Rent Poltergeist (1982)

3.6 of 5 from 161 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
"They're Here," playful at first... but not for long. A storm erupts, a tree attacks and little Carol Anne Freeling is whisked onto a spectral void. As her family confronts horrors galore, something else is here too: a new benchmark in Hollywood ghost stories.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais
Others:
Michael Wood, Richard Edlund, Bruce Nicholson, Jerry Goldsmith, Stephen Hunter Flick, Richard L. Anderson
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
Awards:

1983 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

BBFC:
Release Date:
15/10/2007
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Documentary in two parts: Science of the Spirits / Communing with the Dead
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/10/2008
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0, German Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed Documentary in 2 Parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing with the Dead

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Reviews (1) of Poltergeist

Superior Ghost Movie - Poltergeist review by Pork Chop Express

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01/11/2018

I remember watching this when I was a kid. It scared the pants off me. Tobe Hooper happens to have directed Texas Chainsaw. It has the involvement of Spielberg I believe somewhere and ILM and I think the former was at odds with Hooper's dark vision! There is of course the tale of Hooper supposedly using real cadavers from a local mortuary / college for some of the end scenes.

The effects are amazing and ILM lends itself to the very spectral feel of them. But a lot of the poltergeist effects are highly practical and the music complements the direction by building emotion and a sense of dread which helps the audience really care about this normal American family.

The shocks are there. Its really creepy. And because we care and become invested in the family we really want them to be able to overcome their supernatural adversary.

It is not really for the 12A type audience more of a 12+ audience (don't say I didn't warn you). Don't even bother to see the 2015 remake. It is pantsy! The father's humour is misplaced and as a result you can't take anything that happens to the family seriously. Everything is better in the original: screenplay, direction, photography, sound, music, cast, characters, SFX, Practical effects, etc, etc

If you like engaging spooky thrillers you will not be disappointed. Don't forget the classics!

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