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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.