazing, that theme will always give me goosebumps.
scary movie 2 finally makes sense to me
Vēl viena filma no melnbalto-nelegālo-videoseansu laikiem tālajos 80os. Visspilgtāk atmiņā palicis kadrs, kur mazā mietenīte blenž tv ekrānā kurā tas white-noise vai kā to pareizi sauc.
Tad nu pirms jaunās versijas atsvaidzinu zināšanas ar orģinālu. Jāsaka, ka kopš tiem videoseansu laikiem šo vairs skatījies nebiju.
Nekādas nostaļģijas vai siltās atmiņas par šo man nav.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).