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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…
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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…
Poltergeists were the cause of the 2008 housing crisis.
Imagine being over the age of 12 and pretending to find this movie scary and/or good.
This has aged poorly
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Would of loved it even more if Spielberg left to alone and let Tobe Hooper do his thing. Yes I wanted a darker movie, from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre days. Tobe would've been able to executed his vision without being a E.T influenced Poltergeist.
Imagine the movie had been darker and less melodramatic, now that I would've loved to see..
Campy, 80s paranormal horror. Very fun.
Not sure how I just now saw this as a horror fan but better late than never, or something like that.
My first viewing of the remake earlier this year didn't give me high hopes for this, but there was a lot of fun to be had. It's nice to see a horror film that's more lighthearted (in context of the genre at least) as a whole once in awhile. Some horror stuff can end up feeling really mean spirited and can get exhausting after a bit. This definitely stands out as a break from all of that.
I've seen it mentioned before in other reviews on here but wanted to point out how much I enjoyed the ending sequences. Points for not only refusing to wind down when I was expecting it to, but also turning the intensity up even more.
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Possibly the best cinematic example of "saving the best for last" I've seen yet. Up until the first climax, Poltergeist hovers between PG-13 scares and pedestrian humor, although a few moments of both surpassed my expectations (Heather O'Rourke's little fingers bending the metal of her headboard as she's sucked into the closet portal made my hair stand on end, and I laughed out loud when the coffee pot scoots across the kitchen table). Not bad, just generally middle-of-the-road.
I did not expect what came after the first climax / supposed resolution; like the Freeling family, I assumed that the intervention of professionals had made their home clean. The finale, all mud and rotting flesh, almost makes up for the previous restraint.
My least favorite aspect: Jerry Goldsmith's incredibly obnoxious score. Like in Ju-On: The Curse, silence or diegetic sound pairs well with dread in the right circumstance, and an overinsistent soundtrack spoils the mood.
Although there is a dated quality to the movie, I enjoyed it and was effectively freaked out by some of the horror aspects. It was a cool collaboration with Spielberg and Hooper, and you could definitely see both styles at play throughout the movie. Also, I don't get freaked out by clowns, but this one is scary as shit.