All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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!
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…
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…
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…
Still great, and it really feels like a Spielberg film, even though I know it's directed by Tobe Hooper. I think they struck just the right balance for a “light” ghost story, with about Indiana Jones-level scariness. Still love it when JoBeth Williams jumps up and down in the kitchen, so excited that this supernatural force is sliding things across her kitchen floor — it’s just infectious.
Haven't seen Poltergiest for years but was prompted to watch it after a mate reviewed it on Failed Critics. Conveniently it was on TV fairly soon after so I gave it a rewatch to see how it held up.
It was actually the first time I'd seen Tobe Hooper's paranormal chiller in yonks. I can't really add anything to what my colleague said; suffice to say, it was decent. Better than I remembered it being, in fact.
To begin with, it was slightly ropey with some dodgy acting and a tone not quite adult, not quite for kids. But it soon found its feet and from about 20 minutes onwards it was a solid enough thriller with some funky effects.…
Watched at home with Robert
First thing's first: is this really where that saying "don't go into the light" comes from? I never would've guessed.
For being considered a classic horror film...this really sucked.
And I'm not just shitting on the early 80s special effects, because I know it's not their fault technology couldn't advance faster. I am referring to the choppy plot progression and horrible acting.
A tree tries to eat a kid in this movie? This is a lone paragraph because I'm just in awe.
It is interesting, at least, to see the "then" from the "then and now" of paranormal movies. In comparison to the modern-day demon-inhabited house premise, 'Poltergeist' is quite different, in an almost laughable way.
When this is just being atmospheric and vague, it's really good. But it's hardly ever that. It gets very literal, overly explain-y, and focuses way too much on Spielberg tone. The final act, where everyone is nonstop hysterical, is horrendous.
The poltergeist more like the crapergeist
Overrated horror movie is ok, forgettable.
sensacional. classico. destaque para a atriz Heather O´Rourke como Carol Anne.
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- 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).