The 1980's manifested the peak of Capitalist Realist Horror Satire, an inversion of 1950's fears of Communist Mind control, relocated…
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…
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…
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…
"All are welcome. All welcome."
An emotional and harrowing journey in the sublime monotony of the American suburbs, Tobe Hooper's cursed critique of the reservation system, corporate greed, and limits of scientific inquiry coalesces into a creatively coherent horror masterpiece. Barred from directing anything before E.T., producer and story author Steven Spielberg is often cited as the de-facto director. While this is apparent in scenes such as the classic 'Spielberg Oner' (Human Face of Wonder), I still saw plenty of Hooper in the film.
Can't wait to check out 'Lifeforce'
The Spielberg charms abound. Still a fun movie to watch, and I still know the best lines. Not nearly as scary as when I was a kid, but the spectacle still works. GREAT performance by JoBeth Williams, supported well by Greg T. Nelson and Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh.
weirdly enjoyed this. I thought it was corny but a lot of fun to watch. basically about a suburban family discover that their home is at the heart of paranormal activities. ultimately it was an exciting film that had a happy ending. was predictable at points but....
I forgot how bat-shit FUCKIN' crazy this film was!
I find that I love this film more and more each time I watch it. It definitely has an unsettling charm about it... It feels too 'real'; and when I say 'real', I don't mean the look or the story 'real', but more like the core feeling of not-knowing-what-to-do 'real'. I thinks that's what really makes the movie kinda scary. Plus, the fact that they based the majority of the movie on real occurrences that happened to people who thought they where haunted, makes it all the better. It's a delight, it's almost like the ghost version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
I also love the special effects (except…
Too much Spielberg, too little Hooper.
This was the first horror movie I ever saw. Needless to say, I fucking hate clowns and dolls still to this day. The suspense and build up in what comes next from scene to scene was epic. I even rewatched the film, just to see how it faired years later. That friggin bedroom scene...fuckin clown!
It was all well and good, but the problem with having a horror movie that is close to two hours long was that by the time we got to the fireworks factory I had pretty much lost interest.
Poltergeist is one of those films that has something rattling around in its mind that it's not fully intent on wanting to show you. Of course it's a horror film at its core and that's something it's sure of, and it's a hell of a darn good one at that, but l'll elaborate on that shortly. Poltergeist wants much more than to be just a horror film but it never figures out how to clearly and subversively say it. It's all very jumbled and only comes together in brief moments that make you believe that it'll end in some grand defining statement but it doesn't. Flashes of themes of consumerism and the shadier side of the ideological suburban lifestyle are…
Pretty good haunting story. Scary as all hell when I was a kid back in 1982 when this film first came out - fond memories. Today I get a chuckle out of it and I find some of it still a bit on the scary side.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…