"Poltergeist" is a supernatural horror film that delves into the terrifying experiences of the Freeling family after they move into a suburban home in California. The family's life takes a nightmarish turn when their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, starts communicating with unseen entities through the television set.
As paranormal events escalate, the family discovers that their house is built on a burial ground, and the spirits are restless. The malevolent force, which identifies itself as the "Beast," kidnaps Carol Anne, forcing the family to seek the help of parapsychologists and a spiritual medium to rescue
June 4, 1982
PG (Note: This was before the introduction of the PG-13 rating, and the film's intense scenes led to discussions about the need for an intermediate rating between PG and R.)
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Cast & Crew
- Craig T. Nelson as Steve Freeling
- JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling
- Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh
- Dominique Dunne as Dana Freeling
- Steven Spielberg
- Michael Grais
- Mark Victor
Where to Stream
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United Kingdom (GB)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and SLM Production Group
MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Box Office Collection:
"Poltergeist" was met with critical acclaim upon its release. Critics praised the film for its effective blend of horror and family drama, making it both terrifying and emotionally resonant.
The film's special effects, particularly for the time, were lauded for their innovation and ability to evoke fear. The performances, especially that of young Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein, were highlighted for their depth and authenticity.
Roger Ebert, in his review, wrote, "It's not just a ghost story, but also a meditation on the mysteries that surround the daily lives of everyone." The film's ability to turn the familiar, like a suburban home, into a place of terror was noted by many as its standout feature.
Audiences flocked to theaters to experience the chills and thrills "Poltergeist" had to offer. Its box office success is a testament to its widespread appeal.
Over the years, the film has garnered a cult following and is often cited as one of the best horror films of the 1980s. Its iconic scenes, like the static-filled TV and the clown doll, have become ingrained in popular culture.
Awards & Nominations:
"Poltergeist" was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. Jerry Goldsmith's haunting score was particularly praised for elevating the film's eerie atmosphere.
While it didn't win in any of the categories, the nominations solidified the film's place as a technical and artistic achievement in the horror genre.