All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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!
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…
This is an iconic film from my youth, one that inspired me to love film and scared the crap out of me. It's a movie that gave me nightmares as a kid.
Settling in to start this movie, I realized that the concept of television turning off for the night is probably completely lost to a youthful viewer today. Would the snow that was common of television station late into the night be apparent to a viewer accustomed to hundreds of 24 hour channels? The Star-Spangled Banner would play, and the "end of television" for that day would begin.
From the beginning I will go straight to the end. The poltergeist itself is a result of building the home on…
Poltergeist is an excellent piece of work by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg. Why do I mention both? Because its pretty clear that Spielberg owned this movie, and every other film project in the 1980s. Although, that aspect never bothered me, because otherwise we would have a much different film. Maybe it would've been better, or scarier, or darker than our Poltergeist, but it probably wouldn't feel nearly as complete.
From the looming and stalking camera to Jerry Goldsmith's incredible score, the technical credits of Poltergeist are sublime. Simply a classy piece of work from beginning to end, the film feels more like a drama with many horrific elements; never siding on the horror or characters for too long. It…
There is still an awe-factor to watching this film 30 years later. It's pure Spielberg, and Spielberg was at his zenith of power in 1982, so his fingerprints are everywhere to be found. His first concern is wowing you, and he brings the thunder, defining 80s supernatural horror with dozens of iconic moments. It's fun to imagine how radically different it certainly would have been had it been only Tobe Hooper involved, or solely directed by Spielberg himself. The blended result doesn't feel like a compromise, but a ghost story full of ridiculous imagery, and often to its detriment. It's not the special effects, I think they hold up very charmingly. The execution of some of the haunting moments feel…
That fucking clown, man. Every goddamn time.
Rightfully a classic. Follows one of the basic horror rules, that you need to care about your characters in order to actually feel any chills or emotional effect. The family dynamic is beautifully introduced without making you cringe and the effects are still very interesting.
You can still see the innovation in scares reverberating through horror cinema, as recent horror greats like Insidious or The Conjuring still crib from the essence laid out here. Which is not to say either of those two named are bad movies, just that essentially they work with ideas that were introduced (and for the time perfect) here.
Every movie should aspire to have a shot as good as the chair trick.
For lovers of dark or gory horror films this may not work so well, Spielberg takes more of a lighter supernatural fantasy tone for the story which may seem a bit too hokey in places for certain viewers. The film works for what it is though and most of the time its an entertaining ride with a couple creepy moments and some well executed momentum.
Lacks the chill and haunting directorial touches of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and is muzzled by a Disney-like demeanour (probably no thanks to Spielberg's influence on the script). Despite this, the film manages to find its feet in the final third, pulling off the metaphysical aspects of its story in a manner that Insidious could not emulate.
According to my seven year old niece, this isn't quite as scary as Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
This is the best film of Tobe Hooper in my opinion, but it looks more like a Spielberg work, who is the producer.
Poltergeist is a roller coaster of terror that catches fire when Carol Anne is captured by poltergeists and can only communicates with her parents through the TV off the air. Spawned two inferior sequels.
One of my top 10 favorite horror movies. This movie is a classic and perfect for parents to introduce the genre of horror to interested kids. I would never force anyone to watch a movie they did not want to see but if kids are interested in horror then this, along wiith old standards The Mummy and Frankenstein, is a great place to start.
Dieser Film war dafür verantwortlich, dass ich ca. 8 Jahre ab dem 8. Lebensjahr keine Horrorfilme im TV sehen konnte. Jetzt nach 18 Jahren aber immer noch ein sehr gruseliger Film.
- 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).