All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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 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…
Was not as scary as I thought it would be. Still holds up though. Technology sucks?
What can I say about this film! Love it. Dated as hell but damn I love it!
Às vezes é bem complicado analisar uma obra tão presa tecnicamente e conceitualmente à época em que foi lançada, e esse Poltergeist deixa bem claro que muitos conceitos utilizados pelo diretor Tobe Hooper dependiam excessivamente dos efeitos visuais, hoje consideravelmente ultrapassados, principalmente em um terror que não preza pela sutileza. Com tudo, Poltergeist reúne uma das maiores cenas de terror – a falecida atriz Heather O’ Rourke olhando para a estática de sua TV com as mãos na tela – e o interessante roteiro de Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais e Mark Victor é base para construção de um cenário tenso, momentos icônicos e interessantes escolhas visuais do diretor.
It dawned on me last night as I was re-watching Poltergeist, that I had never actually seen it before. It's just one of those movies that had such an impact on pop-culture, that I assumed I'd watched it at some point.
It's easy to see the impact this had on horror movies that came after it, but I found the movie itself to be a bit of a mess. A lot of good ideas, that don't necessarily work well together, along with some pacing issues and that 80's movie staple, brutal child actors. Also a lot more comedy than I was expecting, which really destroys any possible tension.
Fuck that clown though. Putting that in a kids bedroom should count as child abuse.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Naturally, it is a bit dated, but still fine working 80's horror movie. The effects were good considering it's from 1982. This didn't really scare me anymore like it did when I last time saw this, I think I was about 9 years old then. It was really scary back then. I didn't expect this to be scary anymore but I was surprised that it actually still had few scary moments. I liked that the family felt like it was a real family, all of them felt very natural. I could recommend this to the fans of (80's) horror movies, if you just don't mind it's very spielbergy.
This movie also had some humour. I liked the scene where that…
Mal ganz abgesehen von all den behind-the-screen-Querelen zwischen Produzent und Drehbuchautor Steven Spielberg und Nenn-Regisseur Tobe Hooper und dem sogenannten „Poltergeist-Fluch“, der sich nach dem Tod von insgesamt vier DarstellerInnen aus diesem und dem zweiten Teil in den Medien einnistete, ist "Poltergeist" ein in Würde gealterter Film. Die atmosphärische Färbung des Ganzen klafft manchmal etwas auseinander, womöglich aufgrund der unterschiedlichen Arbeitsweisen von Spielberg und Hooper. So ist "Poltergeist" letztlich sehr viel mehr ein „typischer“ Spielberg-Film denn ein Hooper-Film – zumal ein Film vom Regisseur von "Blutgericht in Texas" wohl kaum mit der Freigabe PG machbar gewesen wäre (in Deutschland ist der Film sehr viel sinniger ab 16 freigegeben – PG entspricht in etwa der deutschen Freigabe ab 6). "Poltergeist" ist in erster Linie perfekt inszeniertes Unterhaltungs- und Effektkino.
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).