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Old 07-26-2005, 01:33 AM   #1
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Poltergeist

Amazingly enough, while there were a lot of threads mentioning Poltergeist , there wasn't one dedicated solely to the movie and what people thought (at least as far as I could see during a search). So I've created one here.

My Poltergeist Review

First off let me state that unlike a lot of other people my age (26), I had never seen Poltergeist in its entirety until now. Oh, I've seen bits and pieces here and there around Halloween, but I've always resisted watching it on TV (with the obvious commercial breaks and cuts for time and content). I thought the movie was a very solid ghost / haunted house story, and I thought it did a good job of ratcheting up the "fear factor" as the ghosts went from playful to malevolent in a hurry. The acting wasn't great, but it was definitely solid, and the idea behind the movie was a good one. There have been a lot of questions as to how much influence Spielberg (as executive producer and writer of the story and screenplay) had on this movie, and how much (or more precisely how little) Tobe Hooper had. It definitely has the feel of a Spielberg film, and for obvious reasons. It'd be pretty tough for Hooper to NOT make it feel like a Spielberg film, since the screenplay was written by Spielberg. Enough of the background, on to a quick summary. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams play an upper middle class husband and wife happily raising their three children in suburban America. Things seem to go fine at first, but after a storm, little Carol Anne (played beautifully by Heather O'Rourke) announces that now-famous line, "They're heeee-ere", and the weirdness is on. Chairs start stacking themselves and moving around the kitchen, and at first the family is amused. They soon find out that these supposedly playful forces aren't at all what they at first appear to be. One other thing to note is the supposed "curse" on the Poltergeist franchise. Dominique Dunne (who played the oldest daughter Dana Freeling) was strangled to death not too long after the movie came out. Heather O'Rourke died of a bowel obstruction after making the third film (she was only 12), and two actors who appeared in Poltergeist II died after making that movie. I don't really believe in curses, but like The Exorcist before it and stretching back to ancient Egypt, sometimes events make you wonder. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and it is one of the better ghost stories of the past 30 years. While it might not be considered a classic by everyone, it comes awfully close. I'd recommend a buy for Poltergeist, and I'd give it an 8/10.
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Old 07-26-2005, 05:02 AM   #2
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Great film, scared me to death when I was a kid and first saw it.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:22 AM   #3
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Great film, scared me to death when I was a kid and first saw it.
Same here. Shit was going on and all that seeped in to me and I stayed scared for nites afterwards. Now its a bonafide horror classic.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:31 AM   #4
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:55 AM   #6
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A favorite of mine.It was one of the best "audience" horror films I ever saw,people went nuts !Snazzy effects,genuine scares(and a real sense of what frightens children),a memorable score by the late,great Jerry Goldsmith,all elevate it to classic status.One of the films greatest strengths though is that you really cared about the charecters,one of the key weaknesses to a lot of recent films in the genre is a lack of people you genuinely care for.
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Old 07-26-2005, 01:31 PM   #7
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Just watched the entire trilogy at work maybe about a month ago. The original is indeed a classic. I saw more Spielberg than Hooper in the directional style though...maybe its just me.

As a kid, the tree scene is the one that freaked me out more as my bedroom was next to a similar tree outside. thought that f*cker was gonna break through my window & gobble me up whole.

The sequals could not equal the original's quality...part III was probably the worst of the three.
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Old 07-26-2005, 01:43 PM   #8
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Does anybody know about any extras for Poltergeist? I have the disc and it is unfortunately barebones but I can remember back in the 80's watching a documentary on the making of Poltergeist. I really think that if there is one dvd that needs to be redone it is Poltergeist. There has to be footage and stuff floating around out there I mean for godsake its Spielberg. I am hoping they will redo this disc! If you guys like Poltergeist check out a movie called "The Legacy of Hilltop Drive" It is very similar to Poltergeist but a little more realistic and alledgedly based on a true story! It stars David Soul and Patty Duke.
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Old 07-26-2005, 02:34 PM   #9
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There IS more Spielberg than Hooper in the finished film, but I don't know what happened during the shooting. Anyone can shed any light on this?
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Old 07-26-2005, 03:53 PM   #10
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Great movie. Craig T. and Zelda rock! The clown scene was what got to me. My mother had a chld size (24") doll that creeped the hell out of me . Good thing she stored it in my bro's room.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:08 PM   #11
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There IS more Spielberg than Hooper in the finished film, but I don't know what happened during the shooting. Anyone can shed any light on this?

Spielberg wasnt allowed by the studio to do two films at once (I think he was doing ET as well at that time). But he did anyway. Tobe was director in name only. He fetched Steves coffee. One of the reasons you wont see an extra laden special edition.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:10 PM   #12
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Wasn`t a special edition dvd of this due to be put out sometime?
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It's definitely stood the test of time. That clown's still scaring people over 20 years later.
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Wasn`t a special edition dvd of this due to be put out sometime?

Id like a directors commentary.
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It's definitely stood the test of time. That clown's still scaring people over 20 years later.
Not to mention Craig T. Nelson's "Before/After" scene.
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