Monday, September 7, 2009

Poltergeist (1982)

A family living in a suburban town is having problems with spirits.  The little girl of the family is speaking with spirits through the television set and things are moving around the house.  One night, the hauntings get much worse.  The young boy in the family is attacked by a tree and he is about to be eaten until his father saves him.  All of this is really a distraction so the spirits can steal the little girl.  The family then tries everything, with the help of paranormal psychics to get their child back.

"Poltergeist" is an excellent ghost movie made by Steven Spielberg.  Tobe Hooper gets the directing credit, but all signs show that Spielberg really directed the movie.  I wouldn't doubt it.  This is a ghost movie that only Spielberg could do.  

There are several scenes that are really great.  I love it when the chairs stack up on the table in one take.  It really is a shock.  It is at this point that we know that there really is something wrong in the house.  Another great scene is the sequence where the mother goes into the other dimension to get her little girl back.  It is quite thrilling and you do not know what to expect on the other side.  There is also another scene where one of the para-psychologists peels off his face to reveal his skeleton.  That was really frightening.  Of course, it was all in his mind though.

One of the most famous scenes from the film is when the clown doll attacks the little boy.  It is a scary scene, but I don't get why the boy would sleep with a scary clown doll starring at him.  It didn't make any sense.

Everything was top notch in "Poltergeist".  It has excellent acting, especially from the parents played by Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams.  It has excellent special effects and a great score from Jerry Goldsmith.  

"Poltergeist" is a thrilling ghost movie in every sense of the word.  Spielberg once again proves why he is such an amazing talent.  Now I have to watch the sequels again.  The second one used to scare the hell out of me.

One more thing...  When the skeletons start emerging from the pool with JoBeth Williams in it, it is incredibly creepy.  What makes it even scarier is knowing that Spielberg used real skeletons!

B+  I recommend it.

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