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Poltergeist 25th Anniversary: Deluxe Edition (DVD)
A typical family in a quiet suburb of a normal California faces a frightening ordeal when its home is invaded by a Poltergeist. Late one night, 10-year-old Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) hears a voice coming from inside the television set ... At first, the spirits that invade the Freeling's home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry. And when Carol Anne is pulled from this world into another, Steve and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams--In the Land of Women) turn to an exorcist (Zelda Rubinstein) in this horror classic from director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre films) and producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg.]]>
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I saw this movie for the first time back when it was released in 1982. I was twelve years old at the time, and found it genuinely frightening. Now that I'm older and have seen it many times, it doesn't scare me so much anymore, but it still delivers. A collaboration between Steven Spielberg (of such films as....well you know!) and Tobe Hooper (director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre). POLTERGEIST is the only ghost story that I have ever seen that delivers chills, state-of-the-art special effects, and unforgettable (and very believable) performances by the entire cast, yet remains in a class all its own simply because it laces these elements with both humor and warmth.
After living in their brand new house for the last five years, the very close Freeling family starts to notice strange happenings every now and then. Particularly observant is 5-year old Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke as an absolute doll). At first the ghostly pranks are a little exciting to the family, but soon they realize the ghosts are not simply just playing around, but mean real business. The POLTERGEIST swings into full force, making it's intentions clear, pulling the family into a living nightmare from which they may not escape.
This DVD edition doesn't really offer many extras, but the picture is the best that I've ever seen (the televised versions that we saw for years were very grainy, even blurred). An interesting observation that I made was that the theatrical trailer actually shows some extended sequences/dialogue that are not in the film (?). Maybe we'll be treated to a special edition somewhere down the line. Followed in 1986 by the sequel POLTERGEIST II: The Other Side, which would've been slightly better had Hooper or Speilberg been involved.
What really gives me the chills about this film is, although I came from some pretty frightening, nightmarish neighborhoods of Detroit, while I was in Hawaii, I started to see the beauty of the modern day home design and construction, and when I finally got stationed in Northern California, this development of Cueste Verde looks a lot like the neighborhoods of Vacaville, California (about 50 miles from San Francisco), so watching this film again since I've been in California, has given this film a whole new sense of terror to me.
The classic "haunted house" of film's past usually look more like some hundred year old house. But this film makes the modern day house look like it can be haunted too. Whenever I drive through Vacaville, I am reminded of this film.
It is also amazing that even though this film is only 30 years old, it's interesting how so many of the actors and actresses in this film are already dead and gone. Even Heather O'Rourke (who played 4 year old Carol Anne), is dead and gone.
Yeah, I'll have to say that this film has some stronger means of terrifying me more than just being a haunted house film. I feel like this can happen even in my own neighborhood. Thank you Steven Spielberg for putting classic horror in a modern day reality setting.
But, because this film came out in the early eighties, it remains one of my favorites to remind me of my wonderful military days.
When I think of "Poltergeist", I think of Hickam Air Force Base, and the black haired beauty I took to the theatre with me when I first saw this movie.