More About Poltergeist
Ghosts invade suburbia in this 1982 horror film from director Tobe Hooper (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) and producer Steven Spielberg. Life in the Freeling family's tract home is comfortably bland, but frisky poltergeists soon put a little excitement into their daily routine--moving furniture and communicating with their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, through the television set. Unfortunately, harmless pranks quickly turn nasty and the previously friendly ghosts kidnap Carol Anne, trapping her in the spirit world. To win the child back, the family calls in a team of parapsychologists and a psychic who conducts an elaborate exorcism. The apocalyptic finale is deliciously macabre, and pushed the limits of the PG rating. A number of sequels followed, and speculation still remains on whether Spielberg--who wrote the story and storyboarded the action--essentially ghost directed the film.
Main Cast & Crew
Tobe Hooper - Director
Craig T. Nelson
Filmed in Metrocolor and Panavision. Film was originally rated R by the MPAA, but received a PG on appeal. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing.
"...[The film is] strong on technique....Well-acted....Williams is terrific..." - 05/26/1982 Variety
"...POLTERGEIST is like a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare, one that you know that you can always wake up from....Witty in a fashion that Alfred Hitchcock might have appreciated..." - 06/04/1982 New York Times, p.C16
Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1982" - 12/26/1982 New York Times, p.II:17
4 stars out of 5 -- "POLTERGEIST balances genuine scares with light relief and a top performance from Heather O'Rourke....Classic stuff." - 11/01/2007 Empire, p.202
3 stars out of 5 -- "The performances are solid, the themes intriguing and the whispery build-up effective..." - 12/01/2007 Total Film, p.150