Poltergeist

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With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same time as Spielberg's E.T., the film presents the dark side of Spielberg's California suburban track homes. The film centers on the Freeling family, a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. The father, Steve, has fallen asleep in front of the television, and the dog saunters around the house revealing the other family members -- Steve's wife Diane, sixteen-year-old daughter Dana, eight-year-old son Robbie, and five-year-old Carol Ann. Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake ("They're he-e-ere!"). As curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh, a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.






Poltergeist



Screening Times

Film Info

Tom Hooper, 1982, US, 114 minutes, PG

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Cast Members: Craig T Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Zelda Rubinstein
Format: Digital
Producer: Steven Spielberg