The Freeling’s are your typical American family and they just recently moved into a new house in the California suburbs. Not before long strange things begin to happen around the family’s new home and their youngest daughter Carol Ann (Heather O’Rourke) is sucked into her very own closest! When para-psychologist is hired to check out the house, the findings are even more than she can handle as they discover the house is haunted by ghosts that have taken Carol Ann to another spectral plane.
I have to start out by staying that this was the first time I saw Poltergeist. I was too young to have seen it when it came out (year I was born) and I just never got around to it due to the fact that it’s not THAT popular. I mean sure, Poltergeist is a classic horror movie that many have paid homage to, but it’s not one that is widely mentioned in common movie talk. That is why I was sooo00 surprised with how good it was for a movie made in 1982. As I watched this movie, I kept thinking to myself that I’ve seen many of these different aspects and elements in many of the films today, namely Insidious (a movie about similar events). I’m amazed that Poltergeist doesn’t come up in conversation when these movies are talked about because Poltergeist IS the epitome of the type of horror I LOVE! I like the supernatural and eerie. I like the suspense and imagery. I don’t really like movies with a lot of gore (except Saw) and as I watched this movie, it made me realize just what kind of impact this movie had on the kinds of horror films being made 30 years later. The only aspect of the movie I didn’t like was the VERY end. In my opinion, the movie should have ended after the highly suspenseful conclusion that decided Carol Ann’s fate. Everything after that just seemed to ruin the emotional feelings those events created. It was as if we watched a great masterpiece and before it was over, they threw in a cartoon. The last part wasn’t scary and almost seemed comical. It doesn’t matter anyways, Poltergeist is a top-notch horror film and one that has influenced many others since. Starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein.
8/10 Stars – An under-praised paranormal thriller that many movies have used as a blue print many years later.
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