Poltergeist

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Poltergeist Overview

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

Who Stars in Poltergeist

Craig T. Nelson
Steve Freeling

Craig T. Nelson

JoBeth Williams
Diane Freeling

JoBeth Williams

Beatrice Straight
Dr. Lesh

Beatrice Straight

Heather O'Rourke
Carol Anne Freeling

Heather O'Rourke

Dominique Dunne
Dana Freeling

Dominique Dunne

Oliver Robins
Robbie Freeling

Oliver Robins


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Review for Poltergeist

Author: Max Tyrone

Like most of my contemporaries, I remember as a kid staying up late at night during the AMC Halloween horror movie marathon week (or was it a complete 31 days?) and watching the Freeling family get spooked by some O. G. paranormal activity; watching their house turn into a portal for spirits, some of which abducting their youngest daughter. Unlike some of my contemporaries, I'm very split on this film. As a fan of the genre, horror always intrigues me, even when it's done poorly/reuses the tired tropes. When rewatching _Poltergeist_ for what seems to be the twentieth time - now in my early twenties - the movie seems dated, to the point where what made it bone-chilling in the first place, seems calm and a little ridiculous. Perhaps I'm desensitized to this type of movie. Perhaps I'll appreciate it more when I do have a family, when I _am_ Craig T. Nelson. But currently, the film struggles against its pacing, unconvincing effects (see scene in the children's room where the closet tries to vacuum them up, and the "face" scene - you'll know), and the nature of it attempting to be both family friendly and a horror movie. Sustained over the years since its release, however, are the performances by the cast, specifically the parents. Overall, it's still a fun film; but because of some considerable flaws, it hasn't aged too well. Recommended for kids? - Hell yes. How else are they going to attain the fear of clowns?


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Production

SLM Production Group


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1982-06-04

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 54 mins

Budget
$ 10,700,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 122,200,000.00 (USA)

Profit
$ 111,500,000.00 (Estimated in USA)

Genres
Horror

Keywords
parent child relationship medium ghostbuster poltergeist haunted house dying and death family relationships good vs evil paranormal phenomena power of goodness haunted


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