Release date: June 4, 1982
Director: Tobe Hooper
Craig T. Nelson,
Virginia Kiser and
Who can forget the creepy words of little Carole Freeling "They're here", this from the movie Poltergeist.
A storm erupts, a spooky looking tree, bening utensils, floating corpes and Carol(the daughter) is swept into a different world. There is a darkside that gets discovered and Carol Anne makes contact with an evil sprit. A middle class family has to try and keep it together to save their daughter. What is there to fear its the fear of the unknown and after watching this movie you will wonder alot about the unknown. If a haunting was going to happen, I think this is how it would happen.
A typical middle class family that lives in house that ends up being haunted. We have heard this plot hundreds of times before but this movie is great even as an adult it still me a little. It starts out really amusing for the Freeling Family, the ghost seem to be harmless and only want to "play". The ghost start however; and start to become hostile, playing tricks they want what they came for Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke). Carol Anne has started communicate to the ghosts through the TV.
Director Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre truly outdoes himself with one of the best horror films of the 80's. Poltergeist has everything evil attacking trees, maniacal clowns, cantankerous toys, corpses in the swimming pool, etc.
The fun really begins on the night of a bad thunderstorm. An old tree left in the yard by the builders wants to eat young boy Robbie Freeling (Oliver Robbins). As the family struggles to keep Robbie from becoming tree food, Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) is sucked into another world by poltergeists who want her to lead them to the other side.
The family calls on a group of parapsychologists lead by Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight) who try to capture the ghosts with all of their contraptions. They soon realize that it is time to call in the big guns enter clairvoyant, Tangina Barrons. Thanks to Tangina's help the family free their daughter from the poltergeists and the house is now "clean". But could it really be that easy? To find out you'll have to watch Poltergeist.
Its really something that most of our main characters in the movie are all children, Heather O'Rouke played Carol Anne at 5 years old she was pretty good. Then 8 year old Robbie played by Oliver Robins he was a delight to watch , and the eldest of the child stars is 18 year old Dominique Dunne as Danna. Its also weird that O'Rouke and Dunne both passed away at a young age. There are lots of stories that it was part of a "curse" set on the people who made the film.
The special effects and the music are all perfect to keep you drawn to the movie and then there is the great character roles played perfectly by our great young actors. The music throws in the perfect twist to keep you on the end of your seat and entertained. As for the special effects, you would not think it was the 80s because the effects in the movie are awsome. If its either the script, music or the special effects that does it for you it does not really matter because the movie is a classic horror film, that didn't even have to use blood and gore to make there point(would have been nice though.)
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