Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller
Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller
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A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. —Rob Hartill.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
Aug 22, 2021 at 10:37 AM
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They're uh, here
I admit to not being a big fan of horror movies, but this was actually a nice exception. What really impressed me is how good the acting is. All of the characters in this film feel so real. I especially love Heather O'Rourke. Now, this movie has become infamous for a number of reasons. Shortly after it was made, the actress who played the elder sister, Dominique Dunne, was strangled to death by her ex boyfriend.As if that weren't enough, the skeletons used in this film were actually real. Hey, that's two confirmed rumors that appeared on Snopes! Anyway, for the most part, the visuals were great and they seemed to hold up quite well. I really do feel sorry for this family and all that they're going through. My only complaint is that there's this scene at the beginning where these guys watching football complaining about watching Mr. Rogers. Never speak ill of him! ***1/2
Good For Movie Night
I watched this movie as a kid and only recently rewatched it recently. I love the monstrosities that it creates, obviously being something different than just ghosts. It makes me feel bad for the family, and depending on how much you believe in this kind of stuff, it can be a problem people really experience. The ending however leaves you somewhat unsure of what will happen to the family, and if their reputation will rebuild itself. Great effects for its time though, really can give you a good scare if you're fragile enough, haha.
An enjoyable film still - but not without it's issues
I still liked watching this film after 35 or so years. There are many things about it in the reviews written that I think are true, that make it not sound so good, but I still think it blows most modern day horror out of the water. Yes, it might not have the same scariness as 30 odd years ago, and some pretty silly stuff going on, but it's still quite fun and imaginative and creepy, and in my opinion original.I love the fact that despite being a slightly apple pie American family, we actually see a family and how they interact. There's a beautiful scene in the parent's bedroom where the mum is smoking some pot and the husband is reading a book and they are just talking. In today's horror, this would be cut out, seen as superfluous and not related to the driving forward of the plot - which is exactly the problem with most films today - it's all about getting to the next set piece, so we don't see real families, and real people, just actors representing types of people.The main problem for me is poorly written plot. Nothing is really that clear. There's a lot of talk, especially from Tangina the medium, but it's all jumbled and waffley and doesn't really make that much sense. There are many questions that were not thought through. For example, if the whole Cuesta verde housing development was built on a graveyard, then why are the graves just popping up in their house and no one elses. It's also not clear when it's the devil? or when it's the supposed harmless lost souls who are reaching out and causing things to happen.....with most films it would make me angry and turn off, but Poltergeist is so good in other departments you can kind of lose yourself from the unanswered stuff and just enjoy the spectacle - until after it's over and you are left scratching your head.I really do not understand why when millions of dollars and so much time is spent on a movie, they still fail to tell a coherent story. Of course the cliched answer is that we all want to be spoon fed and not to think. This doesn't make sense, because how can you take any meaning from a film, and go away and think about it on a deeper level, when even the basic plot isn't clear - and the by the end of a movie we should at least have a totality of the basic plot, with basic things making sense and answered
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