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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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Many scary scenes, and thoughts, to fill your dreams at night.
Agoura Hills, Ca. May be a normal Suburb, with a burial ground relocated.
Now watch the ghosts come inside, to stay the night.
Scare meter 3/3
Without hesitation, yes. I've seen this film probably 15 times, had the VHS, then the DVD. But the Blu-ray knocks out of the park. On my 46" Samsung screen, it was like the first time I saw it in the theatre. I cannot overstate the presence or the quality of the transfer. It was an act of love and artistry.
DGA records Tobe Hooper as the director of this film, and the controversy lingers. The end is pure Hooper, wildly funny excess, shocks, extreme closeups of faces in terror. But the best of the film is vintage Spielberg: the lighting, the looks of awe as the camera moves in or out. This is one of my favorite films, and to see it so brilliantly translated to high definition is a great delight.
The Freeling family live in a cozy suburb. They are not alone. They live with an old tree that loves tasty children and an assortment of TV people. Their young daughter Carol Anne Freeling goes for a visit beyond the pale. This is just the beginning.
The movie is a classic; many of the things we know about Poltergeists actual came from this movie.
My favorite scene is when they move into a motel and jettison the Twanky.
If you are not familiar with a Twanky, It is more of a TV that has a tendency to follow you here and there.
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From the discussion of the guiding spirits for the film (see the editorial reviews and some of the others) clearly it must have been Spielberg who kept the lid on the horrors and the emphasis on the family and the familiar. If so, it was providential for the film since it is the difference between an audience of devotees and younger people and an audience of everybody.
At any rate, I commend the film to those who have not yet seen it. It has not aged at all, although lacking in the technological advances that people have come to expect. It is still a good people movie, the essence of longevity of appeal for an audience.