DVD - 1999
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Life is very pleasant for a California family until a host of other-worldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. Their house is turned into a supernatural sideshow, and if the family doesn't clear out, they will be swept off into nightmarish chaos.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1999, 1982.
ISBN: 9780790744193
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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This is a decent show! Not the best, but for a 1943 movie really good. The scariest thing about this movie though, were the creepy things that happened while and after filming. Real skeletons, disturbances not part of the movie that happened on set and of corse the deaths of many actors. Good acting! Overall kinda creepy. Some scene were great and scary the chairs, the meat, the face part. The movie along with being creepy was funny (especially the last scene of the movie).

ArapahoeElena Jun 24, 2017

A suspense horror classic! Well shot, and will make you look twice at television snow.

Jan 19, 2017

A garbage "ghost" story. Read ManMachine's comments further down for the best review of this junk.

Nov 22, 2016

Classic horror film that still works today. Must see film.

Apr 23, 2016

I'll be honest; this is the first real horror movie I've seen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it to be just the right amount of scary: enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, but not so much that I'll be losing sleep at night. There's not much character development or anything like that, but the film doesn't really need it as it's just a fun movie meant to scare viewers; and it does that very well.

Oct 28, 2015

After having just watched the horrible remake, I had to go back and see the original.
The special effects are dated, but this is a 1982 movie, so it's expected. Script and character wise, it is far better than the remake.

Sep 25, 2015

Actually, better than the newer versions of this movie.

Jul 22, 2014

its goo

Jun 22, 2014

(*Spoilers Ahead!*)

When it comes to the likes of horror flicks, Poltergeist has got to be one of the all-time, most over-rated pieces of movie-junk that I have ever seen. There's no ifs, ands, or buts, about it.

There's absolutely no subtlety, or artistic restraint in evidence anywhere in this flick. We, the viewer, are literally bulldozed to death, and then buried alive by an onslaught of preposterous special effects that are only there to distract us from the plain, simple truth that - "THIS FLICK REALLY SUCKS!!"

Just like The Shining - I cannot figure out, for the life of me, why so many people continue (32 years later) to still make such a ridiculous fuss over this one. Let's face it - Poltergeist isn't that good. It isn't!

For one thing - Would someone please tell me - What sort of a property development company builds a subdivision of homes right on top of a goddamn graveyard, and only moves the headstones to another location, and leaves the actual coffins still buried there in the ground? Eh? Who??

Like, am I expected to accept, without question, that during the initial excavation of all of this property (laying sewer pipes, creating basements, building swimming pools, etc., etc.) that not a single, solitary coffin was ever dug up at this point? And - Am I also supposed to believe that the entire construction crew working on this project were actually all in on this conspiracy not to move any of the graves, and so they just built everything around them?

C'mon, now! That's just plain preposterous and idiotic.

As some sort of compensation for my attitude towards this flick - It gives me the greatest of pleasure to know that behind the scenes of this flick's production, Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper were at each other's throats constantly over the direction of Poltergeist. Things got so nasty between these 2 that Hooper was eventually removed from his directorial duties, and Spielberg, himself, took over the show.

Jun 08, 2013

The combination of everyday suburbia with paranormal activity brought home the idea that this kind of thing could happen to anyone. Some classic Spielbergisms combining crazy, spooky, frantic scenes with humourous dialogue. The dolly zoom (ala hitchcock) of the hallway is very effective.

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Robbie “Where are they coming from?”
Diane “I don’t know”

Robbie “It looks at me, it knows I live here”

Diane “Well who did you mean?”
Heather “The T.V. people”

Diane: “Do not go into the light”

Jun 08, 2013

Tangina: Help me tie this around my waist.

Diane: What do you think you're doing?

Tangina: I'm going in after her.

Diane: She won't come to you. Let me go.

Tangina: You've never done this before.

Diane: Neither have you.


Tangina: You're right. You go.

Dimmu16 Mar 14, 2012

"They're Here!"

-Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne), Poltergeist I.


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Jun 11, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: What Dimmu16 said, as well as when the guy "rips his face off."

Dimmu16 Apr 29, 2012

Violence: Well its a horror film. The family is attacked!

Dimmu16 Apr 29, 2012

Coarse Language: The occasional swears.

Dimmu16 Apr 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When Carol Anne is sucked into the other sitde. And when Robbie is kidnapped. Oh and when they try to get Carol Anne back near the end. And a few others.

Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

Other: I have noticed that a lot of the actors have passed away. Sad! Carol Anne - Heather O'Rourke (1975-1988 12 years old), Dana - Dominique Dunne (1959-1982 22 years old), Tangina - Zelda Rubinstein (1933-2010 76 years old), Dr Lesh - Beatrice Straight (1914-2001 86 years old). Some people think this is the work of The Poltergeist Curse.

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Apr 23, 2016

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Dimmu16 Apr 09, 2012

The Freeling family, live in a beautiful and happy neighborhood. Everything seems fine and perfect until odd things begin to happen. For example, chairs moving and little Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) being slide across the floor. Then it gets serious, the creature creating the problems has decided to start kidnapping the Freeling Children. The tree takes Robbie (Oliver Robbins) and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) is sucked into her closet sending her to another world known as 'The Other Side'. But the family was only able to save Robbie (Oliver Robbins) so now the remaining family have to get help from ghost hunters to save Carol Anne or they may lose her forever!

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