Directed By: Tobe Hooper
Written By: Steven Spielberg, Mark Victor and Michael Grais
Starring: Craig T. Nelson; JoBeth Williams
Released: June 1982
The Freeling`s, Steven (Craig T. Nelson) and Diane (JoBeth Williams), move their family to a new sub-division in California. Their youngest of three children, daughter Carol Anne, wakes up one night and starts talking to the T.V. She does so again the next night and is abducted into it by a ghastly apparition. Other incredible supernatural occurrences happen throughout the house and the family fears the worst as young Carol Anne’s voice can be heard emanating through the television set. The Freelings discover that the homes have been built over a cemetery and that they are being tormented by ghouls and ghosts. With the help of a group of Parasychologists and a Spiritual Medium, Steven and Diane hope to get their little girl back and rid the home of it’s uninvited houseguests.
What I love most about this movie, is that it’s fun. Not particularly the scariest of haunted house movies, Poltergeist makes its way into my favorites because there are a lot of fun elements to it:
Little girl gets sucked into a tv; the tree outside of older brother Robbie’s window tries to snatch him up; Tangina the medium is a hoot to watch on the screen; melting faces and objects whizzing through the air as if perpetually stuck in a twister; and portals to and from another dimension. With all that going for it, Poltergeist is definitely a fun horror flick to curl up on the couch with your honey to with a bowl of popcorn. But if the T.V. starts vomitting phantoms at you, it might be best to run out of the house immediately!