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Poltergeist [1982] [VHS]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2012
When can I start?
I ordered this film on the fact that my girlfriend hadn't seen it and I hadn't watched it for years, and when it arrived I must admit I was quite a bit worried that the film may have become a tad dated, but thankfully that wasn't to be.
Immediately as the film starts you grow to like the family, especially the main character Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), a pretty, sweet, angelic girl who has that lovable 'aaawww' factor. So when her pet bird dies and things start to take a turn for the worse in the household you are instantly enthralled as to what will happen to your new friends, the perfect American family.
At first its fun, the mother (portrayed excellently by Jo Beth Williams) uses this new force as a kind of game, but when she shows the father (Craig T Nelson) the goings on in the kitchen he becomes quite the sceptic, and that's when it starts to go downhill. Objects are moving around, strange vibrations in the house, and it seems that the target of the spirit is poor, little Carol Anne.
Psychic are called in to record the goings on which leads to the introduction of the eccentric Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein), but I'll say no more of her, you'll just have to watch the film.
So, without going through the whole order of the film and making this seem like a synopsis rather than a review, I'd like to point out that this movie has it all. A touch of humour (typical Spielberg), a lot of thriller and a little bit of charm. It's scary at parts and can be a little unnerving at others, which is all down to great performances from the whole cast. Each actor/actress plays their role superbly, including the brilliant Beatrice Straight as one of the psychic investigators, and its a classic case of 'You couldn't think of anyone else to play that part...'. They all make their stamp on the film and mould each character as their own.
This film is a must for any horror/thriller fan, old or new. If you're a budding Wes Craven or del Toro and would like to see how director Tobe Hooper done it to perfection with a budget that was smaller than the role of Carol Anne's canary, then this is the one to watch. It's up there with my favourite films so if you're an Elm Street or Entity fan then buy this.
You will not be let down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2013
Poltergeist can now be regarded as a genuine horror classic. It's ingrained not just in horror cinema but in cinema itself.

Masterfully directed by Tobe Hooper, with a possible helping hand of Steven Spielberg- Poltergeist draws you in. Not much happens for the first half hour as we are introduced to beautiful sunny suburbia- and then all hell breaks loose.

For me the beauty in the film is not always the horror, but the characters. All of the main cast even the kids got plenty of time to express themselves- Something unimaginable in todays films.

Sure sometimes the film gets a little too overworked and the actors can fall into the easy trap of hamming it up- and there are some funny moments within all the chaos.

It's very interesting nonetheless- and I did notice the running theme of adults acting like kids and kids acting like adults.

It's actually quite a thoughtful movie and even has an odd warmth to it. Though there are a few scary moments. The final fifteen minutes are played out to such effect, that one could call it pure horror.

I dread to see the remake which has been announced. I'm quite sure it will be everything that this film wasn't.

Poltergeist is an essential purchase to your collection, a classic film in every sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There have been 100s of films made since this from the early 1980s about ghosts taking over a family/house or a child etc.
Poltergeist was one of the pioneers of the genre. It still holds up very well today, maybe there isn't the gore, the blood, guts and sheer fear of modern horror movies but it has a great story, great acting and great special effects.
I enjoyed watching this again after many years. It is a classic Spielberg film up there with E.T and other such films.

Enjoy.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
It appears the original-idea-free zone that is Hollywood is about to besmirch the memory of yet another of my all-time favourite movies. If you are a lot younger than me it's just possible that this wonderful example of the horror/suspence genre has slipped under your radar and, if that is the case, I strongly urge you to add this title to your collection. Directed by Tobe Hooper (though many claim the hand of producer Steven Speilberg is clearly visible) and starring the charming Jo-Beth Williams and Craig T Nelson, this is a slow-burner, as it seeks to build an image of loving family life in the first act, which it subsequently sets out to all but destroy by the third. I won't give away any plot details (don't understand why people do that in their reviews!), all I will say is that it's wonderfully acted, expertly photographed and features one the most eerie, spellbinding, pulse-pounding, ear-splitting soundtracks ever committed to celluloid by the late and much lamented Jerry Goldsmith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2011
I recently bought Poltergeist 1 as I hadnt seen it for years but I found it still gave me chills! The sequel is just as scary and actually has more of a plot. I especially like the creepy Julian Beck who has a face to give you nightmares! There is a sad bit where Heather Rourke says she doesnt want to grow up because of course she never did. A properly scary film which hasn't dated at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2011
I am always a bit sceptical when buying a Blu Ray version of an old film, of how the quality is going to be. This film is great on Blu Ray. The picture quality really only falls down when you have the scenes with the "flickering" of the TV, but the quality in the rest of the film is great.

This film was one of the first we watched on VHS when we got our first Video player in the early 80's, and didn't think I'd be watching it in HD all these years later.

The disc has some special features about Poltergeist intrusions, but haven't watched them yet, so can't comment.

Would recommend this Blu Ray disc without a doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 May 2015
This film for me is the ultimate ghost film, and one of the first that scared me. I loved the scene when the ghost hunters set up their cameras at the bottom of the stairs, then all of a sudden the cameras begin to move pointing up towards the top of the stairs with a weird and beautiful light, and when they play the tapes back you see ghost of all ages, I also love the part when the mother was stood at the bottom of the stairs and her daughter passed right through her, this was a tad emotional plus this part of the film stuck with me for days. This is a brilliant film and ten times better than the remake.
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on 19 July 2015
If you want to see the best poltergeist movie ever made its right here, the original 1982 version, don't even bother with the pointless soulless remake, the original movie is a wonderful movie in many ways and has so much charm, this is a well crafted horror from the start, the story builds up slowly introducing us to the family, a likable family played by fine actors, the poltergeist invades the home by contacting the young girl through the TV set, and slowly after that it becomes more and more aggressive, it takes the girl and keeps her in a void, the parents most put aside their disbeliefs and call in experts to help confront the paranormal, the movie has fantastic effects for the time and just shows how marvellous a movie can look on a smaller budget especially compared to the rubbish these days and the vast budgets, the cast is great too which is very important, Heather O'Rourke the young girl was a fantastic actress and was a crucial part of making us feel for the characters, the movie does have genuine scares which give you shivers, this is probably one of the best ghost stories ever made, its exceptionally good for the 80's a well directed movie by Tobe Hooper (Chainsaw massacre, lifeforce, invaders from mars) certainly check this out if you want a quality scary movie with a great cast and story, it now looks even better on Blu-ray.

Features include a documentary about real life poltergeist and spirit phenomenon, 26-mins approx.
Region Free ABC disc, run time 114-mins, 1982.
Has multiple language and subtitle options.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2009
A couple of you guys enquired about the glaring jump cut at the scene where Diane Freeling is describing the sensation of being pulled to the scene at the neighbour's front door. Well this isn't a flaw in the disc. That is in fact a deliberate edit. I have both the original vhs and dvd and it appears there too. The vhs is from 1983 when it was released. I've often wondered why it was cut this way myself but in a strange kinda way it works. Hope this helped.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2011
well i have just bought this on blu ray as i have not seen it in years and was quite sceptical as to how the blu ray trasfer would look given the age of the film but i need not have worried its fantastic.its looks as if it was made yesterday thats how good it looks.
and the film is just as good as it ever was,made me jump in a few places, very errie and atmospheric.and the effects have stood the test of time very well,and to be honest what else would you expect from steven speilberg and tobe hopper a brilliant colabaration.
this is a very fast paced film never stays still for 1 minute and you just never know what to expect next.if you like a good horror film then this is a must buy blu ray,but a word of warning if you dont like clowns then this film is deffo not for you.
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