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When Steve Freeling moves his family into a new house in the development where he is the top homes salesman, it looks like things are going well for him and his family. But as his wife, Diane, and his children, Dana, Robbie and little Carol Anne, begin to unpack and settle in, strange things start happening. Almost playful at first, a mysterious force begins stacking chairs on the kitchen table, or making objects slide across the floor. But the ghostly antics soon turn terrifying as the house, or something in it, starts attacking the Freeling family, and Carol Anne is abducted by evil spirits still trapped on Earth, looking to use her innocence to get into the afterlife. This truly frightening film was written and produced by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg ("War of the Worlds"), directed by horror movie master Tobe Hooper (the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre"), Craig T. Nelson ("The Invisibles"), Jobeth Williams ("Fever Pitch") and Zelda Rubinstein ("Sixteen Candles").
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 46
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Poltergeist is like a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare, one that you know that you can always wake up from, and one in which, at the end, no one has permanently been damaged. It's also witty in a fashion that Alfred Hitchcock might have appreciated.
Fresh: The film delivers honest special-effects shocks without forfeiting its good nature.
Fresh: Hooper and Spielberg hold our interest by observing the everyday rituals of this family so closely that, since the family seems real, the weird events take on a certain credibility by association.
Fresh: Though the shocks are well conveyed, it's the sweetness that lingers, making this the first cute and cuddly entry in the genre.
I am still afraid of my TV set
An Original Favorite
Don't miss it... they don't make em like this anymore.
I am so getting all 3 of these movies when I have enough money!! Also...This is PG?!?! Wow!! Surprising!!